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Parkinson's drug 'helps' the elderly think younger

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Dr Rumana Chowdhury (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience), who led the study, said: "We found that when we treated older people who were particularly bad at making decisions with a drug that increases dopamine in the brain, their ability to learn from rewards improved to a level comparable to somebody in their twenties and enabled them to make better decisions." Read: Daily Mail More: Saga

What side do you dress on?

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Professor Chris McManus (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology) has discovered that just a fifth of 21st-century men claim to follow the trouser seam precisely. Of the others, by a ratio of two to one, they hang to the left. Read: Times (£)

UK risks time bomb of untreatable TB

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Professor Ali Zumla (UCL Department of Infection) says: "TB is a time bomb. If you don't curtail it now it will be out of control." Read: Independent Watch: Voice of America More: Express Health 24 BBC News Indian Express Vibe Ghana Sun South China Morning Post Straits Times (£) Daily Nation

Amniotic fluid may heal a fatal gut disease that affects premature babies

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"This is the first time we have shown that amniotic fluid stem cells can repair damage in the intestines," said Dr Paolo De Coppi (UCL Institute of Child Health). Read: BBC More: Scotsman French Tribune Business Standard

Learning the Knowledge

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"I wanted to see how people use their brain when their actually navigating through those streets," said Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Cognitive, Perceptual & Brain Sciences). Listen: BBC Radio 4's Today (from 1 hour 54 mins) More: BBC News

Big data and crime prevention

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"There's an opportunity to draw from larger volumes of data, to unpick that data to understand patterns, and then use that to influence day to day operational strategies and longer term crime prevention initiatives," said Spencer Chainey (UCL Security & Crime Science). Watch: Newsnight (from 34 mins)

Science Fiction Comes Alive as Researchers Grow Organs in Lab

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Professor Alex Seifalian (UCL Research Department of General Surgery) research making organs and body parts in the lab is featured in this article. Read: Wall Street Journal

Foreign bodies: When the outside world intrudes

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UCL's Researchers in Museums team have curated an exhibition about foreign objects in the body, inviting us to "explore the idea of what is alien – biologically, psychologically, socially and politically". Read: New Scientist More: Independent Culture 24

Should science on brain injury inspire a ban on boxing?

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"We shouldn't get our fun out of watching people inflict brain damage on each other," said Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology). Read: Fox News More: Windsor Star Irish Central

What's the difference between 'crimes against humanity' and 'genocide?'

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"The law can help describe the narrative of what has happened in the past and hopefully - but the jury's out on this - also prevent future things from happening," said Professor Philippe Sands (UCL Laws). Read: Atlantic

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