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A summary of the latest media coverage for King's College London and Higher Education including headlines from national and international newspapers, specialist journals, television and radio programmes, with a link to the article where possible.

There is also a searchable Archive going back to 2004.

Please submit any media mentions to the Public Relations Department pr@kcl.ac.uk, 020 7848 3202.

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Why Romans had teeth to smile about

Times 24th October 2014

A study by King's published today has revealed that has found that 21st-century Britons are still more likely to harbour gum disease than the Romans, despite our access to modern dentistry. Among the 300 Roman Briton skulls studied, between 5 per cent and 10 per cent had periodontitis, a common form of gum disease, compared with about 15 per cent to 30 per cent today. Professor Francis Hughes, Biomaterials, Biomimetics & Biophotonics, commented on the results of the study. He said: 'To a lot of people’s surprise they had quite a lot less periodontitis than the modern human population. It was about a third as common as today.' Also reported by Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, BBC News, Press Association, BBC Radio 4 Today and BBC Radio 5 Live.

One British jihadi killed in Syria and Iraq every three weeks, study finds

Guardian 24th October 2014

According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), 23 Britons are believed to have died after travelling to fight in in Iraq and Syria. The article quotes Shiraz Maher, ICSR, compared British jihadis to those coming from other countries. He said: 'These people come from every background imaginable but when you compare Brits to other Europeans, it’s clear that those from this country tend to be better educated, more affluent, and have greater social mobility than their peers on the continent.'

How quality has been sacrificed in the race for expansion

Times Higher Education 23rd October 2014

Opinion piece on how British universities need to combat grade inflation, poor-value degrees and lack of contact time to sustain a competitive edge against other leading global universities. The King's College London Maths School is referred to as a model for other universities to follow.

Liberal arts builds momentum in the UK

Times Higher Education 23rd October 2014

In a one-day symposium at King’s, a growing number of liberal arts programmes within mainstream UK higher education were explored on 14 October. Dr Aaron Rosen, Liberal Arts Programme Convenor, commented that the motive behind the event was to 'build a bit of momentum and team spirit.' He added: 'We feel a bit like an alien species in Britain, though that is beginning to change.'

India's Afghanistan predicament

Business Standard (India) 23rd October 2014

Review of India's Afghan Muddle: A Lost Opportunity by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, which is set against the backdrop of the imminent withdrawal of United States forces in Afghanistan. The reviewer wrote: 'ndia's Afghan Muddle is an excellent summary of the Afghan situation seen from an authentic Indian strategic perspective. The author attempts to reignite the debate of India's future role in a changed Afghanistan.'

Canadian shooting

CNN 23rd October 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussed the recent shooting in Ottawa. Commenting on monitoring extremists online, he said: 'It illustrates how difficult it is to detect these people. Clearly the sort of indications he would have given would have been below the threshold of what the Canadian security forces could have detected.'

Houthi expansion threatens Yemen’s strategic Bab al-Mandab strait

Financial Times 23rd October 2014

Houthi militants are moving into western Yemen around a vital maritime corridor that controls access to the Red Sea, the Bab al-Mandab, which could pose a threat for trade that runs through the Suez Canal. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented: 'I think that would be a more serious concern for Saudi than merely the interruption of trade in the region.'

Nick Gibb: Why a drop in the core GCSE pass rate is a good thing

Telegraph 23rd October 2014

Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Reform, discusses how important it is for the qualifications which young people study to be of the highest possible quality. The article mentions Professor Alison Wolf, Management, who reviewed all vocational courses being taught in schools.

Marijuana use by teenagers does not result in a lower IQ or worse exam results, study finds

Independent 23rd October 2014

A new study has found that moderate cannabis use among teenagers may not lead to a lower IQ and poorer exam results. The article mentions Professor Wayne Hall, Addictions, who said that the drug's negative effects should not be underestimated. He was quoted saying: 'What’s clear is that cannabis, especially when users smoke it regularly and from a young age, can have a detrimental impact on people's mental health.' Also reported by Times of India.

