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Intelligent computers will assess new treatments for NHS patients

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Professor James Thomas (UCL Institute of Education) is leading a project that aims to speed up the appraisal of cancer drugs and other therapies using artificial intelligence. Read: The Times (£)

The nine lifestyle changes that could save you from dementia

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Professor Gill Livingston (UCL Psychiatry) led a report for The Lancet Commission on dementia prevention, intervention and care, suggesting that a third of dementia cases could be prevented via lifestyle change. Read: Telegraph (£), More: Guardian, Independent, Mail Online, Express, The Sun, ITV News, CBS News, BBC News, Financial Times, Reuters

Believe it or not, Britain is getting happier

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Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) has written about recent data released by the Office for National Statistics, which indicates that Britain is “definitely happier” compared to a year ago. Read: City AM

Grenfell: Hansford to lead industry inquiry

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Former government chief construction adviser, Professor Peter Hansford (UCL Bartlett) is to carry out an independent review into the Grenfell Tower tragedy, commissioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers. Read: Construction News

Uncovering the mystery of Stonehenge

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Professor Michael Parker Pearson (UCL Archaeology), who led the Stonehenge Riverside Project from 2003 to 2009, explains that the project found that Stonehenge was built in two phases. Read: BBC News

Why is Jane Austen trending 200 years after her death?

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Professor John Mullan (UCL English Language & Literature) has commented on Jane Austen’s “stylistic brilliance” on the anniversary of the author’s death. Read: BBC News

Life expectancy rises 'grinding to halt'

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Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) said he was “deeply concerned” the gradual increase in life expectancy had levelled off since 2010, saying the stagnation needs “urgent” investigation. Read: BBC News, More: Evening Standard, Independent, ITV News, Financial Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Mail Online, The Sun, New Scientist, Huffington Post, City AM, Reuters, BBC Radio 5 Live 'Morning Reports' (from 1 min 20 secs).

Travel tax plan wins £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize

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Gergely Raccuja (UCL graduate) has won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize for a plan to improve Britain’s ailing roads with a proposal to scrap fuel and vehicle taxes and replace them with a pay-per-mile charging scheme. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, AOL.

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