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Archive of Media headlines

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Test for weak grip to predict how long you are likely to live

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Research led by Dr Rachel Cooper (UCL MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing) has found that middle-aged people who perform poorly in strength tests are more likely to die in the following 13 years than those who performed well. Read: Daily Mail, More: Daily Express, Telegraph

Pig hearts could be transplanted into humans after baboon success

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Professor Chris Mason (UCL Biochemical Engineering) discusses the future of animal to human organ transplantation following the successful transplantation of a genetically engineered pig heart into a baboon last year. Read: Telegraph, More: Metro

Success really does breed success

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A paper co-authored by Dr Soong Moon Kang (UCL Management Science & Innovation) has found that people who receive help early on in their endeavours are often more successful than people who do not receive an initial helping hand. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

If Pfizer's AstraZeneca takeover succeeds, bad news for UK research

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Professor David Taylor (UCL Practice and Policy) comments on the proposed take over of AstraZeneca by Pfizer and the effects this may have on UK research. Read: The Guardian

The HS2 debate

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Professor John Tomaney (UCL Bartlett) joins the debate on the proposed HS2 line, questioning the effect it will have on the economy of northern towns and cities. Listen: BBC Radio Newcastle ‘Breakfast’ (from 2 hours & 2 hours 11 mins), More: BBC Radio Tees 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 3 mins)

The 'How' of the Hot Hand

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Juemin Xu and Professor Nigel Harvey (UCL Experimental Psychology) have found that the ‘Hot Hand’ phenomenon in gambling, the belief that if you are winning you will probably continue to win, does actually exist. Read: Wall Street Journal (£), More: The Economist, Daily Mail, The New Yorker

Depression drugs linked to child suicide

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Dr Irene Petersen (UCL Primary Care and Population Health) comments on a study which has found that young people given high doses of antidepressants are twice as likely to commit suicide as those on standard doses. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Times

How we can eat more healthily

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Dr Oyinlola Oyebode (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) explains why we tend to pick unhealthier foods and what we can do to make our diets healthier. Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Drivetime with Eddie Nestor' (from 23 mins 30 secs & 33 mins 50 secs)

E-cigarette users in UK have 'tripled' since 2010

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) explains how many smokers are using e-cigarettes as a tool for quitting and that there is no evidence that their use is 'renormalising smoking'. Read: The Guardian, More: Daily Mail, BBC News, Metro

Five everyday myths that make it hard to understand pain

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Dr Amanda C de C Williams (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) examines the five biggest myths behind the understanding of pain. Read: The Conversation

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