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Neuroscientists ask for open review on the Human Brain Project

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Researchers have requested an open review of the European Commission-funded initiative to simulate the human brain as they believe the money could be better spent on smaller grants for creative neuroscience research rather than one large computer simulation, says Professor Peter Latham (UCL Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit). Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 50 mins)

GP prescriptions to tackle loneliness in elderly

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Dr Helen Chatterjee (UCL Museums & Collections) comments on 'social prescribing' and its positive effects on health. Watch: BBC News

Cycling does not cause infertility, British scientists find

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Health myths which suggest cycling can lead to infertility and erectile dysfunction have been debunked in new research led by Dr Mark Hamer (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health). Read: Daily Telegraph

Same genes 'drive maths and reading ability'

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Research led by Dr Oliver Davis (UCL Genetics) finds that around half of the genes that influence a child's aptitude for reading also play a role in how easily they learn maths, suggesting that hundreds of subtle DNA changes in genes combine to help shape a child's performance in both. Read: Guardian, More: BBC NewsTelegraphTimes (£), TES, UCL News

Similar memories benefit from 'extra space' in brain

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Similar memories overlap physically in the brain and this produces less confusion if the brain area responsible is larger, according to research by Prof. Eleanor Maguire and Dr Martin Chadwick (UCL Brain Sciences). Read: BBC News

Cancer breakthrough as scientists discover how cells spread

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A study led by Professor Roberto Mayor (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has uncovered insights into how cells move through the body, which could lead to innovative techniques to stop cancer cells from spreading and causing secondary tumours. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Sir Michael Marmot on Desert Island Discs

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During his appearance on Desert Island Discs, Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) discusses his research into how wealth and social status can affect lifespan and general health. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Desert Island Discs', Read: Sunday Express

Women’s groups save mothers and babies

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Dr Audrey Prost (UCL Institute for Global Health) looks at the ways women’s groups can be used to help cut maternal and newborn deaths in remote areas. Read: The Conversation

Insulin jabs 'may do more harm than good' for diabetes sufferers over 50

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A study co-authored by Professor John Yudkin (UCL Medicine) has found that treatments to reduce blood sugar levels do more harm than good in many type 2 diabetes patients, particularly older people. Read: Daily Mail, More: Express, BBC News, New Scientist, BMJ, UCL News

Blood test could give early warning of breast cancer

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A study led by Professor Martin Widschwendter (UCL Institute for Women's Health) has identified an epigenetic signature in the blood of women predisposed for breast cancer owing to an inherited genetic mutation of the BRCA1 gene. Read: Guardian, More: Independent, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Times (£), Express, MetroBBC News, The Herald, Belfast Telegraph, Shropshire Star, Dundee Courier, Herald Sun, UCL News

Leukaemia hope as GM cells fight back

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A pioneering trial led by Dr Emma Morris (UCL Research Department of Immunology) hopes to treat leukaemia patients with genetically modified immune cells, harnessing a patient’s white blood cells to attack cancer cells. Read: The Times

Alarm over climate turns people off

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A report published by the UCL Policy Commission on the Communication of Climate Science has recommended the establishment of a professional body to help facilitate better engagement between the climate science community and policymakers. Read: The Times, More: IndependentThe Australian (£), UCL News

Exercise guidelines 'hard to meet'

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Dr Mike Loosemore (UCL Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health) says government guidelines are discouraging people from being active and simply standing up three hours a day, five days a week for a year, would be the equivalent of "running ten marathons". Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Independent, Telegraph, Listen: BBC Radio Newcastle 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 4 mins)

Sunbathing 'may be addictive' warning

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Dr Clare Stanford (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) comments on a new study showing that repeated UV exposure led to 'addiction' in mice. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Daily Express, TimesThe Australian, Huffington Post, Evening Standard

Unlocking the secrets of regeneration

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Research led by Dr Max Yun (UCL Institute of Structural & Molecular Biology) has identified a biological pathway that must be constantly active for salamander cells to regenerate. Read: Daily Mail, More: Business Standard, Yahoo News UK, Belfast TelegraphITV, Fox News, The ConversationUCL News

Europe must face up to the new antisemites

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Professor Noreena Hertz (Office of the UCL Vice-Provost, Research) discusses the growing levels of anti-Semitism in Europe. Read: The Guardian

The gamer in your life isn’t ignoring you, they’re blind to your presence

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Dr Charlene Jennett and Dr Anna Cox (UCL Interaction Centre) explain why people become so absorbed in playing videogames, a phenomenon known as “inattentional blindness”. Read: The Conversation

Cut sugar to just four teaspoons a day

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A study co-authored by Professor Aubrey Sheiham (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) argues that only a cut of 75 percent in daily sugar consumption can help reduce tooth decay. Read: Daily Mail

Hunt for extraterrestrial life given a boost

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A team co-led by Professor Jonathan Tennyson (UCL Physics & Astronomy) has developed a new model for finding extraterrestrial life by creating a new spectrum for detecting methane at extremely high temperatures. Read: Daily Mail, More: City AM, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 2 hours 42 mins), More: BBC World Service 'The Science Hour' (from 13 mins 56 secs), BBC World Service 'Science in Action' (from 55 secs)

Rough day at work? Call of Duty can help you recover

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Research by Dr Emily Collins and Dr Anna Cox (UCL Interaction Centre) has found that playing videogames can be good for us and, in particular, can help us unwind after a stressful day at work. Read: The Conversation

Cancer pill fights disease and gives lifelong protection

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A study co-led by Professor Bart Vanhaesebroeck (UCL Research Department of Oncology) has found that a class of drug currently used to treat leukaemia has the unexpected side-effect of boosting immune responses against many different cancers. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Scotsman

UK is failing over child death rates

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Research led by Professor Russell Viner (UCL Institute of Child Health) has shown that since 1970, child and youth death rates have fallen significantly slower in the UK than in 17 other nations in the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. Read: Scotsman

3D imaging and robotics device could transform surgery inside the womb

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Professor Sebastien Ourselin and Dr Tom Vercauteren (UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering) discuss the development of an extended flexible roboticised arm and an innovative endoscopic imaging device to help perform surgery on foetuses while still in the womb. Read: The Conversation

I went to a laser pain lab and got experimented on for science

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A new study by Dr Giandomenico Iannetti and Dr Flavia Mancini (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) shows how our ability to identify where it hurts varies across the body. Dr Roman Cregg (UCL Centre for Anaesthesia) comments on the clinical implications for chronic pain. Read: Buzzfeed, More: Times (£), Guardian, UCL News

Can a trigger-happy immune system cause cancer after viral infection?

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Research led by Dr Tim Fenton (UCL Cancer Institute) finds that cancers that develop after HPV infection are caused by a family of genes that normally combat viral infections. Read: Guardian, More: UCL News

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