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How international scholars are fighting for Central European University

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Professor Jan Kubik (UCL School of East European and Slavonic Studies) writes about a Rally for Academic Freedom, organised by UCL SEESS in support of the CEU, which is under threat from legislation passed by Hungary’s government. Read: THE

Test may spot glaucoma before symptoms begin

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Professor Francesca Cordeiro (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology) is leading the development of a simple eye test, patented by UCL Business, that can detect glaucoma before symptoms begin by enabling doctors to see individual nerve cell death in the back of the eye. Read: BBC News, More: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 47 mins 54 secs), The Telegraph, ITV News

'Exciting' blood test spots cancer a year early

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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 toxic air in Britain’s cities demands urgent action – not legal delays

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The air quality problem in Britain's cities needs immediate solutions including higher taxes on the dirtiest of vehicles and low-emissions zones in most cities, writes Dr Aaron Eveleigh (UCL Mechanical Engineering). Read: The Conversation

Bittersweet feeling as Cassini mission embarks on its ‘grand finale’ ahead of death plunge

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Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory) reflects on the finale of the Cassini mission exploring Saturn and its moons that he's worked on for 28 years. Read: The Conversation

The midlife body plan: how to get fit fast

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Researchers at UCL tracked the exercise habits of people in their sixties. They found that those who exercised achieved "healthy" ageing, staving off serious illnesses up to seven times more effectively than their sedentary counterparts. Read: The Times (£)

Artificial womb for premature babies successful in animal trials

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Professor Neil Marlow (UCL Institute for Women's Health) and Professor Anna David (Institute for UCL Women's Health) comment on a fluid-filled 'biobag' which allows premature lambs to develop outisde the womb. Read: The Guardian, More: Science, New Scientist

The truth about saturated fat: Does it really clog arteries?

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Professor Alun Hughes (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) and Dr Amitava Banerjee (UCL Institute of Health Informatics) comment on an article that claims saturated fats do not increase heart risk. Read: The Week, More: The Guardian, The Telegraph

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