Jihadists target Muslim women in the West for recruitment

Minneapolis Star Tribune 23rd October 2014

Increasing numbers of young women who are seeking to fight or to become the wives of fighters are trying to join radical groups in Iraq and Syria. According to Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, some women are attracted by the idea of marrying a fighter, while others 'are joining ISIL because it provides a new utopian politics, participating in jihad and being part of the creation of a new Islamic state.' Also reported by NDTV (India).

Pipeline politics flow both ways

Financial Times 22nd October 2014

For Russia and its President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s oil and gas sectors are fundamental both politically and economically, as they guarantee the security and stability of the country. Many countries in Europe depend on Russia's energy resources, but Russia too is dependent on the revenues these resources produce. Dr Frank Umbach, War Studies, discussed Gazprom's mega-fields in Siberia. He said: 'The much higher production and transport costs from these remote regions need to be priced into the long-term gas contracts with Europe.'

Three-parent babies: Chief medical officer defends claim that three-person IVF is not genetic modification

Independent 22nd October 2014

Government science advisers have defended their decision to exclude a three-parent baby technique from their working definition of genetic modification. Professor Peter Baude, Women's Health, said: 'You’re not modifying the genome of the mother and father, you're simply moving it into another bag.'

Teenagers who smoke cannabis regularly do worse in exams, study finds

Daily Mail 22nd October 2014

Last week a review published by King’s of 20 years of cannabis research revealed that one in six teenagers who use cannabis become dependent on the drug, as do one in ten adults. It also suggested that cannabis may cause mental health problems and can open the door to hard drugs.

Missing schoolgirl

ITV This Morning 22nd October 2014

Britain's most senior police officer has announced that at least five Britons a week are travelling to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed the radicalisation process. She said: 'They say we have the answers to all of your problems. Are you worried about money? Are you worried about health? Are you worried about happiness? We have the answers and here they are.'

The Fight in Fairyland

BBC Radio 4 22nd October 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, tells the story of the Indians who served on the Western Front in 'The Fight in Fairyland.' He said: 'During the First World War, it was only the Indians of all Britain's non-white subjects who were officially allowed to fight on British soil.' Also reported by BBC World Service Radio.

Shooting in Ottawa

Sky News 22nd October 2014

Following the shooting in Ottawa, Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on Sky News on the possible involvement of Islamic State. He said: 'What we are seeing is the geographical capability of IS to apparently, as a franchise, get people who are probably not connected to do things around the world.'

Dry eyes linked to an irritable bowel

Daily Mail 21st October 2014

According to a study by King's and St Thomas' Hospital, people with irritable bowel syndrome are more at risk of developing painful dry eyes which occurs when the eyes fail to develop enough tears. The researchers identified possible risk factors with IBS, pelvic pain and chronic widespread pain syndrome raising the likelihood of developing dry eyes the most.

Families desperate for right to be given untested 'last chance' drugs

Daily Mail 21st October 2014

There is no cure for motor neurone disease (MND), which affects the motor neurons - nerve cells that control muscles - in the brain and spinal cord, but there are drugs that may help. Yesterday it was announced that a Bill, The Medical Innovation Bill, which would allow terminally-ill patients to be given untested drugs has received government backing. Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was quoted saying: 'Licensed drugs have to go through rigorous trials. Even if an unlicensed drug works in some way, it might kill you in another way or cause problems.'

The War That Didn't End All Wars

Foreign Affairs 21st October 2014

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, reviews a series of book on the First World War. He wrote: 'The books have little new to say about the actual sequence of events, which started with Ferdinand’s assassination in June, followed by the ultimatum that Austria-Hungary delivered to Serbia in July demanding a crackdown on nationalist groups, the Russian and then German mobilizations thereafter, and the start of fighting in early August.'

