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The ‘superantibiotics’ that could save us from bacteria apocalypse

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Dr Joseph Ndieyira (UCL Medicine) comments on the research being explored at UCL, explaining the positive impact it could have on overcoming antibiotic resistance. Read: Guardian, More: UCL News , Daily Mail, Huffington Post

Children's health coverage

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Professor emeritus John Wyatt (UCL Institute for Women's Health) speaks on children's health and coping with child mortality. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Sunday Worship' (from 20 mins 40 secs)

Can an app really provide effective birth control?

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Professor John Guillebuard (UCL Maternal & Fetal Medicine) comments on the benefits of having male contraception. Read: Guardian

UCL reactions to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Professor Barry Fuller (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science), Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) comment on the 2017 recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Read: GuardianMore: Financial Times (£)Guardian (2), Al Jazeera

The problem with Nobel prizes and the myth of the lone genius

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Dr Jenny Rohn (UCL Medicine) writes that restricting Nobel prizes to three individuals increasingly glosses over the contributions of everyday scientists. Read: The Guardian

Can we make artificial organs?

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Dr Giuseppe Mazza (UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health) explains that one in four livers can't be used in transplantation but through his work, the cells from these can still be used to make artificial organs. Listen: BBC World Service 'Crowd Science' (from 3 mins 50 secs)

Progress in fighting HIV 'could save lung cancer victims too'

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Professor Charles Swanton (UCL Cancer Institute) is one of two recipients of funding awarded to investigate whether advances in HIV research could translate into breakthroughs in the way lung cancer is treated. Read: Evening Standard

Experts claim porridge is better than taking statins

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Dr George Grimble (UCL Medical Sciences) has commented on a recent study that claims eating porridge is better for your health than taking statins. Read: Mail Online

Including exercise in everyday life healthier than gym

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Professor John Martin (UCL Medicine) has commented on a recent study which suggests incorporating exercise into everyday life is more likely to protect us from heart disease and early death than buying a gym membership. Read: The GuardianMore: Express

Ambitious neuroscience project to probe how the brain makes decisions

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Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making. Read: Guardian, More: UCL News

How to help teeth grinding - is botox the answer?

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Professor Andrew Eder (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) says bruxism, or teeth grinding, is 'higher than ever and on the increase.' Read: The Times (£), More: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Breakfast' (56 mins 43 secs), BBC Radio Scotland 'John Beattie' (from 1 hr 14 mins 18 secs)

Period pain can feel 'as bad as a heart attack'  

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Professor John Guillebaud (UCL Institute for Women's Health) comments on calls for more research into treating period pain in women. Read: The Telegraph

Energy drinks damage athletes' teeth

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Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) says consumption of energy drinks and gels in athletes - exacerbated by high-intensity training - increases the likelihood of dental problems. Read: The Times (£)

Report suggests light-to-moderate drinking cuts risk of early death 

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Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) comments on an appropriate level of alcohol intake and when it can become dangerous. Read: Mail Online

Taking the pill lowers women's risk of getting arthritis

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Professor David Isenberg (UCL Medicine) comments on a new study demonstrating that the oral contraceptive pill gives women a decreased risk of arthritis. Read: International Business Times, More: Huffington Post, Yahoo News

Desert Island Discs: Professor Kevin Fong

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Kirsty Young's castaway is Professor Kevin Fong, a senior lecturer in UCL Physiology and Honorary Professor in UCL Science Technology Engineering & Public Policy. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Desert Island Discs'

Why are doctors and patients still at war over M.E.?

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Professor Jonathan Edwards (UCL Medicine) comments on a large trial conducted into the treatment of chronic fatigue condition myalgic encephalomyelitis, saying it 'failed to provide reliable evidence for useful, sustained benefit' from the recommended treatment. Read: Mail Online

Choosing alternative cancer treatment doubles your risk of death

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Professor John Bridgewater (UCL Cancer Institute) says there is 'no evidence' that cancer patients benefit from special diets as opposed to conventional treatment. Read: New Scientist, More: Mail Online

Drinking alcohol three to four days a week 'could reduce risk of diabetes'

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Professor Nick Finer (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) and Dr Graham Wheeler (UCL Cancer Institute) comment on a study showing that drinking alcohol three or four days each week protects against developing diabetes. Read: Independent, More: Telegraph

Liver machine devised in Britain saves first patient

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Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) gives comment on the first patient saved by a new liver dialysis machine invented by Professor Jalan and colleague Dr Nathan Davies (UCL Liver & Digestive Health). Read: The Times (£)

Understanding the brain cancer that John McCain has been diagnosed with

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Dr Paul Mulholland (UCL Cancer Institute) helps explain the brain cancer called glioblastoma that John McCain has been diagnosed with. Read: Independent

London's homeless 'dying in hostels rather than hospices'

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New research, led by Dr Caroline Shulman (UCL Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department), finds that homeless people in London who are terminally ill are failing to get the support the need from the community. Read: Evening Standard

New findings in study for rare bone cancer

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Professor Adrienne Flanagan (UCL Cancer Institute) says that by sequencing the whole genome of the tumours, they have unpicked the mechanism behind osteosarcoma for the first time. Read: Express

Should ageing academics be forced to quit?

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medical Sciences) discusses Oxford’s decision on compulsory retirement, and how it will impact on the whole academic community. Read: The Guardian

Human tests suggest young blood cuts cancer and Alzheimer’s risk

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Professor Arne Akbar (UCL Division of Infection & Immunity) and Professor David Gems (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) comment on results from a study by a company called Ambrosia, highlighting the need for further investigations into the placebo effect and more tests over time. Read: New Scientist (£)

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