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Bedside light tool could detect baby brain injury earlier

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A new device could help doctors assess brain damage in newborns earlier and thereby tailor treatment, says Dr Gemma Bale (UCL Engineering), explaining that the near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measures reflected light 'to work out whether brain cells are healthy or damaged.' Read: BBC News

Is this proof the drink drive limit must be lowered?

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Emeritus Professor Richard Allsop (UCL Transport Studies) is now calling for the drink-drive alcohol limit to be lowered by a third, in line with Scotland and most of Europe. Read: Daily Mail

Humans are inherently forgiving, study suggests

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Humans are inherently forgiving, which could explain why people stay in bad relationships and jobs, finds a study involving Dr Christoph Mathys and Dr Robb Rutledge (both UCL Institute of Neurology), and colleagues from Oxford and Yale. Read: Daily Telegraph (£), More: Daily Mail

UCL key partner in £14m cancer biotherapeutics research hub

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UCL researchers will play a leading role in a new world class hub for cancer biotherapeutics, which has been launched by Cancer Research UK. Professor Tariq Enver (UCL Cancer Institute) will lead the new Centre. Read: Evening Standard, More: BBC Radio London 'Drivetime with Eddie Nestor' (from 1hr, 23 mins, 5 secs), BBC1 'London News' (from 13 mins, 54 secs), UCL News

China reviewing its energy investments in UK

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A major chinese nuclear energy company currently reviewing its UK investments shows that nuclear power has 'become unnecessary and grown increasingly so...with every announcement of cost decreases in renewables,' commented Senior Research Associate Paul Dorfman (UCL Energy Institute). Read: FT (£)

Affordable vaping for smokers in poor countries branded 'a human rights issue'

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Professor Martin Jarvis (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health) discusses the call to reduce the cost of e-cigarettes to tackle harmful effects of smoking in the developing world. Read: Guardian

Will a sober October lead to long-term health benefits?

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Giving up alcohol for a month can lead to improved blood pressure and other health benefits – but one alcohol-free month won't offset drinking heavily the rest of year, a study led by Dr Gautam Mehta (UCL Institute for Liver & Digestive Health) has shown. Read: Guardian

Scientists warn of global crisis over failure to tackle TB

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Professor Tim McHugh (UCL Infection & Immunity) said of the forthcoming UN summit on TB, 'If you have heads of state then any measures that are agreed will get much higher priority,' whilst Dr Marc Lipman (UCL Division of Medicine) highlighted that shame 'is a major problem' facing doctors and health services trying to combat TB. Read: Observer

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