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How 24 week-old babies are now able to survive

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Professor Neil Marlow (UCL Neonatology) discusses the EPICure study and how advances in neonatal care have improved the survival rates of extremely premature babies. Read: Telegraph

Forgive me, your Majesty

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Dr Andrew Smith (UCL History) and Professor Robert Hazell (UCL Constitution Unit) comment on the implications of David Cameron revealing the Queen’s private views on the Scottish Referendum. Read: Daily Mail

Smile, couch potatoes — because exercise rots your teeth

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Research conducted by Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Restorative Dental Sciences) suggests that the longer athletes train each week, the more likely they are to have tooth rot or fillings — and the further they run, the greater the danger. Read: Times (£), More: The Australian (£)

Diabetes risk increased for people working long hours in poorly paid jobs

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A study led Professor Mika Kivimaki (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) found those putting in 55 hours or more a week in low-skill jobs were 30% more likely to develop diabetes than those working 35 to 40 hours. Read: Mirror, More: ITV News, Yorkshire Post, Northern Echo, Express & Star

The real story behind Facebook 'likes'

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A study by Dr Emiliano De Cristofaro (UCL Computer Science) finds there might not be much point paying for Facebook ads or "like farms" to increase the page followings of companies or campaigns. Read: Telegraph, MIT Technology Review, Pacific Standard

Half of children leave reception unready for school

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A report by Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that nearly half of all five year olds in England have not reached a high enough level of intellectual, emotional and physical development to prepare them for school. Read: Guardian, More: Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail, BBC News, Yorkshire Post, Express & Star, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 34 mins)

Citizen science is stimulating a wealth of innovative projects

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Professor Steven Bishop (UCL Mathematics) explains how citizen science can change the way we perform research and uses Dr Jerome Lewis’s (UCL Anthropology) work with the ethnic Baka groups in Cameroon as an example. Read: Scientific American

Sugar intake must be slashed further

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Research conducted by Professor Aubrey Sheiham (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine recommends that sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Express, Times (£), Daily Mail, Herald, The Courier, Stoke Sentinel, Yorkshire Post, Shropshire Star, TIME, New Zealand Herald, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 5 Live ‘5 Live Breakfast’ (from 3 mins 22 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ (from 5 mins 14 secs), BBC Radio Scotland 'Newsdrive' (from 20 mins 5 secs), BBC Radio Northampton 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 42 mins), BBC Radio Somerset 'Ask the expert' (from 4 mins)

Heart defects increase risk of death

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Research led by Dr Rachel Knowles (UCL Institute of Child Health) has found that heart defects can leave children vulnerable for years after surgery, with over 20 per cent of childhood deaths from severe heart defects taking place after the child’s first birthday. Listen: BBC Radio Wales ‘Good Morning Wales’ (from 37 mins 19 secs)

Fat shaming 'makes people eat more rather than less'

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A study led by Dr Sarah Jackson and Professor Jane Wardle (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that shaming overweight people about their size does not encourage them to lose weight. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Guardian, Times (£), i, Metro, Mirror, BBC News, ITV News, Press & Journal, Herald, The Courier, Shropshire Star, Washington Post, UCL News

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