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Social smokers underestimate risks

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Research led by Professor Robert West (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) has shown that part-time smokers average 37 cigarettes a week but only one in four worry their tobacco intake will harm their health. Read: Guardian, More: Times

Can stem cells heal broken hearts?

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The biggest ever stem cell trial involving heart attack patients has begun in London. Professor John Martin (UCL Metabolism and Experimental Therapeutics) says: "Not only could this treatment save lives it could also save the NHS money." Read: BBC News, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Drivetime' (from 1 hour 46 minutes)

Super-rich professions squeeze out traditional middle class

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A study by Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) has revealed that many jobs that were considered highly lucrative in the 1970s have been eclipsed by salaries for bankers, doctors and lawyers. Read: The Times, More: Financial Times (£), Daily Mail

Babies with a hearty appetite at risk of obesity

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A study led by Professor Jane Wardle (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) and Dr Claire Llewellyn (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that babies which show more enthusiasm for eating and take longer to feel full may be predisposed to obesity. Read: Telegraph, More: The Herald, UCL News, Times of India, Huffington Post, The Conversation

Computers select personal medicine

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At the AAAS annual meeting, Professor Peter Coveney (UCL Chemistry) presented new research on the future of patient-specific drug selection. Read: BBC News, More: UCL

Why bosses have stopped marrying their secretaries

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Professor Stephen Machin (UCL Economics) comments on how couples that get married are more likely to be educated to the same level: “There are many more graduates around, so there are many more to match together”. Read: Sunday Times, More: Daily Mail, The Australian (£)

Not eating your greens is in your genes

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An aversion to eating greens may be genetic. Professor Wardle (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health) says the findings help vindicate parents who struggle to get their children to eat their greens. Read: Daily Mail

A family affair: How genetic mixing has affected us all

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DNA footprints left in the wake of ancient warriors can unravel long-held secrets about a country’s past. Dr Garrett Hellenthal (UCL Genetics Institute) says: "We made some very surprising discoveries". Read: Daily Mail, More: Independent, UCL News, New York Times, Washington Post, Gulf NewsNew Scientist, Science

The brain reacts to beautiful mathematics in the same way as great art

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Professor Semir Zeki (UCL Cell and Developmental Biology) says: "When one looks at a formula rated as beautiful it activates the emotional brain like looking at a great painting or listening to a piece of music." Read: BBC News, More: Independent, UCL News, The Australian, Huffington Post

Is “male, mad and muddle-headed” a fair description of the modern-day academic?

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Professor Melissa Terras (UCL Department of Information Studies) has found that academics in picture books “tend to be elderly, old men, who work in science, called Professor SomethingDumb”. Read: THE

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