Catching them young

Statesman (New Delhi) 21st October 2014

According to a new study carried out by the Enterprising Science Project which is jointly backed by King’s College London, BP and the Science Museum, pupils opting for a career in science are likely to be privileged, male and with an Asian background. The report stated: 'Our findings suggest that girls and those with low cultural capital are particularly likely to be over-represented amongst those students with low science capital, who lack confidence in their science identities and feel that others do not see them as ‘science people’.'

Fight against Ebola

BBC 1 News 21st October 2014

British troops have arrived in Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola. The UK is leading the response and has pledged £125m in aid. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, was interviewed on the care centres that Britain has set up. He said: 'We are late, we are behind the curb on this.'

Spinal cord miracle man was paralysed in knife attack by love rival: Fireman was stabbed 18 times after he tried to stop him vandalising his car

Daily Mail 21st October 2014

Darek Fidyka was paralysed from the waist down following a knife attack by his then-girlfriend's ex-husband. Although left paralysed after the attack, Mr Fidyka has been able to walk again after receiving a pioneering treatment. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, was quoted saying: 'It is known from animal studies that some transplantations of olfactory ensheathing glial (OEG) cells led to marked improvements; in other cases not. We need to enroll more people in the study to get a better idea of how reliable this approach is.'

Five Britons a week travel to Iraq and Syria to join Isis, says Met chief

Guardian 21st October 2014

According to the UK's most senior police offer, Five Britons are travelling to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State every week. Following reports that a third jihadi from Portsmouth had been killed in the conflict, Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented: 'The Portsmouth cluster of fighters is perhaps one of the best known. In total six men went to join Islamic State last year. Now three are dead, one returned to the UK and is in jail, and two remain fighting in Syria.'

Londoner's diary

Evening Standard 21st October 2014

Richard Ayoade spoke about his film The Double at King's last night and discussed the nature of fame.

UK life sciences seek angel investors

Financial Times 21st October 2014

Bankers, lawyers and business executives are among the targets of a campaign to urge city professionals t offer some of their personal wealth into medical research and technology to attract investment into UK life sciences. MedCity was launched in April by the mayor of London to increase collaboration between King's, Imperial College and University College London.

Should Sweden be scared of Russian spy submarines?

Telegraph 21st October 2014

Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, discusses the significance of the news that a Russian submarine is being hunted in the Stockholm archipelago. Commenting on Russia's and Sweden's positions, Professor Lambert wrote: 'In reality, Russia is not going to attack Sweden, or the Baltic States. Sweden, the Baltic states, and their Nato allies need to keep up their defences, obtain clear evidence of Russian violations, and use the diplomatic process to embarrass Moscow into behaving better.

Willetts appointed to teach and research at King's College London

Times Higher Education 21st October 2014

The former universities and science minister, David Willetts, has been appointed as a visiting professor at King’s. Jonathan Grant, Director of the Policy Institute at King's, commented on the new appointment. He said that Mr Willetts 'brings vast experience of higher education, policy making and parliamentary process, business and innovation and a focus on the impact agenda. Our students and staff will benefit greatly from his knowledge and wisdom.'

Perinatal care

Times 20th October 2014

Professor Debra Bick, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, has written in to the editor about the gaps in services for women with mental health problems during or after pregnancy. She said: 'Maternal mental illness affects more than 10 per cent of new mothers. It can also be severe, with suicide a leading cause of maternal death.'

Citizens group should play key part in UK reforms

Times 20th October 2014

A group of academics, including Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, have declared that voters chosen at random from across the UK should play a part in deciding the country’s constitutional future. They called for a constitutional convention to be set up, featuring people from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and proposed that the majority of these members be selected at random.

Capping EU migrants

BBC Radio Scotland 20th October 2014

Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has warned that any attempt by the UK to cap migrants from the EU could be illegal under EU law. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies, discussed the feasibility of a cap on EU migrants. He said: 'The feasibility doesn't come from the pre-existing numbers it comes from the laws we're bound by under the EU treaty.'

