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Prescription statistics

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Professor David Colquhoun (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) comments on the latest statistics for prescription use from the Health Survey for England. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘Sunday Breakfast’ (from 2 hours 33 mins)

Fake Britain: herbal slimming pills

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Professor Simon Gibbons (UCL School of Pharmacy) analyses fake ‘herbal’ slimming pills bought online for the banned substance sibutramine. Watch: BBC One ‘Fake Britain’ (from 38 mins 48 secs)

Premenstrual Syndrome is like drug withdrawal

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Research co-led by Dr Jonathan Fry (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) and Bristol University has found that a small monthly dose of Prozac could cure PMS for four fifths of women. Read: Telegraph

Text messaging service 'helps people take their pills'

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Professor David Taylor (UCL Pharmacy) says text messaging could be coupled with each relevant prescription and prevent several thousand heart attacks and strokes in the UK annually. Read: BBC News

Most people ignore signs of cancer

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A study led by Dr Katriina Whitaker (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre) has found that people are putting their lives at risk by dismissing the warning signs of cancer. Read: Guardian, More: Times (£), Daily Mail, Independent

£125 genetic test kit backed by Google arrives in Britain – with a health warning

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Commenting on a new Google-backed genetic test, Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says that: “For better or worse, direct-to-the-consumer genetic testing companies are here to stay”. Read: Daily Mail, More: Independent, Listen: BBC World Service 'Newshour' (from 46 mins 57 secs), Watch: BBC 2 'Newsnight' (from 24 mins)

DNA Confirms: Here Lieth Richard III, Under Yon Parking Lot

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A statistical analysis led by Professor Mark Thomas and Professor David Balding (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) has combined several different lines of evidence to confirm that ‘Skeleton 1’, discovered in a car park in Leicester, is that of Richard III. Read: National Geographic, More: UCL News

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