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MRI scans can help one in four men avoid prostate biopsy

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Dr Hashim Ahmed (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) led a trial at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL finding that shown that over a quarter of men with a clinical suspicion of prostate cancer could avoid a biopsy if they undergo an MRI scan first. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hrs 33 mins 40 secs), More: The Guardian, BBC News, The Telegraph, Daily MailSunHuffington Post, i News, Mirror

Dirt is your friend

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Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) discusses the complexities & misunderstandings of hygiene, immunity, and the human microbiome. Read: The Times

Signs of breast cancer explained, using lemons

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Professor Jayant Vaidya (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) comments on an awareness campaign that uses images of lemons to explain warning signs of breast cancer. Read: BBC News

Deadly Ebola virus could be passed on through breathing

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Professor Ali Zumla (UCL Infection & Immunity) comments on his study finding that the Ebola virus may replicate in the lungs of survivors while they are recovering from an infection. Read: International Business Times

Aging gracefully as a scientist: an idiot’s guide

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medicine) writes a list of eight pointers on how to run a research team. Read: The Guardian

Stem cell therapy which helped Welsh Grand National winner used on London woman

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Dr Andy Goldberg (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) carried out the first human trials of a stem cell therapy to treat tendinopathy. He had earlier tested the treatment on a horse, Dream Alliance, who went on to win the Welsh Grand National. Read: The Telegraph

Light therapy effectively treats early prostate cancer

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A new non-surgical treatment for low-risk prostate cancer effectively kills cancer cells while preserving healthy tissue, reports a new phase III clinical trial in 413 patients led by Professor Mark Emberton, Dean of UCL Medical Sciences. Read: BBC NewsListen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1h 15mins), More: Guardian, Times (£), Telegraph, IndependentSun, ITV, Express, ReutersUCL News, BBC Radio 2 'Chris Evans Breakfast Show' (from 2hrs 3mins)BBC Radio 5 Live 'Breakfast' (from 55mins 29secs), BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science'

What's growing on your desk?

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) discusses antiobiotic resistance, and demonstrates that antibiotic resistant bacteria are everywhere by swabbing surfaces in the radio studio and testing them. Listen: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 'Naked Scientists' (from 29 mins 39 secs)

15 Things People With Arthritis Want You To Know

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Professor Anisur Rahman (UCL Medicine) discusses the different forms of arthritis, and some symptoms and treatments. Read: Buzzfeed

AIDS Activism and Surviving a Plague

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Professor Dame Anne Johnson (UCL Infection & Population Health) discusses the HIV/AIDS epidemic and her early research into sexual behaviour. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Start the Week'

Low social status 'can damage immune system'

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Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) and Professor Graham Rook (UCL Infection & Immunity) comment on a study finding that low social status alters the immune system among monkeys, saying the findings are likely applicable to humans as well. Read: BBC News

UK teenager wins battle to have body cryogenically frozen

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Professor Barry Fuller (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) comments on why researchers are still unable to freeze an entire human body successfully for preservation, while Dr Rob George (UCL Laws), who represented the girl who won a court case supporting her right to be cryogenically frozen, comments on the legal questions the court faced. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'World at One' (from 7 mins 11 secs)Read: CNN, BBC News, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial TimesABC News, Daily Mail, The Telegraph (2)

Tiny beads of hope for liver patients

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Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) comments on a new treatment for liver disease, based on his research and being developed by a UCL spinout company, Yaqrit. Read: The Times

Treatments could target specific types of pain

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A new study by Dr Edward Emery and Professor John Wood (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has found that pain sensors are specialised for specific sensations such as heat, cold or mechanical pain, which could guide new treatments for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. Read: Express, More: UCL News

Sore throat sufferers urged to take pharmacy test

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) comments on an NHS initiative to encourage people to get sore throats checked out by a pharmacist with a throat swab, a project with a goal to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hr 10 mins 9 secs)Read: BBC News

What will Brexit mean for Britain’s world-class universities?

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Professor John Martin (UCL Medicine) comments on the Brexit's impact on research collaborations and funding, expressing concerns about the impact on projects such as his research into foetal growth restriction and a previous study of stem cell treatments for heart attacks. Read: The Observer

British Red Squirrels Carry Leprosy

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Dr Helen Donoghue (UCL Infection & Immunity) comments on whether the bacteria causing leprosy could be harbored in animals or environments that researchers aren't aware of. Read: The Atlantic

Injection could treat prostate cancer instead of chemotherapy

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Dr Hayley Luxton (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) leads a team developing an injection that could be used to treat prostate cancer by targeting cancerous cells while sparing other cells to minimise side effects. Read: Daily Mail

How giving up soap and deodorant made me healthier

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Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) comments on the impact of soaps and antiperspirants on the human body's resident bacteria. Read: Daily Mail

Prostate cancer - the facts

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Dr Hayley Whitaker (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) comments on the groups that are most at risk of developing prostate cancer. Watch: ITV 'This Morning' (from 23 mins 50 secs)

Doctor's Diary: Gove was right, we have had enough of experts

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Professor emeritus Jonathan Edwards (UCL Medicine) comments on a clinical trial that was widely criticised after publication. Read: The Telegraph

Could Brexit prove terminal for the NHS?

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Professor Deborah Gill (UCL Medical School) says the NHS's plan to increase spaces for medical students at UK universities is a welcome change as long as it's well funded, but not a realistic way to keep the NHS successful if leaving the European Union results in fewer medical professionals coming in from outside the UK. Read: The Observer

Promoting equality in science: what works, and what doesn't?

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Nephrology) writes about the lack of women in academia, and how a prominent award can push institutions to find better ways to promote gender diversity. Read: The Guardian

From Dr Martens to Supreme: what makes urban brands so alluring?

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Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) explains that millennials are the most sceptical consumer group and they look for 'authenticity' in a brand. Read: Guardian

Urine test for CJD 'a possibility'

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A team led by Dr Graham Jackson (UCL Institute of Neurology) has found it is possible to detect abnormal proteins, called prions, in urine which offers a possible way of quickly diagnosing CJD. Read: BBC News

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