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Cell therapies

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Dr Emma Morris (UCL Infection & Immunity) has been looking at the use of genetically engineered T Cells that can specifically recognise the protein WT1 - which is overexpresssed in leukemia. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hours 46 mins)

Mary Rose's crew was riddled with rickets

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A study led by Dr Jemma Kerns and Professor Allen Goodship (UCL Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science) has used Raman spectroscopy to analyse the chemical composition of bones from sailors in the Mary Rose and found that rickets may have been prevalent throughout the crew. Read: Daily Mail, More: BBC News, The Economist, The News, Listen: BBC Radio Wales 'Good Morning Wales' (from 2 hours 54 mins)

Could I Get Ebola?

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Filmed at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL, Professor Greg Towers (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains how the current Ebola virus may change and evolve the longer the outbreak continues. Watch: BBC One ‘Could I Get Ebola?’ (from 18 mins 54 secs)

Men suffering from prostate cancer saved from impotence

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Computerised ‘road-map’ technology developed at the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing and clinically researched by Professor Mark Emberton (UCL Research Department of Urology) can help surgeons prevent impotence and incontinence in men undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. Read: Daily Mail

New test could give smokers early warning of lung cancer

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A study led by Professor Sam Janes (UCL Internal Medicine) has discovered that cells taken from the mouth and nose react differently to infrared light in people vulnerable to lung cancer, which could lead to earlier diagnosis. Read: Independent, More: Daily Mail, Mirror, Courier, Shropshire Star, Express & Star, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Morning Reports' (from 4 mins 36 secs)

Most people ignore signs of cancer

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A study led by Dr Katriina Whitaker (UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre) has found that people are putting their lives at risk by dismissing the warning signs of cancer. Read: Guardian, More: Times (£), Daily Mail, Independent

Up to 2m people could get NHS weight-loss surgery

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Dr Rachel Batterham (UCL Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics) explains how bariatric surgery can help people control type 2 diabetes. Read: Independent

Internet usage boosts health of the elderly

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A study led by Lindsay Kobayashi (UCL Epidemiology & Health) has found that older people who use the internet regularly are healthier because they are better informed about medical issues. Read: Daily Mail, More: Daily Express

New hope for extremely premature babies?

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In a patient-led piece, Professor Neil Marlow (UCL Women's Health) talks about EPICure, a series of studies of survival and later health among babies and young people who were born at extremely low gestations. Watch: Channel 4 News

Critics say wider breast screening trial 'unethical'

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL Department of General Surgery) comments on proposals to expand the breast screening programme. Read: New Scientist

One in 10 sausages 'carries risk of hepatitis E virus'

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Professor Richard Tedder (UCL Infection & Immunity) says that HEV is "very common” in the pig herds the UK uses for processed meats but the figure of 1 in 10 sausages presenting a risk should be interpreted with caution. Read: BBC News

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges report

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) comments on a report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges which says that doctors have an ethical duty to help save money in the NHS. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘Breakfast’ (from 32 secs)

Gum disease threat ‘inflated to sell mouthwash’

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Dr Paul Batchelor (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) says that gum disease is a normal part of ageing and its threat has been exaggerated to sell mouthwash and expensive treatments. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail

Roman gums 'healthier than ours'

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Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Restorative Dental Sciences) comments on a study that has found people living in Roman Britain had healthier gums than their modern-day descendants. Read: BBC News

Tiny tubes in your neck that could cut the risk of a stroke

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Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led Professor Martin Brown (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation). Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Experimental drugs for patients could be available from March after Government backs Saatchi Bill

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Professor Michael Baum (UCL Department of General Surgery) comments on the Medical Innovation Bill, which if passed would make it easier for doctors to use experimental drugs on dying patients. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, The Week

Myelin helps you learn new skills

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A study led by Professor William Richardson (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has discovered new evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Curing cancer

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Documentary following four UCLH patients as they take part in advanced cancer treatment trials - from the labs of the UCL Cancer Institute to the wards of UCLH. Watch: Channel 4, Read: UCL News

Why sugary sports drinks may be slowing athletes down

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A group of UCL health experts led by Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) have written a consensus statement calling for action to tackle poor oral health among athletes. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Daily Mail (2), Scotsman, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Drivetime' (from 15 mins 13 secs)

Resistant starch could ward off diabetes

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Dr Christoffer Van Tulleken (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains how cooking pasta then cooling it may increase its resistant starch content and why this could be good for our health. Read: Daily Mail

CMV virus can infect the foetus and cause hearing loss

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Professor Paul Griffiths (UCL Infection & Immunity) explains how cytomegalovirus (CMV) is caught and how to prevent transmission. Read: Daily Mail

Lung cancers can 'lie dormant' in ex-smokers for up to 20 years

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A study led by Professor Charles Swanton (UCL Research Department of Oncology) has found that lung cancers in ex-smokers can lie dormant for up to 20 years before they begin to grow into a life-threatening tumour. Read: Independent, More: Daily Mail, Times of India

Obesity levels draw attention to muffin and coffee habit

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Dr Jude Oben (UCL Liver and Digestive Health) comments on the UK’s obesity problem saying: “There is no need to demonise either sugar or fat. At the end of the day what matters is how much of them you eat”. Read: Financial Times

Children to be implanted with 3D printed ears

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A team led by Professor Alex Seifalian (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) will soon begin trials to implant 3D printed ears into children to correct birth defects. Read: Telegraph, More: BBC News

Could you be overdosing on paracetamol?

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Professor Kevin Moore (UCL Liver and Digestive Health) explains the dangers of accidently overdosing on paracetamol. Read: Daily Mail

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