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Drugs to keep people with HIV alive should be given without delay

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A major international study involving the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL, including Professor Ab Babiker and Dr Alejandro Arenas-Pinto (both MRC CTU at UCL), has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner. Read: Guardian, More: UCL News

Hope for heart failure patients as 'pioneering' treatment helps the organ to heal itself

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Research co-led by Dr Linda Klotz (UCL Institute of Child Health) has identified a new way to heal a patient’s heart following a heart attack. Read: Daily Mail

UCL studies closure plans for overseas campuses 

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UCL's new Global Engagement Strategy confirms a move away from a model of branch campuses towards a network of local partnerships, outlining a number of initiatives to increase global impact. Read: FT (£), More: THE, THE (2)

Ovarian cancer patients do better if they have chemotherapy before surgery

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Research led by Matthew Nankivell (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) finds that women with advanced ovarian cancer have fewer side effects and tend to have a better quality of life if given chemotherapy before surgery. Read: Daily Mirror, More: UCL News

UK children becoming obese at younger ages

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The average age at which people in the UK first become obese is decreasing, according to new research led by Dr Rebecca Hardy (MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing). Read: BBC News, More: Daily Mail, Listen: BBC London 94.9 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 48 mins)

What rats in a maze can teach us about our sense of direction

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PhD student Francis Carpenter and Dr Caswell Barry (both UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) explain how the brain joins local maps together into a single, overarching map when we figure out how places connect geographically. Read: The Conversation

The internet is running out of room – but we can save it

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Researchers met at the Royal Society in London this week to discuss a coming internet "capacity crunch". Professor Polina Bayvel (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) explains how her work can help prevent this by increasing the useful capacity of optical fibres. Read: New Scientist (£)

Early men and women were equal, say scientists

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A study by Mark Dyble and Dr Andrea Migliano (both UCL Anthropology) has shown that in contemporary hunter-gatherer tribes, men and women tend to have equal influence on where their group lives and who they live with. Read: Guardian, More: Guardian (2), Independent, Daily Mail, Times of India, The Hindu, South China Morning Post, The Scientist, The Conversation, UCL News

Record numbers of female and minority-ethnic MPs in new House of Commons

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Drawing on data from the UCL/Birkbeck Parliamentary Candidates UK project, which is co-authored by Dr Jennifer Hudson (UCL Constitution Unit), the new House of Commons will be more diverse than ever before, with more women and more minority-ethnic MPs than in any previous parliament. Read: Guardian

Ovarian cancer screening

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Professor Max Parmar (MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL) explains the findings of an analysis of the UK Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening, the world’s largest ovarian cancer screening trial. Listen: BBC Radio WM ‘Paul Franks Show’ (from 1 hour 23 mins)

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