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Report suggests light-to-moderate drinking cuts risk of early death

Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) comments on an appropriate level of alcohol intake and when it can become dangerous. Read: Mail Online

Taking the pill lowers women's risk of getting arthritis

Professor David Isenberg (UCL Medicine) comments on a new study demonstrating that the oral contraceptive pill gives women a decreased risk of arthritis. Read: International Business Times , More: Huffington Post , Yahoo News

Desert Island Discs: Professor Kevin Fong

Kirsty Young's castaway is Professor Kevin Fong, a senior lecturer in UCL Physiology and Honorary Professor in UCL Science Technology Engineering & Public Policy. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Desert Island Discs'

Why are doctors and patients still at war over M.E.?

Professor Jonathan Edwards (UCL Medicine) comments on a large trial conducted into the treatment of chronic fatigue condition myalgic encephalomyelitis, saying it 'failed to provide reliable evidence for useful, sustained benefit' from the recommended treatment. Read: Mail Online

Choosing alternative cancer treatment doubles your risk of death

Professor John Bridgewater (UCL Cancer Institute) says there is 'no evidence' that cancer patients benefit from special diets as opposed to conventional treatment. Read: New Scientist , More: Mail Online

Drinking alcohol three to four days a week 'could reduce risk of diabetes'

Professor Nick Finer (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) and Dr Graham Wheeler (UCL Cancer Institute) comment on a study showing that drinking alcohol three or four days each week protects against developing diabetes. Read: Independent , More: Telegraph

Liver machine devised in Britain saves first patient

Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) gives comment on the first patient saved by a new liver dialysis machine invented by Professor Jalan and colleague Dr Nathan Davies (UCL Liver & Digestive Health). Read: The Times (£)

Understanding the brain cancer that John McCain has been diagnosed with

Dr Paul Mulholland (UCL Cancer Institute) helps explain the brain cancer called glioblastoma that John McCain has been diagnosed with. Read: Independent

London's homeless 'dying in hostels rather than hospices'

New research, led by Dr Caroline Shulman (UCL Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department), finds that homeless people in London who are terminally ill are failing to get the support the need from the community. Read: Evening Standard

New findings in study for rare bone cancer

Professor Adrienne Flanagan (UCL Cancer Institute) says that by sequencing the whole genome of the tumours, they have unpicked the mechanism behind osteosarcoma for the first time. Read: Express

Should ageing academics be forced to quit?

Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medical Sciences) discusses Oxford’s decision on compulsory retirement, and how it will impact on the whole academic community. Read: The Guardian

Human tests suggest young blood cuts cancer and Alzheimer’s risk

Professor Arne Akbar (UCL Division of Infection & Immunity) and Professor David Gems (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) comment on results from a study by a company called Ambrosia, highlighting the need for further investigations into the placebo effect and more tests over time. Read: New Scientist (£)

London student's photo project reveals untold stories of Paris camp refugees

UCL medical student, Amy Lineham, is hoping to show the untold stories of refugees living in a crowded migrant camp through a new series of unseen photos.  Read: The Evening Standard

The truth about HIV

A documentary about HIV features Professor Deenan Pillay and Professor Greg Towers (UCL Infection & Immunity) discussing the latest research, Dr Sheena McCormack (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) discussing the preventative measure, PrEP, and is presented by Dr Chris van Tulleken, a PhD student in Professor Towers' lab. Watch: BBC One 'The Truth About...'

Gastric band in a pill provides quick fix for ballooning weight

Professor Rachel Batterham (UCL Medicine) comments on a capsule balloon that can be swallowed to assist in weight loss, saying that it's not as effective as gastric bypass surgery to permanently change appetite. Read: The Times (£)

'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

Research led by Professor Charles Swanton (UCL Cancer Institute & The Francis Crick Institute), Dr Mariam Jamal-Hanjani and Dr Chris Abbosh (UCL Cancer Institute) has found that a blood test could predict lung cancer's return up to one year earlier than standard scans by tracking unstable chromosomes. Read: BBC News , More: Daily Mail , The Atlantic , Express , THE

Brexit brain drain threatens UK universities, MPs warn

Professor David Lomas (UCL Vice-Provost, Health) comments on how international collaboration is vital to academic research, and how retaining access to EU funding after Brexit should be a priority. Read: The Guardian

Forbidden foods: think twice before you give up dairy, meat or wheat

Dr Anton Emmanuel (UCL Medicine) comments on how few people have formally diagnosed problems with dairy consumption. Read: The Times (£)

Ten thousand march for science in London

Numerous UCL academics took part in the march for science on April 22. Coverage includes comment from Professor Jon Butterworth (UCL Physics & Astronomy), Professor Chris Rapley (UCL Earth Sciences), Dr Francisco Diego (UCL Physics & Astronomy), Dr Tracy Underwood (UCL Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering), and Lucy Young (UCL Cancer Institute). Read: The Guardian , More: Financial Times , THE , Nature

Obesity: How Prejudiced Is the NHS?

Professor Rachel Batterham (UCL Medicine) presents a programme discussing the prejudices faced by obese patients seeking bariatric surgery which could be both life-changing and cost-effective.  Watch: BBC Two

Lorry 'collides' with car and cyclist in training exercise

The London Fire Brigade collaborated with the UCL Prehospital Care Programme on a training drill simulating a serious road traffic collision between a lorry, car, and cyclist. Read: Evening Standard

Everest experiment shows low-oxygen environments lead to cognitive decline

A study involving UCL researchers found that low-oxygen environments such as Everest Base Camp can contribute to cognitive decline, which may also have implications to low-oxygen conditions during surgery. Read: The Telegraph

Cryogenic preservation: from single cells to whole organs

Professor Barry Fuller (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) is interviewed about the current state of research into cryogenic preservation. Listen: The Guardian 'Science Weekly'

Haunted by the mystery deaths in Nicaragua’s brutal sugarcane fields

Dr Ben Caplin (UCL Medicine) comments on an unexplained kidney disease responsible for 75% of deaths of young and middle-aged men in Nicaragua, particularly those working on sugarcane fields. Read: The Observer

Tiny magnets covered in sugar could spot if cancer has spread

Professor Jayant Vaidya (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) comments on the development of magnetic beads that could be injected to help identify the lymph nodes closest to a cancerous tumour.  Read: Daily Mail