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Too much time in space is threat to astronauts’ health

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Professor Arne Akbar (UCL Infection & Immunity) comments on a study which has suggested that astronauts may be at greater risk of disease as time spent in space significantly hampers their immune system. Read: Times (£)

Sjogren's syndrome

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Professor Anisur Rahman (UCL Inflammation) explains what Sjögren’s syndrome is, the difficulties in diagnosing the syndrome and how it can be treated. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Women’s Hour’ (from 18 mins 40 secs)

Periods in sport: New research on the menstrual cycle effect

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The Female Athlete Health Group, a collaborative project between UCL and St Mary's University lead by PhD student Georgie Bruinvels (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science), is working to increase awareness of period problems in sport. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph

Arthritis

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Professor David Isenberg (UCL Inflammation) explains what treatments are available for arthritis and how effective they are. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Breakfast’ (from 2 hours 30 mins)

Finding the right words to attract more women into science careers

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Dr Jenny Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) explains why she is wary of the idea that simply adding adjectives to job adverts would encourage women to apply for scientific roles. Read: Research Fortnight (£)

Infections that wreck summer for millions of women

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Dr Jenny Rohn and Professor James Malone-Lee (both UCL Clinical Physiology) comment on the rise in UTIs during the summer season. Read: Daily Mail

The great beyond: will the UK science budget be cut by 40%?

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Dr Jenny Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) explores the unknown future of the UK science budget ahead of the November spending review. Read: Guardian

Why neglecting your teeth could be seriously bad for your health

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Dr Francesco D'Aiuto (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) and Professor Richard Watt (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) explain how gum disease can lead to other more serious illnesses. Read: Guardian

Drug trial hints at possible way to tackle Alzheimer’s

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Professor Sir Mark Pepys (UCL Medicine) is due to publish the first clinical trial results of a drug based on more than 40 years of his work on amyloidosis. Read: Financial Times, UCL News

Smoking may trigger schizophrenia

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As new research suggests smoking can triple the chances of developing psychotic mental illnesses, Dr Michael Bloomfield (UCL Psychiatry) and Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) say more research is needed to know if this is a causal relationship as people who go on to develop schizophrenia may be more likely to start smoking. Read: Telegraph, More: Yahoo News, Listen: LBC Nick Ferrari (£) (from 45 mins)

Overweight teens 'do not see themselves as too heavy'

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A study led by Professor Jane Wardle (UCL Population Health Sciences) has found that relatively few ‘normal-weight’ teens think they are too heavy, but many who are overweight do not acknowledge it, which puts their health at risk. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Guardian; UCL News

Prozac use could increase birth defects in pregnant women

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Dr Michael Bloomfield (UCL Psychiatry) says more research is needed into how anti-depressant drugs might increase the risk of these birth defects following a US study. He stressed that no one should stop taking treatment without talking to their doctor first. Read: The Independent, More: Daily Mail, Huffington Post

The danger virus mum can give her unborn baby

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A report by researchers from UCL, including Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection & Immunity), has found that as many as 1,000 babies a year are born with cytomegalovirus, or CMV. Read: Daily Mail

Country air could be good for us because it's slightly poisonous

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) argues that being near the sea or countryside improves the regulation of our immune system. Read: New Scientist (£)

Cancer risk means drink limits ‘unsafe’

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A study carried out by Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) found that damage could be caused to the body in men drinking just three units of alcohol a day, well within the government limits. Read: Times (£), More: Mirror, Daily Mail

Why squatting in skinny jeans could lead to nerve damage

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Wasim Khan (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) says people wearing tight jeans should pay attention to any loss of feeling in their legs. Read: Telegraph, Listen: BBC Radio Surrey 'BBC Surrey Drive at 5' (from 39 mins 51 secs)

Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health

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The second report by the UCL-Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change suggests that climate change threatens to undermine half a century of progress in global health. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, Daily Express, Financial Times, Mirror, Daily Mail, Guardian (2), Express & Star, Reuters, NY Times, Washington Post, TIME, Huffington Post, New Scientist, The Engineer, UCL News

Plane stowaway

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Dr Dan Martin (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) comments on the chances of survival in low oxygen environments. Listen: BBC 5 live ‘Stephen Nolan’ (from 56 mins 36 secs)

One silent killer

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) says: “Inflammation gets turned on by the immune system when trouble is spotted, whether it's due to infection or tissue damage”. Read: Daily Mail

Unconscious bias in science 'holds women back'

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Responding to comments by British Nobel Prize winner Sir Tim Hunt, Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) said "there's a lot of unconscious bias. This really holds women back". Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today', More: BBC News, Guardian

New lung cancer drug turns body into a tumour-fighting weapon

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Commenting on the trial results of Nivolumab, an immune-boosting drug, Dr Martin Forster (UCL Research Department of Oncology) said: “These drugs will be a paradigm shift in how we treat lung cancer”. Read: Daily Mail

Africa's health centre at the frontline of HIV research

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Professor Deenan Pillay (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains the research into HIV, TB and other associated diseases being conducted by the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies. Read: Guardian

Outrage as ovarian cancer patients are denied revolutionary drug

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Commenting on the decision not to prescribe olaparib on the NHS, Professor Jonathan Ledermann (UCL CRUK Cancer Trials Centre) described the verdict as ‘devastating’. Read: Daily Mail

Ovarian cancer patients do better if they have chemotherapy before surgery

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Research led by Matthew Nankivell (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) finds that women with advanced ovarian cancer have fewer side effects and tend to have a better quality of life if given chemotherapy before surgery. Read: Daily Mirror, More: UCL News

Politics, medical journals, the medical profession and the Israel lobby

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Professor John Yudkin (UCL Medicine) says that criticism of the Israeli government does not necessarily equate with anti-Semitism. Read: BMJ (£)

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