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Parents rarely spot child obesity

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A new study by UCL, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Great Ormond Street Hospital has found that a third of parents underestimate their child’s BMI. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror, Mirror (2), Times (£), ITV News, Huffington Post, Scotsman, Yorkshire Post, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hours 4 mins)

Only pub sceptics will insist this isn't Richard III

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Explaining the statistical analysis of Richard III’s remains, Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says: “There is a 0.0003 per cent chance that it's not him – and wars have been started over less". Read: New Scientist

Crossing your fingers might reduce pain

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Research by Dr Elisa Ferrè, Angela Marotta and Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) has found that crossing your fingers can confuse the way the brain processes feelings of hot, cold and pain. Read: Guardian, More: Telegraph, Metro, TIME, UCL News

America is a melting pot

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A study by UCL, Oxford University and Universita' del Sacro Cuore of Rome has mapped the genetic ancestry of North and South America, revealing the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonisation. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Antibiotic pills 'can hurt unborn baby'

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Research by UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital, co-authored by Professor Ruth Gilbert (UCL Institute of Child Health), highlights that a class of antibiotics known as macrolides may carry a small risk of term babies being born with epilepsy or cerebral palsy. Read: Daily Mail, More: Guardian, Telegraph

How immigration came to haunt Labour

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Professor Christian Dustmann (UCL Economics) explains why the 2003 Home Office report on immigration was not as inaccurate as critics suggested. Read: Guardian

Mocking the overweight 'should be illegal'

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A new study by Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that weight discrimination is linked to significantly lower quality of life, and accounts for approximately 40% of the negative psychological effects associated with obesity. Read: Daily Mail, More: Express, Metro, Guardian, UCL News

Moral decisions

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Dr Daniel Richardson (UCL Experimental Psychology) explains his research into whether we have set morals. Listen: BBC Radio 5 live ‘5 live Science’ (from 5 mins 54 secs)

Is this a miracle cancer vaccine?

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A trial led by Dr Emma Morris (UCL Infection & Immunity) is looking at whether genetically engineered immune cells can be used to help treat patients with leukaemia. Read: Daily Mail

What should the UK do about foreign aid?

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The UK is about to pass legislation committing it to ringfencing 0.7% of gross national income for international development spending. Professor Henrietta Moore (UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) offers a personal perspective on the way forward. Read: BBC News

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