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The hospital growing noses, tear ducts and blood vessels

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A team led by Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) is working on growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory using stem cells. Read: Daily Mail, More: CBS, Fox News, The Hindu, Wired

Elite athletes and oral hygiene

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Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) says that ‘where the difference between elite athletes is small, oral health could make a difference in their performance’. Listen: BBC Radio Five Live ‘Saturday Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 2 minutes)

NHS acupuncture

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Professor David Colquhoun (UCL Biosciences) discusses the NHS's adoption of acupuncture following Jeremy Hunt's indication that the NHS may look at integrating traditional Chinese medical treatments. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'World at One' (from 41 minutes), More: Telegraph, Listen: BBC Three Counties 'Roberto Perrone' (from 1 hour 7 minutes)

Bionic humans

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Professor Mark Miodownik (UCL Mechanical Engineering) talks about the future of bionic engineering. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' (from 16 minutes 10 seconds)

Liver disease in the UK

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Professor Marsha Morgan (UCL Medicine) discusses why the rate of liver disease is growing in Great Britain but is falling elsewhere. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'PM' (from 24 minutes 37 secs)

How's Your Heart Health? A New 'Heart Age' Calculator Will Tell You

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Professor John Deanfield (UCL Vascular Physiology) has led the development of a new lifetime risk score for heart disease. Read: The Times, More: Forbes

London Brain Project exhibit busts epilepsy myths

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Michelle Downes (UCL Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Unit) talks about her team's Beyond Seizures public engagement project launched to break down stereotypes surrounding epilepsy. Read: Wired UK

Information overload acts ‘to dim the lights’ on what we see

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Professor Nilli Lavie (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neurosciene) explains that too much visual information causes a phenomenon known as ‘load induced blindness’, with an effect akin to dimming the lights. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Only quarter of those with flu show symptoms

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Dr Andrew Hayward (UCL Infection & Population Health) says: “Reported cases of influenza represent the tip of a large clinical and subclinical iceberg that is mainly invisible to national surveillance systems that only record cases seeking medical attention.” Read: The Times (£), The Scotsman, Evening Standard, The ConversationUCL News

How far could a medical degree take you?

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Dr Jane Zuckerman (UCL Research Department of Infection) discusses the benefits of studying medicine abroad. Read: Guardian

Patent wars: affordable medicines versus intellectual property rights

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Professor David Taylor (UCL School of Pharmacy) comments on whether India should spend more on healthcare and improving access to medicines. Read: BMJ

Can stem cells heal broken hearts?

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The biggest ever stem cell trial involving heart attack patients has begun in London. Professor John Martin (UCL Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics) says: "Not only could this treatment save lives it could also save the NHS money." Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Drivetime' (from 1 hour 46 minutes)

Shambolic record-keeping by the NHS wastes money and endangers patients

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) discusses the need for a centralised patient record system in the UK. Read: Guardian

Warnings to PM against taking practical marks out of A-levels

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Prof Sir John Tooke (UCL Vice Provost, Health) says he is “concerned that students' understanding of theory would be damaged” if marks for practical experiments stop counting towards final grades for A-level science. Read: Guardian

Does alcohol or chocolate pose the biggest threat to the nation's livers?

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Being overweight encourages the progression of liver disease says Professor Massimo Pinzani (UCL Institute of Liver & Digestive Health). Read: Daily Mail

Miracle three-month course drug heralds the end of hepatitis C in Britain

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Professor William Rosenberg (UCL Institute of Liver and Digestive Health) discusses new hepatitis C treatment, Sovaldi, saying: "We need a proper screening programme if we are to gain full benefit from these drugs". Read: Daily Mail

Sugar vs fat

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Dr Chris van Tulleken (UCL Division of Infection and Immunity) takes part in an experiment to see whether fat or sugar is to blame for the obesity crisis. Read: The Express

Giant leaps of evolution make cancer cells deadly

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A study led by Professor Charles Swanson (UCL Research Department of Oncology) has found that tumours turn invasive in sudden leaps that can be explained genetically. Read: New Scientist

When intensive care is just too intense

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Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Clinical Physiology) discusses the psychological effects of intensive care treatment. Read: The Observer

Defusing dementia: Why is risk of Alzheimer's falling?

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Liam Drew (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) looks at how emerging research has indicated that the dementia rate in developed countries is falling and what this could mean for future generations. Read: New Scientist

MRI scan ‘the best way to spot prostate cancer’

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Professor Mark Emberton (UCL Research Department of Urology) has said that men with suspected prostate cancer should be given an MRI scan as a first option. Read: The Times (£)

Vitamin supplements

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Dr Christoffer Van Tulleken (UCL Division of Infection and Immunity) discusses why so many people take vitamin supplements and the potential dangers involved with unregulated intake. Listen: BBC Radio 2 ‘Jeremy Vine’ (from 1hr10mins)

Shingles increase risk of stroke and heart attack

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Patients who suffer from shingles are more likely to have a stroke or heart attack in later life, according to research by Professor Judith Breuer (UCL Research Department of Infection) and colleagues. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, New York Times, MirrorHuffington Post, The Scotsman

Our liver vacation: Is a dry January really worth it?

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A study involving a team of New Scientist staff and Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL lnstitute of Liver & Digestive Health) has demonstrated that short periods of alcohol abstinence, such as “Dry January”, can lead to numerous health benefits. Read: New Scientist, Watch: BBC, More: Camden New Journal, Belfast Telegraph

Postgraduate medical education and training in the UK

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Prof Sir John Tooke (UCL Vice Provost, Health) comments on David Greenway’s report on the future of postgraduate medical education and training. Read: BMJ

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