West's search for allies

Deccan Herald (India) 20th October 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, on how whilst the West views Islamic State as the biggest threat, for Ankara it is only one of several. He wrote: 'There has been a great deal of focus on the role of Turkey in this crisis. Though it has been suggested that air force drones in Turkey have been given the green light to join the fight against the Islamic State, there is a lot of uncertainty about its exact role.'

Dismantling the world’s top kleptocracy is a key challenge for Afghanistan

Foreign Policy 20th October 2014

Christopher D. Kolenda, War Studies, discusses Afghanistan's political transition and reform. Commenting on the government being the world's most sophisticated kleptocracy, he wrote: 'Dismantling it will be a long-term project that will require extraordinary political courage and consensus-building, a clear strategy and implementation plan, and plenty of support and incentives from the international community.'

Brazilian election debates

UOL 20th October 2014

Following the recent electoral debates between Aécio Neves (PSDB) and Dilma Rousseff (PT), the atmosphere between the two camps has intensified. The article mentions Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, who draws comparisons and contrasts between the electoral systems in the UK and in Brazil.

The best of what's on this week

Sunday Times 19th October 2014

Robert Newman features in the comedy section on the best of what's on this week. His show on the ardent love affair between comedy and academia will be held at King's Arts & Humanities Research Institute.

Stub out that ecig: pubs, cafes and hotels ban vaping

Sunday Times 19th October 2014

Following Starbucks confirming a ban on the use of e-cigarettes in its outlets, it is estimated that two million people who use e-cigarettes instead of tobacco could face widespread bans on their use in other coffee chains, shops and attractions. Professor Ann McNeil, Addictions, was mentioned in relation to a WHO report that revealed that the vapour from e-cigarettes contained some toxins and said the report failed to acknowledge that the these were a tiny fraction of those found in cigarette smoke.

Scientists prove ship's dog on the doomed Mary Rose was male

Independent 19th October 2014

Almost 500 years after Hatch drowned in the shipwreck of Mary Rose, it has emerged that the crossbred dog, and the only known female aboard, was male. After the ship brought to the surface of the Solent in 1982, the well-preserved skeleton of the mongrel was excavated and new DNA test results have been published this month. To carry out the testing, dental students at King's removed and copied a tooth from Hatch, giving the original to maritime archaeologist Alex Hildred.

Battle against Isis: Plan to charge jihadists with treason 'will not work,' claims terror expert

Independent 19th October 2014

According to Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Britain's 'lock-them- up' approach to dealing with returning British jihadist fighters will fail and could make it harder to find potential terrorists. Commenting on the punitive measures in place, Professor Neumann was quoted saying: 'Right now the strategy is very much we're going to lock them up – we're going to try them for treason. It's a strategy that is based basically only on a punitive approach.'

Will Pooley told he may not be immune to Ebola as he returns to Sierra Leone

Guardian 19th October 2014

British nurse Will Pooley who survived Ebola has flown back to Sierra Leone and will resume work on Monday in an Ebola isolation unit run by a team from King's Health Partners. The team, led by Dr Oliver Johnson, has been at the Connaught since 2013 working on health infrastructure. Dr Johnson was quoted saying: 'Will’s experience and commitment will be vital as we do everything we can to flow the stem of cases.' Also reported by Independent, BBC News and Daily Express.

End of life care debate

BBC Radio 4 Sunday 19th October 2014

A Cambridge-based think tank is holding a conference in London tomorrow to consider how the religious faith of patients should be accommodated in end of life care. Dr Jonathan Koffman, Palliative Care, commented on how pain is viewed by different ethnic groups. He said: 'We know from research we conducted at the Cicely Saunders Institute amongst the Afro-Caribbean community that pain was often understood as being a test of their religious faith and in some instances, a divine punishment.'

Harriet Green: how to be a superboss

Times 18th October 2014

Interview with the CEO of Thomas Cook and former King's student, Harriet Green. Commenting on her work ethic, she was quoted saying: 'If your energy level drops, you can count on your people losing their energy level as well.'

