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NHS doctors to pilot food prescriptions as poverty soars

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Dr George Grimble (UCL Medicine) says food poverty is 'disastrous' for a child's development. Read: Independent

UCL professor named Britain's most inspiring health worker

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Professor Peter Hindmarsh (UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) is named Britain's most inspiring health worker for his work in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes. Read: Mail on Sunday

Drug that holds back return of ovarian cancer gets UK licence

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Professor Jonathan Ledermann (UCL Cancer Institute) comments on the launch of a milestone drug in the UK to delay the progression of ovarian cancer. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Daily Mail

How your daily cuppa could beat glaucoma

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Dr Graham Wheeler (UCL Cancer Institute) comments on a new study which links tea drinking with a decreased risk of glaucoma. Read: Daily Mail, More: Mirror

A family in Italy doesn’t feel pain because of a gene mutation

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Dr James Cox (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has conducted research into the genetics of an Italian family that is barely able to sense pain. Read: New Scientist, More: Independent, Mail on Sunday, BBC News, NewsweekUCL News

Why hibernation could save stroke victims' lives

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Professor Mervyn Singer (UCL Division of Medicine) and his team are trialling a drug to make vital human tissues go into hibernatory 'sleep' mode, which could assist heart attack and stroke patients. Read: Daily Mail

Rising levels of HIV drug resistance

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HIV drug resistance is rising across Africa, Latin America & Asia, according to a new study led by Professor Ravi Gupta (UCL Infection & Immunity). Read: Mail Online, More: UCL News

Help a Hungry Child: 500,000 children go to school on an empty stomach daily

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Dr George Grimble (UCL Medicine) comments on how poverty can contribute to malnourishment in the UK. Read: Independent 

Kidney disease drug recommended by Nice 'may do more harm than good'

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Professor David Wheeler (UCL Nephrology) says that more questions need to be answered to assess the benefits of a drug that is being used to treat kidney disease. Read: Guardian

Breast cancer gene breakthrough set to spare thousands from chemotherapy

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Professor Rob Stein (UCL Oncology) has led a study to determine whether chemotherapy is needed to treat all levels of breast cancer. Read: Daily Mail

Acid reflux drug linked to more than doubled risk of stomach cancer – study

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Professor Ian Wong (UCL School of Pharmacy) has co-authored a study showing that a pill commonly used to treat acid reflux, increases the risk of developing stomach cancer. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Express, UCL News

Climate change already damaging health of millions globally, report finds

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A number of UCL researchers including Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Medicine) have contributed to a landmark report showing that climate change is already a significant public health issue and a looming global health emergency. Read:Guardian, More: Mirror, iNews, Independent, UCL News, The Telegraph, CNN, Phys.org, Washington Post, BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' (from 3 mins, 51 secs)

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, Nature

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 (£)

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