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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

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

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A technique pioneered by Professor Geoffrey Raisman (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation) has helped a paralysed man regain some function after a transplant of cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Times (£), Sky News, Herald, Belfast Telegraph, The Australian, Bloomberg, Times of India, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio Scotland ‘Breakfast’ (from 47 mins 52 secs), More: BBC 5 Live ‘5 live Breakfast’ (from 1 hour), BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 1 hour 12 mins), BBC WM 95.6 ‘Breakfast’ (from 2 hours 12 mins)

Manipulating metabolism

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Dr Nazif Alic (UCL Biosciences) examines if tweaking some of the genes involved in metabolic signalling could help to prolong healthy lifespan and if it could help us live forever. Listen: Naked Scientists

Killer in the brain could help treat Parkinson's

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A team led by Dr Soledad Galli (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has found that the death of synapses in mice may be due to malfunctioning proteins called Wnt proteins, a discovery which could lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Read: New Scientist

Is sending shoppers ads by Bluetooth just a bit creepy?

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Dr Charlene Jennett (UCL Interaction Centre) and Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) examine how beacon technology in retail and marketing may be received by the public. Read: The Conversation

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

New viruses 'killing amphibians' in Spain

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Research led by Dr Stephen Price (UCL Genetics Institute) has found a number of closely related viruses causing severe disease and mass deaths in many amphibian species in northern Spain. Read: BBC News, More: Independent, New Scientist, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 2 'Chris Evans Breakfast Show' (from 2 hours 32 mins), More: BBC Radio Newcastle 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 3 mins), BBC Radio Devon 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 35 mins)

NHS to offer tablet which can reduce HIV risk by 90%

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Dr Sheena McCormack (UCL MRC Clinical Trials Unit) is leading a study into the use of Truvada, a daily tablet that offers up to a 90 per cent reduction in the risk of contracting HIV. Read: Independent, More: Times (£), Daily Mail

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

Exercising can ward off depression

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Research led by Dr Snehal Pinto Pereira and Professor Chris Power (both UCL Institute of Child Health) has found that being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by approximately 16%. Read: Daily Mail, Times (£), Scotsman, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio Scotland 'John Beattie' (from 45 mins 50 secs)

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