'You don't ever get over it': meet the British soldiers living with post-traumatic stress disorder

Guardian 18th October 2014

As British soldiers withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq, MoD statistics show they are a worrying number of veterans within the criminal justice system. The article mentions King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) which has carried out research showing that army personnel experiencing mental health problems are 4.8 times more likely to report violence on homecoming.

Pupils still think science is for 'the brainy few'

Independent i 17th October 2014

Professor Louise Archer, Education & Professional Studies, said school pupils still think science is 'associated with brainy people', following research carried out as part of the Enterprising Science project backed by King's, BP and Science Museum.

Terror investigations

ITV Good Morning Britain 17th October 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed efforts 'behind the scenes' to thwart potential terrorist activity before it becomes a threat. She mentioned the Channel programme, which aims to provide support to individuals at risk of being drawn into violent extremism.

Treason

BBC 2 Newsnight 17th October 2014

Treason is a medieval offence, first passed into law in 1351 during the reign of Edward III. Even though the Act was passed hundreds of years ago and has been amended many times, treason still forbids making war against the sovereign. Dr Cian Murphy, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the concept of treason with regard to Islamic State militants. He said: 'To a certain extent, I think that treason is inadequate to capture the scale of the atrocities.'

Researchers: Malcolm Gladwell was wrong. Practice isn’t perfect.

Dallas Morning News 17th October 2014

The article references a study led by Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, that found that there was a stronger correspondence in drawing ability for identical twins than for fraternal twins. This indicated that differences across people in basic artistic ability are due to genes.

Keeping the UK in the lead on medical innovation

Evening Standard 17th October 2014

The Francis Crick Institute, a partnership between six of the UK's leading organisations which includes King's, is a project to create a world-class biomedical research institute in the heart of London.

These students have designed a 'Sleepcoat' for the homeless - who they're training up as entrepreneurs

Huffington Post UK 17th October 2014

The Enactus group at King's, a social enterprise society, have designed a sleepcoat for homeless people and are looking to train up Londoners sleeping rough as entrepreneurs. President of the society, Oli Slattery, was quoted saying: 'Homelessness is something we Londoners tend to ignore so easily because we see it every day. That's what this is all about. Changing perceptions that the homeless are perfectly capable human beings.'

Marcher in IRA uniform broke terror law

Times 16th October 2014

A republican marcher, John Murphy, has been convicted under anti-terror laws for wearing an IRA uniform while taking part in a parade in February. He was filmed wearing a black beret and army-style boots. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying that his attire 'pretty much matched the paramilitary uniform worn by republicans at funerals.' Also reported by the Sun.

Q&A: Françoise Barré-Sinoussi

Nature 16th October 2014

Postdoctoral fellow, Iria Gomez-Touriño, Immunobiology, interviewed Barré-Sinoussi, Director of the Retroviral Infections unit at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Ms Gomez-Touriño enquired about progress made since the discovery of HIV thirty years ago and possible treatments and cures.

Q&A: Torsten Wiesel

Nature 16th October 2014

PhD student Stefano Sandrone, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, interviewed Torsten Wiesel, the president emeritus of Rockefeller University in New York City who shared half of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with David Hubel. They discussed his career choices, interest in medicine and relationship with Mr Hubel.

An invigorating influence

Times Higher Education 16th October 2014

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, has written in to the Times Higher Education is response to an article published on 9 October titled 'Time for a makeover?'. Commenting on the discipline of geography, he said: 'Both a social science and a natural science, and comfortable with the humanities, in geography Goodall and Oswald will find all they are looking for and more.'

Inside Out Festival 2014

Times Higher Education 16th October 2014

Described as 'the thinking person’s festival of culture in the capital offers Londoners a variety of delights and insights into the city around them', the fifth Inside Out Festival will run between 20 - 26 October at venues and sites across London, designed to showcase the vast contribution of universities to the capital’s cultural life. The article mentions there will be an opening discussion chaired by Deborah Bull, director of Cultural Partnerships and Dr Emily Butterworth, French, has organised 'a mass game of Chinese whispers.'

