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Britain's brightest leaving in brain drain

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A study led by John Jerrim (UCL Institute of Education) has found that one in ten of Britain’s best workers have been lured from the UK in a brain drain and been replaced by low skilled migrants. Read: Telegraph, More: Times (£), Daily Mail, The Economist

Daily pill Truvada cuts spread of HIV by 86%

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A study led by Dr Sheena McCormack (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) has found that a daily dose of Truvada cuts the risk of HIV infection among gay men considered to be at high risk by 86 per cent. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, City AM, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Breakfast' (from 26 mins 25 secs), BBC London 94.9 'Vanessa Feltz' (from 1 hour 4 mins)

Thousands sacrifice their privacy to help DNA study

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A record 10,000 Britons have signed up to take part in the Personal Genome Project directed by Professor Stephan Beck (UCL Cancer Institute) which will analyse DNA data to help research into cancer and hereditary disorders. Read: Times (£)

Smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression

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A study led by Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) finds that smokers are more likely to have depression, but quitting can reverse the damage. Read: Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Metro

To vape or not to vape? More and more just say no…

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Data from the Smoking Toolkit Study run by Professor Robert West (UCL Public Health) suggests that usage of e-cigarettes among UK smokers is levelling off. Read: Observer

Depression and diabetes increase risk of dementia

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Research from Dr Claudia Cooper & Professor Gill Livingston (UCL Psychiatry) finds that people with mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes or psychiatric symptoms such as depression. Read: The Times (£), Daily Express, Independent

Carers say their role is having major impact on mental health

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Professor Andrew Steptoe (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments on a report by UCL Epidemiology & Public Health and the International Longevity Centre – UK which has found that more than two-thirds of older carers say the role is having an adverse effect on their mental health. Read: Yorkshire Post

The hunt is on for new antibiotics – but we have to start looking outside the lab

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Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Clinical Physiology) looks at the search for new antibiotics, including Swab and Send, a crowdfunding project launched by Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Microbial Diseases) which aims to engage the public in finding the next new antibiotic. Read: Guardian

Cancer screening – the gap between what people say and what they do

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Research by Dr Jo Waller (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) examines how the public views cancer screening. Read: The Conversation

Alzheimer's £30m research collaboration begins

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As part of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Drug Discovery Alliance, a new Drug Discovery Institute will be launched at UCL to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Express, Independent, Financial Times, Scotsman, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 1 hour 33 mins)

Speed cameras

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Professor Richard Allsop (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) discusses the effectiveness of speed cameras. Listen: BBC Radio Leeds ‘Mark Forrest’ (from 1 hour 52 mins)

UK judges disillusioned after drop in pay and conditions

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The Judicial Attitude Survey, which was conducted and analysed by Professor Cheryl Thomas (UCL Judicial Institute), has found that two-thirds of salaried judges feel less respected by society than they were 10 years ago. Read: Guardian, More: Guardian (2)

Classrooms with mixed ethnicity can help boost tolerance of immigrants

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Research by Dr Germ Janmaat (UCL Institute of Education) has found that ethnic diversity in the classroom leads to more tolerance of immigrants among teenagers. Read: The Conversation

Alcohol has no health benefits after all

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A team of researchers at UCL, led by Craig Knott (UCL Epidemiology & Health), have concluded that alcohol has virtually no discernible health benefits and claims that a glass of wine is good for the heart have been exaggerated. Read: Times (£), More: Bloomberg, The Australian (£)

Stress and diabetes

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A study led by Professor Andrew Steptoe (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that people with type 2 take longer to recover from a stressful event than those without diabetes. Read: Daily Mail

Doubling the distance of optical fibre communications

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A study led Dr Robert Maher and Professor Polina Bayvel (both UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) has developed a new method to dramatically increase the distance data can be sent intact over ordinary fibre optic cables. Read: The Engineer, More: The Register, Gizmag, UCL News

How much sleep do you need to stay healthy?

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A UCL study has found that children who don’t get the recommended amount of sleep could have emotional difficulties and problems relating to their school friends. Read: Daily Mail, More: Mirror

Teaming up against tsunamis

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Professor Tiziana Rossetto (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) explains her research into earthquake engineering. Read: Science

Twinkle telescope to check out exoplanet climate

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A team including Dr Giovanna Tinetti (UCL Physics & Astronomy) have proposed launching a telescope called Twinkle to observe the atmospheres of known exoplanets. Read: New Scientist, More: Wired, Sky News, Daily Mail, Gizmag

Britain to build £50m Holocaust memorial

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A survey of 8,000 young Britons carried out by UCL Institute of Education for the prime minister’s Holocaust commission has identified “worrying gaps” in their knowledge. Read: The Times (£), More: Jewish Chronicle

Why a bit of discomfort is good for you

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Dr Fiona Johnson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) explains the link between obesity and room temperature. Read: Daily Mail

Psychologists seek roots of terror

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A team led by Dr Noemie Bouhana (UCL Security & Crime Science) hopes to develop a computer model of the processes underlying radicalization and subsequent terrorist attacks. Read: Nature

'Stiff upper lip' means patients ignore signs of cancer

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A study led by Dr Katrina Whitaker (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that people may dismiss red-flag cancer warning symptoms as trivial because they worry about wasting a doctor’s time. Read: Telegraph, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express, BBC News, Yorkshire Post, Huffington Post, Herald, Times of IndiaListen: BBC Radio Scotland 'Morning Call' (from 37 mins 34 secs)

Academics' tips for thwarting burglars

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A team of researchers, including Professor Nick Tilley (UCL Security & Crime Science) have identified the four home security measures which best thwart burglars if used together. Read: Leicester Mercury

It takes just a minute to test the brain

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A research team, led by Dr Joseph Devlin (UCL Experimental Psychology), are asking volunteers to play the BBC Radio 4 panel show Just a Minute while lying inside an MRI scanner to see if those who have the ability to speak on the spot use a different part of their brain. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail, Listen: BBC Radio Wales 'Breakfast' (from 54 mins 55 secs)

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