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Scientists back vaping as chance of quitting cigarettes rises

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Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Health) has led a study that found smokers' chances of quitting successfully are higher than ever recorded, as widespread use of e-cigarettes helps people give up. Read: Times (£), More: The Sun, Guardian, BBC, BBC Radio 4 'News Briefing' (from 3 mins 35 secs), BBC 'News at One' (from 20 mins 13 secs), BBC 2 'Victoria Derbyshire' (from 1 hr 33 mins), Yahoo News

Playing sport in mid life is the key to keeping men healthy

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Daniel Aggio (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has led a study suggesting that men who play sport in middle age are up to five times more likely to keep fit and active into their late seventies. Read: Mail Online, More: Daily Express Online

New voice analysis device could cut lorry deaths

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Professor Mark Huckvale (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) is leading a project to monitor fatigue levels by looking for signs of tiredness via voice. Read: iNews

One in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14, study reveals

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UK start-up Autolus starts "living medicine" cancer trials

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Autolus, a UCL spin-out, has launched clinical trials as part of its plans to develop "living medicine" cancer therapies in the "Car-T" field. Read: Financial Times (£)

Ambitious neuroscience project to probe how the brain makes decisions

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Researchers at UCL are part of an ambitious project that aims to answer one of the world's most significant mysteries: how the brain decides what to do. Read: Guardian

300,000 women are missing from economics

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Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics) co-authors a piece on the lower numbers of women in economics and how a world-leading teaching initiative based at UCL Economics aims to tackle the problem. Read: The Conversation

99% of advanced dementia sufferers not getting specialist care, finds study

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UCL researchers have found that people suffering in the late stages of dementia very rarely receive care from specialist healthcare professionals, despite their complex needs. Read: Independent, More: UCL News, Mail Online

Interview advice for MBAs: be as open as you dare

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Dr Sun Young Lee (UCL School of Management) has contributed to research demonstrating that you should start to reveal more about yourself the further you progress through an interview process. Read: Financial Times (£)

How to stay young

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Professor Andrew Steptoe and Dr Ruth Hackett (both UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) give a scientific stress test that mimics a 'flight or fight' scenario, measure a person's response and discuss how this might affect ageing. Watch: BBC One 'How To Stay Young' (from 31 mins 47 secs)

Almost 100,000 teens are 'super obese'

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A new study led by Professor Russell Viner (UCL Institute of Child Health) finds that 2.4 per cent of 13 to 18-year-olds are “super obese” and have no chance of returning to a healthy weight without surgical intervention. Read: Sun

How death has changed over 100 years in Britain

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Professor Helen Bedford (UCL Institute of Child Health) comments on the spread of measles in the context of a new report that finds life expectancy at birth now tops 80 years in the UK. Read: Guardian

Elsevier takes on Wikipedia with science definitions service

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Professor Diana Laurillard, chair of learning with digital technologies (UCL Institute of Education) says that most academics recognise the enormous value of Wikipedia for accessing basic information but rail against tiny inaccuracies in their own field. Read: THE

Children relentlessly bullied for being small or fat won't be unhappy as an adult

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A new study by Professor Alex Bryson (UCL Institute of Education) finds that adult happiness is not determined by childhood biological markers such as height or body fat. Read: Mail Online, More: UCL News

Chin up! Botox injections can lift your jawline

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Mr Ash Mosahebi, professor of plastic surgery (UCL Surgical & Interventional Science) comments on a potential new Botox treatment for an under-projected chin, highlighting the numbers used in the study are small and Botox may have negative effects on smiling and facial movements. Read: Daily Mail

All graduates should pay tax regardless of when they went to University

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UK graduates who benefited from a free university education should pay a retrospective tax to help fund the current generation of students, suggests a new study involving Professor Andy Green (UCL Institute of Education). Read: Telegraph, More: Sun, Mail Online, The Times (£)

Rat brains seen replaying scary memories as they sleep

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Dr Daniel Bendor (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) and Dr James Bisby (UCL Institute of Neurology) comment on a study showing that fright experienced during waking hours recurs during sleep. Read: New Scientist

Cassini: Space mission's grand finale

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A range of UCL academics including Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Space & Climate Physics), Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) and PhD student Ravi Desai explain the extraordinary impact of the Cassini mission on our understanding of space. Read: Mail Online, More: BBC News, BBC Four 'The Sky at Night' (from 20 mins 28 secs), Mail Online (2), BBC News (2)

What's your bias?

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Dr Lee de-Wit (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) is interviewed about his new book, 'What's your bias?', and says that our choices are influenced by a host of subconscious factors. Listen: BBC Radio Scotland, 'Good Morning Scotland'

When living with a partner, women more likely to lack interest in sex than men

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Dr Cath Mercer (UCL Institute for Global Health) has contributed to a study demonstrating that British women living with a partner are more than twice as likely to lack interest in sex compared to men. Read: BBC News, More: Metro

Making war illegal changed the world. But it’s becoming too easy to break the law

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Professor Scott Shapiro (UCL Laws) co-authors a long read on the contemporary disintegration of the laws prohibiting the use of force. Read: Guardian

Pupils' 'ear for writing' as important as grammar, says expert

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Professor Dominic Wyse (UCL Institute of Education) analyses what makes great writers great, concluding an ear for words is just as important as the rules of grammar. Read: TES (£)

The student revolution that is shaking post-crash economics

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Professor Wendy Carlin (UCL Economics) has led a radical re-think in the way economics is taught in universities. Read: The Times (£), More: The New YorkerThe EconomistFinancial Times (£), Marketplace, VOX

By exiling EU citizens, the UK risks losing the lifeblood of its economy

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UCL research shows that immigrants who arrived from the EU after 2000 contributed £1.34 to the UK economy for every £1 they took out. Read: City AM

How a baby’s brain prepares for the outside world

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Dr Lorenzo Fabrizi (UCL Biosciences) has co-led a study into the source of spontaneous, high-amplitude bursts of activity in preterm baby brains, vital for healthy development. Read: The Conversation, More: UCL News, Yahoo News, Independent

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