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Rough day at work? Call of Duty can help you recover

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Research by Dr Emily Collins and Dr Anna Cox (UCL Interaction Centre) has found that playing videogames can be good for us and, in particular, can help us unwind after a stressful day at work. Read: The Conversation

Cancer pill fights disease and gives lifelong protection

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A study co-led by Professor Bart Vanhaesebroeck (UCL Research Department of Oncology) has found that a class of drug currently used to treat leukaemia has the unexpected side-effect of boosting immune responses against many different cancers. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Scotsman

UK is failing over child death rates

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Research led by Professor Russell Viner (UCL Institute of Child Health) has shown that since 1970, child and youth death rates have fallen significantly slower in the UK than in 17 other nations in the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway. Read: Scotsman

3D imaging and robotics device could transform surgery inside the womb

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Professor Sebastien Ourselin and Dr Tom Vercauteren (UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering) discuss the development of an extended flexible roboticised arm and an innovative endoscopic imaging device to help perform surgery on foetuses while still in the womb. Read: The Conversation

I went to a laser pain lab and got experimented on for science

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A new study by Dr Giandomenico Iannetti and Dr Flavia Mancini (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) shows how our ability to identify where it hurts varies across the body. Dr Roman Cregg (UCL Centre for Anaesthesia) comments on the clinical implications for chronic pain. Read: Buzzfeed, More: Times (£), Guardian, UCL News

Can a trigger-happy immune system cause cancer after viral infection?

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Research led by Dr Tim Fenton (UCL Cancer Institute) finds that cancers that develop after HPV infection are caused by a family of genes that normally combat viral infections. Read: Guardian, More: UCL News

Sat-navs dull the mind: Brain is less active when we blindly follow directions

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Work led by Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Behavioural Neuroscience) finds that how we navigate from A to B is controlled by two brain regions which track the distance to our destination. Read: Daily Mail, More: NPR, Wellcome Trust

Tiny £10m robot hand could transform spina bifida surgery in the womb

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A team of researchers from UCL and KU Leuven in Belgium have launched a £10m project to create a tiny surgical robot hand that could transform the treatment of children with spina bifida and other congenital conditions. Read: Guardian, More: Daily Mail, Mirror, CNNUCL News

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