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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: 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

World Kidney Day

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Professor David Wheeler (UCL Nephrology) explains why it’s important to have a day that increases general awareness about kidney disease. Listen: BBC Local Radio ‘Mark Forrest’ (from 1 hour 13 mins)

Meningitis B vaccine

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Dr Helen Bedford (UCL Institute of Child Health) explains what the current recommendations are for the meningitis B vaccine. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Breakfast’ (from 8 mins 40 secs)

Top doctor argues why mammograms 'do more harm than good'

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL Research Department of General Surgery) lays out his arguments for why the NHS Breast Screening Programme, which he helped establish, should be scrapped. Read: Daily Mail

Scientists 'find cancer's Achilles heel'

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A study co-authored by Dr Sergio Quezada and Professor Charles Swanton (both UCL Cancer Institute) has developed a way of finding unique markings within a tumour - its "Achilles heel" - allowing the body to target the disease. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Times (£), Financial Times, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sun, Metro, ITV News, New Zealand Herald, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 2 hours 4 mins), More: BBC World Service ‘Newsday’ (from 5 mins 35 secs)

Breast milk could be the weapon we need to wipe out killer superbugs

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) comments on the development of potential new antibiotics. Read: Mirror

The end of chronic pain?

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Professor John Wood (UCL Medicine) talks about a technique that has successfully stopped mice from feeling pain. Listen: Guardian

Botox for your bladder… and other incontinence treatments that work

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Professor James Malone-Lee (UCL Nephrology) says many regular remedies are worse than useless, warns a leading specialist. Read: Spectator

Workload survival guide for academics

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Nephrology) gives her advice on how to cope with the high academic workload and when to say no to opportunities. Read: THE (£)

Fixing the broken antibiotics business model

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Microbial Diseases) comments on funding issues in antimicrobial research. Read: Chemistry World

How getting your hands dirty in the garden perks up your immune system

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains his 'old friends hypothesis' for the relationship between exposure to microbes and allergies. Read: Daily Mail

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