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Danish Vikings could have been economic migrants to Britain

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Dr Jane Kershaw (UCL Institute of Archaeology) found in a recent study that the Vikings came to Britain because of a lack of resources in their homeland. Read: The Telegraph

Girl with rare brain disorder in pioneering UCL stem cell research

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Dr Apostolos Papandreou (UCL/MRC Lab for Molecular Cell Biology) is leading a clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for a rare disorder called beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration. Read: Evening Standard

Clever teenagers twice as likely to smoke cannabis

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Dr James Williams (UCL Medicine) led a study finding an association between childhood academic ability and cannabis use in adolescence. Read: The Telegraph, More: The Independent, Huffington Post, Daily Mail

Long-term stress could contribute to obesity

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Dr Sarah Jackson (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) led a study finding that people who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity. Read: CNN, More: Daily Mail, The Sun

Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

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A study led by Dr Francesca Solmi and Dr James Kirkbride (UCL Psychiatry) has found no link between cat ownership during pregnancy or childhood and the development of psychotic symptoms in adolescence, dispelling concerns about the impact of cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Read: CNN, More: NBC News, i News, The Conversation, TIME, Washington Post, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Metro, CBS NewsUCL News

One pint a day can increase heart disease risk by prematurely ageing arteries

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Dr Darragh O'Neill (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) led a study finding that heavy drinking habits over the years may prematurely age arteries, especially in men, putting them at an increased risk for heart disease. Read: Daily Mail, More: The Sun

Humans are hard-wired to follow the path of least resistance

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Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) comments on his study finding that the amount of effort required to do something makes people see it differently, as anything challenging looks less appealing. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

Education will not save your memory

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Dr Dorina Cadar (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) comments on her study finding that higher levels of education do not protect against cognitive decline in later life. Read: The Times, More: Daily Mail

Invasive species blamed as second biggest cause of extinctions

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Professor Tim Blackburn (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) is interviewed about his new study finding that the number of alien species is increasing globally and does not show any sign of saturation. Listen: BBC World Service 'Science in Action' (from 20 mins 54 secs), More: New Scientist (£), UCL News

Footballers could be at risk of dementia from blows to the head

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Dr Helen Ling, Professor Huw Morris and Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) discuss their study finding evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a potential cause of dementia caused by repeated blows to the head, in former professional football players. Professor Rob Howard (UCL Psychiatry) comments on the findings. Read: The Guardian, More: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 53 mins 41 secs), CNN, Financial Times, BBC News, Evening Standard, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Independent, Irish Times, CBC News, ABC News (Australia), The Independent (2), BBC Radio 4 'News Briefing (from 1 min 49 secs)

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