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1 million people should be given weight-loss surgery

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A study by co-authored by LSHTM and Professor Rachel Batterham (UCL Metabolism & Experimental Therapeutics) suggests that offering weight-loss surgery to more than a million obese people would prevent tens of thousands of cases of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks. Read: Times (£), More: Daily Mail

Mammals exploded immediately after dinosaur extinction

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A UCL-led study has found that the diversity of mammals on Earth exploded straight after the dinosaur extinction event. Read: Times of India

New technique can monitor batteries' performance loss

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A UCL-led study has developed a sophisticated 3D imaging technique to track in real time how disposable Lithium batteries degrade during normal use. Read: China Daily, More: UCL News

Life may have 'trickled' across Earth rather than exploding into existence

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Research led by Dr Philip Pogge von Strandmann (UCL Earth Sciences) shows that it took 100 million years for oxygen levels in the oceans and atmosphere to increase to the level that allowed the explosion of animal life on Earth about 600 million years ago. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Ovarian cancer: Screening may cut deaths by a fifth

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New results from the world’s biggest ovarian cancer screening trial led by UCL suggest that screening based on an annual blood test may help reduce the number of women dying from the disease by around 20%. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Evening Standard, Huffington Post, New York Times, The Australian (£), Straits Times, UCL News

Understanding your child’s appetite is key to preventing obesity in later life

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Research by Hayley Syrad (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that the key to maintaining a healthy weight in toddlers is to tailor a feeding strategy depending on the traits in appetites of individual children. Read: The Conversation, More: UCL News

Why Tim Peake's space mission could unearth secrets of depression

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Professor Mark Huckvale (UCL Speech, Hearing & Phonetic Sciences) discusses Vulcan, a UCL lead project to develop software which can spot signs of depression by listening to speech patterns which will be tested on board the International Space Station by Tim Peake. Read: Telegraph, Listen: BBC World Service 'Science in Action' (from 16 mins 5 secs)

Americans do not have better teeth than the British, study concludes

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A study by UCL and Harvard University, has found that contrary to popular belief, the oral health of US citizens is not better than the English and there are consistently wider educational and income inequalities in oral health in the US compared with England. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Times (£), The Sun, Independent, ITV News, Washington Post, The Australian (£), UCL News, Listen: BBC World Service 'World Update'

Children who go to high quality pre-school 'twice as likely' to go on to Sixth Form

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The latest analysis of data from the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education project has found that students who attended pre-school were more likely to take AS-level exams than those who had not. Read: Nursery World

Smoking and anxiety

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Research by Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) found that smokers have a 70% increased chance of anxiety and depression compared to non-smokers. Listen: BBC Tees ‘Mike Parr’ (from 1 hour 10 mins)

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