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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

Antibiotic resistance

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) explains how bugs can become resistant to antibiotics. Listen: BBC London 94.9 ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 35 mins)

Half-hour breast cancer treatment can replace weeks of radiotherapy

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL General Surgery) comments on intrabeam radiotherapy. Read: Daily Mail

Single-dose radiotherapy eases breast cancer stress

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Professor Jayant Vaidya (UCL General Surgery) has helped develop a new form of radiotherapy which can be given to breast cancer patients during surgery. Read: Times (£)

Malaria drug could prevent liver cancer

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A study led by Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) has found that an over-the-counter malaria pill could prevent liver cancer and shrink established tumours. Read: Telegraph

Miscarriage leaves partners feeling invisible and without support

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New research by Dr Petra Boynton (UCL Medical School) and the Miscarriage Association has found that partners often feel unable to talk about their feelings of loss and pain following a miscarriage. Read: Telegraph, More: BBC News, Scotsman, The Herald

Summer reads 2014

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Ayesha Ahmad (UCL Medical School) and Professor Chris Knight (UCL Anthropology) name the two books they will be devouring on holiday: a new must-read and a classic worthy of revisiting. Read: THE

Millions unnecessarily labelled pre-diabetic, health experts say

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An analysis led by Professor John Yudkin (UCL Medicine) has found that millions of people are being unnecessarily labelled pre-diabetic as the diagnosis is of little benefit and carries huge medical and social costs. Read: The Guardian, More: BBC News, Evening Standard, UCL News, BMJ, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 49 mins 19 secs), More: BBC Radio 5 Live ‘5 Live Breakfast’ (from 2 hours 3 mins), BBC Radio Wales ‘Good Morning Wales’ (from 5 mins 7 secs), Watch: London Live

Sir Michael Marmot on Desert Island Discs

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During his appearance on Desert Island Discs, Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) discusses his research into how wealth and social status can affect lifespan and general health. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Desert Island Discs', Read: Sunday Express

Insulin jabs 'may do more harm than good' for diabetes sufferers over 50

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A study co-authored by Professor John Yudkin (UCL Medicine) has found that treatments to reduce blood sugar levels do more harm than good in many type 2 diabetes patients, particularly older people. Read: Daily Mail, More: Express, BBC News, New Scientist, BMJ, UCL News

Leukaemia hope as GM cells fight back

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A pioneering trial led by Dr Emma Morris (UCL Research Department of Immunology) hopes to treat leukaemia patients with genetically modified immune cells, harnessing a patient’s white blood cells to attack cancer cells. Read: The Times

The Special Relationship: Uncovered

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Professor Kathleen Burk (UCL History) explains the complicated rivalry between the USA and UK, particularly how naval competition in the 1920s led to the highest levels of Anglo-American hostility in the whole century. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘The Special Relationship’ (from 2 mins 38 secs)

The first sign of Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis: a dodgy tummy

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Dr Anton Emmanuel (UCL lnstitute of Liver & Digestive Health) explains how the nerve pathways between the gut and the brain that cause ‘butterflies in the stomach’ may also be linked to degenerative illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS). Read: Daily Mail

Sex 2,500 times a minute, please – we’re British

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Professor Dame Anne Johnson (UCL Infection & Population Health) explains that the biggest change since the 19th Century is in women’s lives - there is more opportunity to have consensual sexual relationships, safe births and to control fertility. Read: Sunday Times, More: Daily Mail

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