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Tiny tubes in your neck that could cut the risk of a stroke

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Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led Professor Martin Brown (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation). Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Experimental drugs for patients could be available from March after Government backs Saatchi Bill

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL Department of General Surgery) comments on the Medical Innovation Bill, which if passed would make it easier for doctors to use experimental drugs on dying patients. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, The Week

Myelin helps you learn new skills

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A study led by Professor William Richardson (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has discovered new evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Curing cancer

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Documentary following four UCLH patients as they take part in advanced cancer treatment trials - from the labs of the UCL Cancer Institute to the wards of UCLH. Watch: Channel 4, Read: UCL News

Why sugary sports drinks may be slowing athletes down

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A group of UCL health experts led by Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) have written a consensus statement calling for action to tackle poor oral health among athletes. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Daily Mail (2), Scotsman, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Drivetime' (from 15 mins 13 secs)

Resistant starch could ward off diabetes

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Dr Christoffer Van Tulleken (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains how cooking pasta then cooling it may increase its resistant starch content and why this could be good for our health. Read: Daily Mail

CMV virus can infect the foetus and cause hearing loss

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Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains how cytomegalovirus (CMV) is caught and how to prevent transmission. Read: Daily Mail

Lung cancers can 'lie dormant' in ex-smokers for up to 20 years

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A study led by Professor Charles Swanton (UCL Research Department of Oncology) has found that lung cancers in ex-smokers can lie dormant for up to 20 years before they begin to grow into a life-threatening tumour. Read: Independent, More: Daily Mail, Times of India

Obesity levels draw attention to muffin and coffee habit

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Dr Jude Oben (UCL Liver and Digestive Health) comments on the UK’s obesity problem saying: “There is no need to demonise either sugar or fat. At the end of the day what matters is how much of them you eat”. Read: Financial Times

Children to be implanted with 3D printed ears

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A team led by Professor Alex Seifalian (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) will soon begin trials to implant 3D printed ears into children to correct birth defects. Read: Telegraph, More: BBC News

Could you be overdosing on paracetamol?

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Professor Kevin Moore (UCL Liver and Digestive Health) explains the dangers of accidently overdosing on paracetamol. Read: Daily Mail

Adelaide run operation up for a tender extraction

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Professor Stephen Porter (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) and David Travers (UCL Australia) comment on the tender for the contract to operate Adelaide’s dental hospital. Read: The Australian (£)

Smile, couch potatoes — because exercise rots your teeth

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Research conducted by Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) suggests that the longer athletes train each week, the more likely they are to have tooth rot or fillings — and the further they run, the greater the danger. Read: Times (£), More: The Australian (£)

What's spoiling your skin?

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Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains the various treatments available to prevent a cold sore forming. Read: Daily Mail

Commercial backing means faster start for clinical trials

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Professor Allan Hackshaw (UCL Cancer Institute) comments on the length of time non-commercial trials can take in comparison to industry-funded clinical trials. Read: THE (£)

Killed by drink: patients who cannot quit

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Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health) explains why teenagers may be more susceptible to liver disease than adults. Read: Times (£)

E-cigarettes 'pose no health risk'

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Experts in tobacco addiction, Professor Robert West and Dr Jamie Brown (both UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) predict that thousands of lives could be saved every year if smokers in the UK switched to e-cigarettes. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today'Read: BBC News, More: Times (£), Daily Mail, Financial Times, Reuters, Sky News, Telegraph, International Business Times, Herald Scotland, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio Devon 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 11 mins), More: BBC Radio 2 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 33 mins)

New push for better handling of football head injuries

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Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) highlights the problem of our limited understanding of the risks and long-term effects of head contact in football. Read: New Scientist

Dementia doctor’s £900,000 boost

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UCL Brain Sciences' Dr Selina Wray is named ‘pioneer of the year’ at the Women of the Year Awards and will use the winnings to fund a stem cell study finding ways of slowing or stopping conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Read: The Star, More: Express

Scientists sniffing out the Western allergy epidemic

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Research Department of Infection) explains the importance of bacteria to our health. Read: BBC News

Aging may be linked to diet

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Two new studies by UCL have demonstrated how an interplay between nutrition, metabolism and immunity is involved in the process of ageing. Read: Times of India, UCL News

Tuberculosis is newer than thought

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Dr Helen Donoghue (UCL Division of Infection & Immunity) explains that it is highly unlikely that tuberculosis could have emerged less than 6,000 years ago as there is earlier fossil evidence of the disease. Read: New York Times

Adventures in contraception: eight women discuss their choices

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Professor Judith Stephenson (UCL Women's Health) explains that there are more effective methods of contraception than the pill or condom. Read: Observer

UK universities offer cash and memberships to lure bright students

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Article on university student incentive schemes notes that UCL is offering £1,000 scholarships to students who get three or more A*s. Read: Financial Times

Confusion over best way to brush teeth, study finds

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Advice on the best way to brush teeth for adults and children is confusing and inconsistent, according to research led by Dr John Wainwright and Professor Aubrey Sheiham (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Reuters, Times (£), Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, TIME, The Australian, Times of India, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live (from 49 min 35 secs), Watch: BBC News

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