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Nasty noises: why we recoil at unpleasant sounds

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Knife on a bottle (from Fritish on Flickr)

Heightened activity between the emotional and auditory parts of the brain explains why the sound of chalk on a blackboard, or a knife on a bottle, is so unpleasant.

UCL Discovery downloads surpass 2m

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Statistics

The total number of papers, reports and PhD dissertations downloaded from UCL Discovery, the university’s Open Access repository, surpassed 2,000,000 during September 2012.

Cardiac medication may reduce stiffness caused by certain muscle diseases

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Professor Mike Hanna

Mexiletine, a decades-old drug previously used to treat abnormal heart rhythms, has been used to alleviate the symptoms of patients with nondystrophic myotonias (NDMs), rare diseases that affect the skeletal muscle and cause functionally limiting stiffness and pain.

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