Improve your study skills

Statesman (Kolkata) 16th October 2014

Article on The Doon School and King's inviting applications for the 'Winter at Doon with King's College London Course' that will take place between 7 and 19 December 2014 in Dehradun. The programme aims to develop the necessary academic and study skills that are required at a top UK university.

How can we save Kobane from Isil?

Telegraph 16th October 2014

Jill Sargent Russell, War Studies, discusses the military challenges of defending Kobane from Isil and how this suits the strengths of foreign powers. Commenting on what could be done, she wrote: 'The EU, the regional actors and US can declare, on the basis of longstanding international norms, that these acts of aggression – as well as the willing self-defence of the locals – demand and justify a robust military response on behalf of the besieged.'

The government and immigration

BBC Radio 4 16th October 2014

David Cameron has visited Rochester and Strood in Kent today as the local by-election campaign kicks off. The Prime Minister addressed the issue of immigration, discussing the measures the government has already taken. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies, was interviewed on how much room David Cameron has when it comes to negotiations. He said: 'His room for manoeuvre is quite limited.'

Ebola in Sierra Leone

Sky News 16th October 2014

Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has been working at the frontline of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. He was interviewed about the screening process following his return to the UK, as well as his experiences in Sierra Leone.

Concern grows over succession of Oman’s Sultan

Voice of America 16th October 2014

After receiving medical treatment in Germany, Oman’s monarch, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has been out of sight for more than three months which has prompted speculation that there be a succession crisis to come. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, discussed how Gulf Cooperation Council countries are worried about regional security. He said: 'The concern is mostly, again, from Saudi Arabia and other players within the GCC who fear that there could be an instability within Oman, politically and domestically which could create another center of instability on the Arabian Peninsula.'

On Pakistan, good start by PM Modi

NDTV 16th October 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, has written an article on the presence of Pakistan in India's foreign policy. Discussing the new Prime Minister Modi, Dr Pant wrote: 'Now the Modi government needs a long-term plan to handle Pakistan. It can be considered the biggest strategic failure of Indian diplomacy that even after more than six decades, India has not found a way to neutralize the malevolence of a neighbour one-eighth its size.'

Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker prize with ‘timeless depiction of war’

Guardian 15th October 2014

The Man Booker prize was on Tuesday night won by Richard Flanagan, an Australian novelist, triumphing for The Narrow Road to the Deep North which tells the stories of prisoners and captors on the Burma railway. The article mentions that the judging panel included Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Gallery at King's.

Stem cells from human embryos prove safe, improve vision -study

Reuters UK 15th October 2014

The results of the longest-running trial of stem cells derived from a human embryo, published in The Lancet, could help give a boost to the controversial mission to harness stem cells. The trial found that the cells caused patients none of the problems scientists feared. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, has confirmed that the results are encouraging, but 'it will take years before the treatment becomes available.'

NantOmics selected by Genomics England to move to next stage of 100000 genomes project for patients with cancer

Press Association 15th October 2014

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of NantOmics, announced today that the company had been advanced to the next phase of Genomics England’s annotation assessment exercise. Professor Tim Hubbard, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, led the team that evaluated the company's response to the exercise determining the current capabilities of NantOmics.

Soldiers Of The Empire: Recruitment And Resistance

BBC Radio 4 15th October 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, tells the story of how 1.5 million Indian men were recruited from the villages and towns of British India to serve the Empire in the First World War, when India joined on 4 August 1914. Out of all of the colonies in the French, German and British empires, India contributed the highest number of men.

Up to 30 British jihadists now dead in Syria but toll will rise with Isil lure

Telegraph 15th October 2014

It is believed that up to 30 British jihadists have died fighting alongside Isil and other terror organisations in Syria, although researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) who monitor their activity on social media are only aware of 24. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, commented that those who have been killed are referred to by jihadist friends as 'green birds'. He said: 'The increasing reports of deaths will not dissuade people from going because they regard it as martyrdom and a victory. It is the ultimate prize for these jihadists and those around them celebrate their death.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Metro London and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Your place on the ward

Nursing Standard 15th October 2014

Holly Howe Watson, a third-year nursing student at King's, offers advice to fellow students for their first placements at hospitals. She writes: 'The first day of your first placement can be a daunting experience, especially for students who may not have worked in a hospital before.'

Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram: protests but no rescue

CBC News 15th October 2014

On Tuesday Nigerian protesters gathered outside the presidential residence in Abuja, demanding that their Nigerian government be more proactive in the freeing of the 200 schoolgirls still held captive by Boko Haram. They were kidnapped six months ago from a school in Chibok, northern Nigeria. The article mentions Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, and his book 'Nigeria since Independence: Forever Fragile?' in which he explains that the campaign to free the girls is directed towards the government as 'the inexplicable withdrawal of the soldiers guarding the school from which they were taken, Abuja’s reluctant and week-late admission that they had been kidnapped, and the security forces abject failure to pursue what leads they had in a timely fashion gave rise to serious doubts about the federal government’s competence and desire to save the girls.'

New DNA test hope in search for Madeleine McCann

ITV News 15th October 2014

In a bid to make a breakthrough in the case, British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann want Portuguese police to apply new techniques to items found in the McCanns' holiday apartment. It is hoped that the new DNA test may be able to reveal more information about who was in the Praia da Luz apartment on the night Madeleine went missing in 2007. Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, was interviewed on the likelihood that police could get a better profile now than back in 2007. She said: 'We would have a better chance of getting a full DNA profile but also we can tell something more about the person - what they look like, their hair colour, their eye colour, their geographic ancestry.'

Catholic Church signals more acceptance of gays

Voice of America 15th October 2014

A special meeting of Roman Catholic bishops and lay advisers at the Vatican is reportedly moving the Catholic Church toward a more tolerant relationship with homosexuals. Father Joseph Evans, Chaplaincy, discussed the latest developments. He said: 'For us what really matters in the Church is sanctity and holiness. A homosexual person can be as holy as anybody else.'

End the 'War on Drugs'

Daily Mail 14th October 2014

Sir Richard Branson has written to the Daily Mail following the new cannabis study released by Professor Wayne Hall, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. He wrote: 'I'm equally concerned about the potential harm caused by drugs, including alcohol and tobacco. But the appropriate responses are evidence-based public health interventions and sensible regulation.'

Genetic testing: best to know or not to know?

Independent 14th October 2014

While the number of people seeking presymptomatic genetic testing is growing, most people decide not to go through with it. Christopher Shaw, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, was quoted saying: 'Just because you can get information, doesn't mean you should. In fact, it's only when people are really struggling to get on with their lives that we'd say that curiosity alone is reason enough. Even then, they may not get the clear answers they're looking for.'

Why become a student entrepreneur?

Telegraph 14th October 2014

Whilst many students will be looking to join societies such as rowing, debating or journalism at the start of term, entrepreneurship has also been gathering momentum in recent years. The article argues that Student entrepreneurs gain hands-on experience with their education and grow their personal networks. The organisation Innovative Forum is used as an example and serves as a bridge between multiple UK institutions, bringing together students from a range of top universities, including King's.

How Weetabix is made

Telegraph 14th October 2014

According to market research firm Mintel, Britain is eating 50,000 metric tons less cereal than we were back in 2009. The article mentions Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who linked on-the-go breakfast habits to the UK's obesity crisis.

Mosaic unearthed in Northern Greece

BBC Radio 4 Today 13th October 2014

A remarkable mosaic floor thought to date back to the time of Alexander the Great has started to be unearthed by archaeologists in Northern Greece. Professor Edith Hall, Classics, discussed the discovery. She said: 'It's absolutely beautiful. It's basically a picture of a chariot drawn by two enormously spectacular white horses.'

Austrian 'jihad poster girls' tell friends: we want to come home

Independent 13th October 2014

Two teenage girls from Austria, Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 16, who went to Syria to marry Isis fighters are reported to have contacted close friends and told them they want to return to Vienna. According to reports, the girls became radicalised after attending a mosque near their homes and reading about jihad on the internet. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which says there are other radicalised European teenage girls in Syria including 50 from the UK, 60 from France and 40 from Germany.

