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Parkinson’s therapy stimulates brain by remote control

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Professor Mark Lythoge (UCL Metabolism & Experi Therepeautics) comments on new research which suggests certain brain interventions may be able to treat Parkinson's disease. Read: The Times £

AlcoChange: The new app aimed at keeping heavy drinkers out of the pub

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AlcoChange is a new drinking app that uses GPS technology to send alerts if a patient is near a pub or a shop selling alcohol. Dr Gautam Meta (UCL Division of Medicine) says patients often need help preventing them returning to the bottle. Read: Evening Standard

Fighting antimicrobial resistance

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute), who runs the citizen science project Swab and Send, analyses swabs from around the BBC to search for new antibiotic-producing bacteria. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Inside Science’ (from 13 mins 37 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 53 mins 54 secs)

Ridiculous reason women are excluded from exercise studies

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In an editorial for the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Georgie Bruinvels (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) writes that women are underrepresented in exercise and sports medicine research when compared to men. Read: Huffington Post, More: Buzzfeed

‘Instant cure’ weight-loss surgery denied to diabetics

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Professor Rachel Batterham (UCL Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics) says stigma around obesity meant access to care was not a priority for NHS clinical commissioning groups. Read: Times (£)

Brexit would threaten world-class British research

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Commenting on EU funding for cancer research, Professor Tariq Enver (UCL Cancer Institute) said: “The European research council is a tremendous source of funding for UK cancer research projects that might not otherwise be funded”. Read: Guardian

Feeling stressed? Do some gardening!

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A bacterium, whose immunological properties were investigated by Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity), has been found to reduce stress and inflammation in mice and prevent them from developing PTSD-like conditions. Read: Daily Mail

Side effect-free prostate drugs can change the lives of thousands of men

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A new light activated treatment for prostate cancer, that can be carried out instead of radiotherapy or surgery which damages the prostate and causes serious side effects, is being used in a trial led by Professor Mark Emberton (Dean of UCL Medical Sciences). Read: Daily Express, More: Mirror

Make this the week you...banish hayfever

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) says we can stop our bodies from being over-sensitive to allergens by living a little less cautiously and not being afraid of friendly bacteria. Read: Daily Mail

Why Biggest Losers end up heavier than they were before

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Professor Rachel Batterham (UCL Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics) says that tampering with the body’s predisposition to fight weight loss will result in uncontrollable weight gain in almost all cases. Read: Times (£)

Scientists have been using a flawed method to diagnose pain

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Patterns of brain activity thought to show pain responses have been called into question after research by Professor John Wood (UCL Medicine) and the University of Reading found such patterns in rare patients born without a sense of pain. Read: Gizmodo, More: Scientific American, UCL News

Tolullah Oni: public health specialist with a global ambition

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Dr Tolullah Oni, appointed as one of the first Next Einstein Fellows for Africa, talks about her 'transformative' intercalated medical degree at UCL which she hopes to emulate at the University of Cape Town. Read: The Lancet

What’s wrong with milk from a cow?

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Dr Anton Emmanuel (UCL Institute for Liver & Digestive Health) says that for many Britons milk phobia has little medical basis. Read: Times (£)

International brain projects proposed

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Professor Michael Hausser (Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) says that there is a need for better vetting, sharing, and storing of neuroscience data. Read: Science

Gene editing could provide way to 'get around cancer's defences'

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A study co-led by Dr Sergio Quezada (UCL Cancer Institute) suggests that gene editing could in future help the body's immune system overcome cancer. Read: Herald Scotland, More: Huffington Post

What forced cricketer James Taylor to retire at age 26?

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Professor Perry Elliott (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) explains what arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy is. Read: Guardian

The 100 000 Genomes Project

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Professor Stephan Beck (UCL Cancer Institute) comments on patient confidentiality and the commercial concerns related to England’s 100 000 Genomes Project. Read: BMJ

Mysterious kidney disease goes global

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Dr Ben Caplin (UCL Nephrology) comments on the steps needed to better understand the spread of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology in Andhra Pradesh, India. Read: Science

Womb cancer increase is fuelled by obesity

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Professor Jonathan Ledermann (CRUK Cancer Trials Centre) says that it is “no surprise to see the increases in womb cancer cases echo rising obesity levels”. Read: Yorkshire Post, More: Sun

Could lasering 'bad' bacteria stop your teeth falling out?

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Dr Francesco D'Aiuto (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) comments on the use of lasers to treat periodontitis. Read: Daily Mail

Robots record brain activity inside neurons

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Professor Michael Hausser (Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) questions whether recording robots will ever surpass the best human experts in whole-cell patch-clamping. Read: Nature

Lithium study helps scientists unlock ageing puzzle

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A study by the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing and the UCL Cancer Institute has found that fruit flies live 16% longer than average when given low doses of the mood stabiliser lithium. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Independent, Daily Express, Telegraph, UCL News

Overcoming the emotional trauma of constipation

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Dr Anton Emmanuel (UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health) says that traditionally the emphasis for treating chronic constipation has been on increasing fibre intake. Read: BBC News

Forced marriage

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Asma Ashraf (UCL Population Health Sciences) explains why students studying Medicine at UCL are given seminars on how to spot the signs of forced marriage. Listen: BBC Radio London ‘Nikki Bedi’ (from 1 hour 22 mins), Watch: BBC Asian Network

Image showing premature baby being kept alive wins medical photography award

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A photograph of a premature baby receiving light therapy by David Bishop (UCL Health Creatives) has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Julie Dorrington Award for Outstanding Clinical Photography in the 2016 Wellcome Image Awards. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

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