King’s in the news - round-up of June 2019

Research from King’s College London and Guy’s, St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals makes headlines around the world. From the brilliant alumni acknowledged in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours to the Love Island stories that really catch the public’s attention, we’ve selected a few recent stories to share with you.

The Queen

Celebrating alumni success

As well as our own Distinguished Alumni Awards, June also saw the announcement of the latest Queen’s birthday honours. We were very proud to have an incredible 26 alumni honoured this year, from Jane Lees (Msc Education Studies, 1979) awarded an OBE for services to Education to alumna and staff member Dr Shubulade Smith (Medicine, 1991), awarded a CBE for services to forensic psychiatric intensive care.

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One size doesn't fit all when it comes to food

New research from King’s has found that individual responses to the same foods are unique, even between identical twins. Findings from the study demonstrate how one-size-fits-all dietary guidelines are too simplistic, and that a personalised approach to nutrition is likely to provide better long-term health benefits.

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Brain scans

Study reveals roots of Parkinson's in the brain

Researchers from King’s College London have uncovered the earliest signs of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, many years before patients show any symptoms. The new study provides the first evidence of a central role for the brain chemical serotonin in the very earliest stages of Parkinson’s. The results suggest changes to the serotonin system could act as a key early warning signal for the disease and raise hopes that early treatment could prevent the condition ever taking hold.

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All about the bromance

King’s Research Assistant, Sergio A Silverio, with Catherine Wilkinson of Liverpool John Moores University and Samantha Wilkinson of Manchester Metropolitan University, discuss the allure of ITV 2’s Love Island.

We analysed the 2018 series of the ITV show – and the public’s reaction to it – and found that one of the key ingredients for the show’s popularity is not the romantic couplings, but the bromances formed. That is to be welcomed, as these bromances offer audiences a healthy model for supportive, accepting and happy relationships.

Love Island’s artificially created relationships and scheduled 'coupling up' activities create plenty of drama – but we argue it is the natural and enduring bonds of friendship that really win viewers over. As viewers see and celebrate the power of the bromance in Love Island, we hope they also pause to appreciate the friendships they have in their own lives – regardless of their relationship status.

Read more in The Conversation

Internet use

Is the internet ruining our memories?

A major review from King’s, Oxford, Harvard and Western Sydney University has found that the internet is physically changing our brains. As well as causing shorter attention spans and worse memory, our smartphones are also replacing our ability to remember facts while tricking us into thinking we know more than we really do.

Read more in The Telegraph

Social care

Social care crisis is letting down professional carers too

Elyse Couch, PhD Researcher in Dementia Care at King’s draws on her own experiences of being a care worker.

The crisis in social care is deepening and will continue to do so without action from the government. Care workers are on the front line of an unsustainable system of care, they are frustrated, underpaid and pushed to their limits. Most care workers are decent people doing their best in an impossible system.

As the debate continues, we must include them, we must understand the challenges they face, and we must do more to give them adequate training and support. It is a matter of life and death.

Read more in The Conversation

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