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Clever teenagers twice as likely to smoke cannabis

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Dr James Williams (UCL Medicine) led a study finding an association between childhood academic ability and cannabis use in adolescence. Read: The Telegraph, More: The Independent, Huffington Post, Daily Mail

Britain at the cutting edge of cancer research

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Dr Sergio Quezada (UCL Cancer Institute) comments on his research into a gene-editing technique to remove the “sleep switch” from specific immune cells that are trained to spot cancer, which has shown promising results in early trials. Read: The Telegraph

Sore throats and antibiotics

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Professor Peter Wilson (UCL Infection & Immunity) comments on a trial study he co-led of a screening service that could be offered at pharmacies to test whether a sore throat needs antibiotics. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside Health' (from 20 mins 5 secs)

Antibiotic resistance: Superbugs can be killed by modifying existing drugs

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Dr Joseph Ndieyira (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) led a study finding that antibiotics can still kill drug-resistant bacteria if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells. Read: Independent, More: Daily Mail, The Sun, ExpressUCL News

Cryonics

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Professor Barry Fuller (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) discusses cryogenically freezing people who are hoping to be revived years after their death. Listen: BBC World Service 'The Why Factor'

Six weeks of radiotherapy or 30 minutes of IORT

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Professor Jayant Vaidya (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) is mentioned providing medical advice on a relatively new treatment for breast cancer, intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT). Read: Daily Mail

Study shows how HIV infects macrophages, could be step towards cure

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A study led by Dr Petra Mlcochova and Professor Ravindra Gupta (UCL Infection & Immunity) identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages despite the presence of a protective protein. They discovered a treatment which could help lead to a complete cure for HIV/AIDS. Read: Newsweek, More: UCL News

Government 'tried to bury' its own alarming report on climate change

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Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Medicine) comments on the health risks relating to climate change, and the merits of taking action to mitigate it. Read: Independent

MRI scans can help one in four men avoid prostate biopsy

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Dr Hashim Ahmed (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) led a trial at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL finding that over a quarter of men with a clinical suspicion of prostate cancer could avoid a biopsy if they undergo an MRI scan first. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hrs 33 mins 40 secs), More: The Guardian, BBC News, The Telegraph, Daily MailSunHuffington Post, i News, Mirror

Dirt is your friend

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) discusses the complexities & misunderstandings of hygiene, immunity, and the human microbiome. Read: The Times

Signs of breast cancer explained, using lemons

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Professor Jayant Vaidya (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) comments on an awareness campaign that uses images of lemons to explain warning signs of breast cancer. Read: BBC News

Deadly Ebola virus could be passed on through breathing

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Professor Ali Zumla (UCL Infection & Immunity) comments on his study finding that the Ebola virus may replicate in the lungs of survivors while they are recovering from an infection. Read: International Business Times

Aging gracefully as a scientist: an idiot’s guide

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine) writes a list of eight pointers on how to run a research team. Read: The Guardian

Stem cell therapy which helped Welsh Grand National winner used on London woman

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Dr Andy Goldberg (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) carried out the first human trials of a stem cell therapy to treat tendinopathy. He had earlier tested the treatment on a horse, Dream Alliance, who went on to win the Welsh Grand National. Read: The Telegraph

Light therapy effectively treats early prostate cancer

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A new non-surgical treatment for low-risk prostate cancer effectively kills cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue, reports a new phase III clinical trial in 413 patients led by Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of UCL Medical Sciences. Read: BBC NewsListen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1h 15mins), More: Guardian, Times (£), Telegraph, IndependentSun, ITV, Express, ReutersUCL News, BBC Radio 2 'Chris Evans Breakfast Show' (from 2hrs 3mins)BBC Radio 5 Live 'Breakfast' (from 55mins 29secs), BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science'

What's growing on your desk?

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) discusses antiobiotic resistance, and demonstrates that antibiotic resistant bacteria are everywhere by swabbing surfaces in the radio studio and testing them. Listen: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 'Naked Scientists' (from 29 mins 39 secs)

15 Things People With Arthritis Want You To Know

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Professor Anisur Rahman (UCL Medicine) discusses the different forms of arthritis, and some symptoms and treatments. Read: Buzzfeed

AIDS Activism and Surviving a Plague

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Professor Dame Anne Johnson (UCL Infection & Population Health) discusses the HIV/AIDS epidemic and her early research into sexual behaviour. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Start the Week'

Low social status 'can damage immune system'

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Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) and Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) comment on a study finding that low social status alters the immune system among monkeys, saying the findings are likely applicable to humans as well. Read: BBC News

UK teenager wins battle to have body cryogenically frozen

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Professor Barry Fuller (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) comments on why researchers are still unable to freeze an entire human body successfully for preservation, while Dr Rob George (UCL Laws), who represented the girl who won a court case supporting her right to be cryogenically frozen, comments on the legal questions the court faced. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'World at One' (from 7 mins 11 secs)Read: CNN, BBC News, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial TimesABC News, Daily Mail, The Telegraph (2)

Tiny beads of hope for liver patients

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Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) comments on a new treatment for liver disease, based on his research and being developed by a UCL spinout company, Yaqrit. Read: The Times

Treatments could target specific types of pain

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A new study by Dr Edward Emery and Professor John Wood (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has found that pain sensors are specialised for specific sensations such as heat, cold or mechanical pain, which could guide new treatments for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Read: Express, More: UCL News

Sore throat sufferers urged to take pharmacy test

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) comments on an NHS initiative to encourage people to get sore throats checked out by a pharmacist with a throat swab, a project with a goal to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hr 10 mins 9 secs)Read: BBC News

What will Brexit mean for Britain’s world-class universities?

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Professor John Martin (UCL Medicine) comments on the Brexit's impact on research collaborations and funding, expressing concerns about the impact on projects such as his research into foetal growth restriction and a previous study of stem cell treatments for heart attacks. Read: The Observer

British Red Squirrels Carry Leprosy

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Dr Helen Donoghue (UCL Infection & Immunity) comments on whether the bacteria causing leprosy could be harbored in animals or environments that researchers aren't aware of. Read: The Atlantic

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