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New hope for extremely premature babies?

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In a patient-led piece, Professor Neil Marlow (UCL Women's Health) talks about EPICure, a series of studies of survival and later health among babies and young people who were born at extremely low gestations. Watch: Channel 4 News

Critics say wider breast screening trial 'unethical'

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL Department of General Surgery) comments on proposals to expand the breast screening programme. Read: New Scientist

One in 10 sausages 'carries risk of hepatitis E virus'

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Professor Richard Tedder (UCL Infection & Immunity) says that HEV is "very common” in the pig herds the UK uses for processed meats but the figure of 1 in 10 sausages presenting a risk should be interpreted with caution. Read: BBC News

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) comments on a report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges which says that doctors have an ethical duty to help save money in the NHS. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘Breakfast’ (from 32 secs)

Gum disease threat ‘inflated to sell mouthwash’

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Dr Paul Batchelor (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) says that gum disease is a normal part of ageing and its threat has been exaggerated to sell mouthwash and expensive treatments. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail

Roman gums 'healthier than ours'

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Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Restorative Dental Sciences) comments on a study that has found people living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants. Read: BBC News

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

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