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How your daily cuppa could beat glaucoma

Dr Graham Wheeler (UCL Cancer Institute) comments on a new study which links tea drinking with a decreased risk of glaucoma. Read: Daily Mail , More: Mirror

Why hibernation could save stroke victims' lives

Professor Mervyn Singer (UCL Division of Medicine) and his team are trialling a drug to make vital human tissues go into hibernatory 'sleep' mode, which could assist heart attack and stroke patients. Read: Daily Mail

A family in Italy doesn’t feel pain because of a gene mutation

Dr James Cox (UCL Medicine) has conducted research into the genetics of an Italian family that is barely able to sense pain. Read: New Scientist , More: Independent

Rising levels of HIV drug resistance

HIV drug resistance is rising across Africa, Latin America & Asia, according to a new study led by Professor Ravi Gupta (UCL Infection & Immunity). Read: Mail Online , More: UCL News

Help a Hungry Child: 500,000 children go to school on an empty stomach daily

Dr George Grimble (UCL Medicine) comments on how poverty can contribute to malnourishment in the UK. Read: Independent

Kidney disease drug recommended by Nice 'may do more harm than good'

Professor David Wheeler (UCL Nephrology) says that more questions need to be answered to assess the benefits of a drug that is being used to treat kidney disease.  Read: Guardian

Breast cancer gene breakthrough set to spare thousands from chemotherapy

Professor Rob Stein (UCL Oncology) has led a study to determine whether chemotherapy is needed to treat all levels of breast cancer.  Read: Daily Mail

Acid reflux drug linked to more than doubled risk of stomach cancer – study

Professor Ian Wong (UCL School of Pharmacy) has co-authored a study showing that a pill commonly used to treat acid reflux, increases the risk of developing stomach cancer.  Read: Guardian , More: Daily Express , UCL News

Climate change already damaging health of millions globally, report finds

A number of UCL researchers including Professor Hugh Montgomery (UCL Medicine) have contributed to a landmark report showing that climate change is already a significant public health issue and a looming global health emergency.  Read:Guardian, More: Mirror , iNews , Independent, UCL News , The Telegraph , CNN , Phys.org , Washington Post , BBC Radio 4 'Inside Science' (from 3 mins, 51 secs)

The ‘superantibiotics’ that could save us from bacteria apocalypse

Dr Joseph Ndieyira (UCL Medicine) comments on the research being explored at UCL, explaining the positive impact it could have on overcoming antibiotic resistance. Read: Guardian , More: UCL News  , Daily Mail , Huffington Post

Children's health coverage

Professor emeritus John Wyatt (UCL Institute for Women's Health) speaks on children's health and coping with child mortality. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Sunday Worship' (from 20 mins 40 secs)

Can an app really provide effective birth control?

Professor John Guillebuard (UCL Maternal & Fetal Medicine) comments on the benefits of having male contraception. Read: Guardian

The problem with Nobel prizes and the myth of the lone genius

Dr Jenny Rohn (UCL Medicine) writes that restricting Nobel prizes to three individuals increasingly glosses over the contributions of everyday scientists. Read: The Guardian

UCL reactions to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Professor Barry Fuller (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science), Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) comment on the 2017 recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Read: Guardian ,  More: Financial Times (£) ,  Guardian (2) , Al Jazeera

Can we make artificial organs?

Dr Giuseppe Mazza (UCL Institute for Liver and Digestive Health) explains that one in four livers can't be used in transplantation but through his work, the cells from these can still be used to make artificial organs.  Listen: BBC World Service 'Crowd Science' (from 3 mins 50 secs)

Progress in fighting HIV 'could save lung cancer victims too'

Professor Charles Swanton (UCL Cancer Institute) is one of two recipients of funding awarded to investigate whether advances in HIV research could translate into breakthroughs in the way lung cancer is treated. Read: Evening Standard

Experts claim porridge is better than taking statins

Dr George Grimble (UCL Medical Sciences) has commented on a recent study that claims eating porridge is better for your health than taking statins. Read: Mail Online

Including exercise in everyday life healthier than gym

Professor John Martin (UCL Medicine) has commented on a recent study which suggests incorporating exercise into everyday life is more likely to protect us from heart disease and early death than buying a gym membership. Read: The Guardian ,  More: Express

Ambitious neuroscience project to probe how the brain makes decisions

Twenty one leading neuroscience groups from around the world, including seven from the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences, have formed a ‘virtual brain lab’ to test how the brain controls learning and decision making.  Read: Guardian , More: UCL News , Nature

How to help teeth grinding - is botox the answer?

Professor Andrew Eder (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) says bruxism, or teeth grinding, is 'higher than ever and on the increase.'  Read: The Times (£) , More: BBC Radio 5 live '5 live Breakfast' (56 mins 43 secs) , BBC Radio Scotland 'John Beattie' (from 1 hr 14 mins 18 secs)

Period pain can feel 'as bad as a heart attack'

Professor John Guillebaud (UCL Institute for Women's Health) comments on calls for more research into treating period pain in women. Read: The Telegraph

Energy drinks damage athletes' teeth

Professor Ian Needleman (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) says consumption of energy drinks and gels in athletes - exacerbated by high-intensity training - increases the likelihood of dental problems. Read: The Times (£)

Report suggests light-to-moderate drinking cuts risk of early death

Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health) comments on an appropriate level of alcohol intake and when it can become dangerous. Read: Mail Online

Taking the pill lowers women's risk of getting arthritis

Professor David Isenberg (UCL Medicine) comments on a new study demonstrating that the oral contraceptive pill gives women a decreased risk of arthritis. Read: International Business Times , More: Huffington Post , Yahoo News

Desert Island Discs: Professor Kevin Fong

Kirsty Young's castaway is Professor Kevin Fong, a senior lecturer in UCL Physiology and Honorary Professor in UCL Science Technology Engineering & Public Policy. Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Desert Island Discs'