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UCLOpinion is the home for opinion and expertise from around the UCL academic community on topical social and political issues. Views expressed are those of the authors, and not of UCL.

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Angelina Jolie Pitt’s surgery is just one option for women at risk of cancer

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie Pitt has revealed in the New York Times that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to prevent ovarian cancer. Two years ago she underwent a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction after she was found to carry a mutation, or alteration, on the BRCA1 gene. This was inherited from her mother, who developed ovarian cancer aged 49, says Dr Lucy Side (UCL Women's Cancer) in The Conversation. More...

Published: Mar 27, 2015 12:02:15 PM

Ormerod

Why crime is falling – and it’s nothing to do with the slow death of capitalism

Economic statistics are the bane of forecasters’ lives. Cynics might say that this is because the data reveal how bad their predictions are. But a big practical problem is that initial estimates of the state of the economy can be revised substantially, writes Dr Paul Ormerod (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) in City AM. More...

Published: Mar 26, 2015 2:34:52 PM

David Price

The Independent Review of the Implementation of the RCUK Open Access policy

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has today released the Report of an independent review body on the implementation of its Open Access policy. It is not a review of Open Access policies and their implementation in the UK. The Report is quite clear about this – it is a review of the impacts of the implementation of the RCUK Policy on Open Access for its funded research outputs, writes Professor David Price (Vice-Provost, Research) in Richard Poynder's blog. More...

Published: Mar 26, 2015 12:05:41 PM

Eleanor Robson

Modern war, ancient casualties

“Islamic State cowards have destroyed the Assyrian empire” ran one headline in the Guardian on March 16. “‘Ancient statues’ destroyed by ISIS in Mosul were FAKES”, suggested the Daily Mail on the very same day. The truth is somewhere in between, but it will take many months of careful analysis to determine exactly how much of northern Iraq’s cultural heritage has been lost since the invasion in June 2014, writes Professor Eleanor Robson (UCL History) in TLS.
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Published: Mar 26, 2015 11:53:43 AM

Sarah Jackson

Weighing the evidence for banning skinny catwalk models

The French government is backing parliamentary plans to ban unhealthily thin models from catwalks. Under two proposed amendments to recent health reforms, anyone employing skinny, undernourished fashion models or “glorifying anorexia” could face fines of up to €75,000 (US$80,000; £54,000; A$104,000) and a six-month prison sentence, writes Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) in The Conversation.
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Published: Mar 25, 2015 12:13:21 PM