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Losing your teeth could be a sign of wider mental and physical decline

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A study led by Dr Georgios Tsakos (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that tooth loss could be an indicator of wider physical and mental decline in older people. Read: Independent

Anti-psychotic drugs given for wrong illnesses

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Research by Professor David Osborn (UCL Psychiatry) has found that more than half of prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs in Britain are for conditions other than serious mental illnesses. Read: Daily Mail

Brain's 'internal compass' found

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A study led by Dr Hugo Spiers and Dr Martin Chadwick (UCL Experimental Psychology) has pinpointed the precise part of the brain that gives people a sense of direction. Read: BBC News, More: Independent, Daily Mail, Times (£), Shropshire Star, Times of India, UCL News

UCL breaks Oxbridge stranglehold on university research

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Results from the Research Excellence Framework (REF) show UCL has overtaken Cambridge in the league table for research quality ranked by research power rating, placing it 2nd in the UK. Read: Telegraph, More: Times (£), Evening Standard, BBC News, Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent, City AM, Financial Times, Huffington Post, Scotsman, Courier, Yorkshire Post, TES, THE, Research Professional, UCL News

Cell therapies

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Dr Emma Morris (UCL Infection & Immunity) has been looking at the use of genetically engineered T Cells that can specifically recognise the protein WT1 - which is overexpresssed in leukemia. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Today' (from 2 hours 46 mins)

Inside the digital 'Harry Potter' church

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A team led by Dr Andy Hudson-Smith (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) has teamed up with a church in Hackney to create a project aimed at exploring ways to communicate and share "empathy via digital means". Watch: BBC News

The grisly truth about children's cartoons

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A study led by Dr James Kirkbride (UCL Psychiatry) and University of Ottawa, Canada has found that the main characters in cartoons for children are more than twice as likely to be killed off as those in films for adults. Read: Telegraph, More: Daily Mail, Guardian, Independent, Belfast Telegraph, Yorkshire Post, Herald Scotland, Press and Journal, Courier, Globe and Mail, Radio Times, UCL News, Listen: BBC London 94.9 ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour), More: BBC 5 live '5 live Drive' (from 1 hour 56 mins)

Mary Rose's crew was riddled with rickets

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A study led by Dr Jemma Kerns and Professor Allen Goodship (UCL Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science) has used Raman spectroscopy to analyse the chemical composition of bones from sailors in the Mary Rose and found that rickets may have been prevalent throughout the crew. Read: Daily Mail, More: BBC News, The Economist, The News, Listen: BBC Radio Wales 'Good Morning Wales' (from 2 hours 54 mins)

Feeling young at heart wards off death

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A study led by Professor Andrew Steptoe (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health) has found that those who felt younger than their actual age were 41 per cent less likely to have died in the follow up period. Read: Telegraph, More: Times (£), Daily Mail, Herald Scotland, Financial Chronicle, UCL News, Listen: BBC London 94.9 ‘Breakfast’ (from 1 hour 21 mins)

Arctic sea ice volume holds up in 2014

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PhD student Rachel Tilling (UCL Earth Sciences) and Professor Andrew Shepherd (UCL Earth Sciences) explain the latest results from Europe's Cryosat mission - a spacecraft which helps gauge sea-ice thickness. Read: BBC News

UCL launches website on animal research

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UCL has launched a new public information website on animal research, describing how and why animals are used across the university. Read: THE, More: UCL News

England 'nation of pill-poppers'

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The latest Health Survey for England, authored by Dr Jenny Mindell (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), shows that 50% of women and 43% of men reported taking at least one prescribed medicine regularly. Read: BBC News, More: Times, Daily Mail, Metro, Mirror, ITV, Gulf News, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘PM’ (from 15 mins 10 secs), More: BBC London 94.9 ‘Drivetime’ (from 45 mins 13 secs), BBC Radio West Midlands ‘Drivetime’ (from 1 hour 36 mins)

Clay composites modelled in 'virtual lab'

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A UCL research team led by Professor Peter Coveney (UCL Chemistry) have constructed a computer model that predicts the useful, physical properties of clay composites from their atomic make-up. Read: BBC News

Premenstrual Syndrome is like drug withdrawal

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Research co-led by Dr Jonathan Fry (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) and Bristol University has found that a small monthly dose of Prozac could cure PMS for four fifths of women. Read: Telegraph

Mirror mirror on the ocean

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A team led by Professor Julian Evans (UCL Chemistry) have been researching long-life foams that act as oceanic mirrors, boosting the proportion of sunlight reflected by Earth’s surface. Read: Chemistry World

George Orwell’s jail time confirmed by unseen court records

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A court record found by Dr Luke Seaber (UCL Centre for Languages & International Education) detailing George Orwell's 1931 conviction for being ‘drunk and incapable’ confirms his account of the incident, lending foundation to the lore surrounding Orwell’s truthfulness as a writer. Read: Guardian, More: The Conversation, Culture 24, UCL News

Jersey's laser caves digitally copied to beat erosion

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Dr Matthew Pope (UCL Archaeology) and 3DIMPact, a 3D-imaging research group at UCL, have created a visual record of La Cotte de St Brelade in Jersey, one of the most valuable archaeological sites in Europe. Read: Wired

New test could give smokers early warning of lung cancer

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A study led by Professor Sam Janes (UCL Internal Medicine) has discovered that cells taken from the mouth and nose react differently to infrared light in people vulnerable to lung cancer, which could lead to earlier diagnosis. Read: Independent, More: Daily Mail, Mirror, Courier, Shropshire Star, Express & Star, Listen: BBC Radio 5 live 'Morning Reports' (from 4 mins 36 secs)

DNA Confirms: Here Lieth Richard III, Under Yon Parking Lot

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A statistical analysis led by Professor Mark Thomas and Professor David Balding (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) has combined several different lines of evidence to confirm that ‘Skeleton 1’, discovered in a car park in Leicester, is that of Richard III. Read: National Geographic, More: UCL News

'Screen more' for cancer risk genes

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A trial co-led by UCL and the University of Manchester involving 1,034 Ashkenazi Jews, who are at high risk of BRCA gene mutations, has found that half of women carrying “cancer genes” may be missed by current NHS testing practices. Read: BBC News, More: Jewish Chronicle

Building a tsunami generator

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As part of the 2014 TEDx conference in Brussels, Professor Tiziana Rossetto (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering) will explain her research into building a pneumatic tsunami generator at the Wallingford hydraulic research station in Oxfordshire. Read: Independent

Wi-Fi detection system sees through walls

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A team from UCL has developed a target detection system that uses existing Wi-Fi signals to track and monitor moving bodies through walls. Read: The Engineer

Internet usage boosts health of the elderly

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A study led by Lindsay Kobayashi (UCL Epidemiology & Health) has found that older people who use the internet regularly are healthier because they are better informed about medical issues. Read: Daily Mail, More: Daily Express

Can we stop the rise of the career politician?

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The Parliamentary Candidates UK (PCUK) study, led by Dr Jennifer Hudson (UCL Constitution Unit), shows that that a third of all candidates for the 2015 general election already have political jobs as councillors, advisers or union officials. Read: Telegraph

Magic shoes: How to hear yourself instantly happy

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Research led by Dr Ana Tajadura Jimenez (UCL Interaction Centre) as part of the Hearing Body Project, has found that It is possible to ‘hear yourself happy’ by changing the noises that the body hears as it moves around. Read: New Scientist, More: Telegraph, Daily Mail

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