Isis recruits take part in training regime at camp in Iraq in latest propaganda video

Independent 13th October 2014

An Isis propaganda video titled The Blood of Jihad has been released, showing recruits at a camp in northern Iraq taking part in a training regime. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the footage. He said: 'At one point you can also see them rehearsing how to retrieve fallen comrades while live fire is being used in the training exercise.'

Plan your week's theatre: top tickets

Guardian 13th October 2014

Lyn Gardner picks her must-see shows of the week and suggests Coney's latest interactive show, Early Days (of a better nation), which will be held at King's on Sunday as part of the Underground Festival.

Germany’s new foreign policy: Same reluctance to fight

Bloomberg News 13th October 2014

Despite their combined populations being less than half that of their German neighbour, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark have sent warplanes to strike Islamic State, whereas Germany has opted to not join the U.S.-led coalition. Professor Mats Berdal, War Studies, discussed the country's cautious approach to defence matters. He said: 'Germany has a deep aversion to using force. Yet it’s important to get a broad coalition for symbolic effect. Chancellor Merkel needs to think hard about this because the consequences of what can be called a death cult could be very severe.'

42 thrilling things happening in London this week

Timeout 13th October 2014

In the 'Fun things to do' section of the article, the 2014 Arts & Humanities Festival is listed for 'going below the surface.' The piece notes that there will be 'a huge range of performances, tours, immersive events and debates taking on the theme of ‘underground’.' The Festival has also been mentioned by Evening Standard, BBC Radio 4, Culture Whisper, Londonist, Guardian, London Theatre News, Lady and BBC London.

3D map guides heart surgeons

Sunday Times 12th October 2014

British doctors have successfully treated two men and a woman, all suffering from an erratic heartbeat, using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which helped them guide a probe to defective tissue and destroy it. Professor Reza Razavi and Professor Mark O'Neill, Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, led the operation. Professor O'Neill said: 'The MRI lets us see a 3D image of the heart on a screen, to insert two catheters.'

Pick of the day

Sunday Times 12th October 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, has his programme Soldiers of the Empire featured as Pick of the Day for Wednesday 15 October. The programme will air at 11am on BBC Radio 4.

The innovators: remineralisation takes the pain out of tooth decay

Guardian 12th October 2014

Professor Nigel Pitts and colleagues from the Dental Institute have created a new method that will allow teeth with damage from dental caries to repair themselves in the time it takes to do a normal filling. This new system, electrically accelerated and enhanced remineralisation (EAER), will come to market in three years after three decades of research. Dr Pitts said: 'Instead of having the injection, instead of having the hole cut in your tooth, instead of having a plastic or a metal material put in, you have actually had the tooth dealt with, the demineralisation taken away, natural mineral put back in and the tooth restored to health.'

Pollutionwatch: Fine weather – with added particulates and SO2

Guardian 12th October 2014

Sulphur dioxide from the Bárðarbunga eruption on 19 September spread over the UK and parts of Europe during the following 72 hours. The accompanying image to the article was produced by Dr Anna Font, Environmental Research Group.

Epigenetics – what is it all about?! A RSM Exercise Medicine Conference, 2014 blog mini-series

British Medical Journal 12th October 2014

Third-year medical student, Rory Heath, blogged about the Exercise Medicine conference at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM). He wrote: 'The conference had a great mix of applied science and the more modern and fashionable application of digital technology in health, sports and exercise. This is the first of a two part series on the conference’s two central components: Epigenetics and Technology.'

For Ebola caregivers, enormous fear, risk and bravery

CNN 12th October 2014

The article discusses the risk health care workers are taking helping cure patients who have contracted Ebola in West Africa. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is mentioned as having treated Ebola patients over the summer.

A soft approach to returning British fighters

Al Jazeera 12th October 2014

About 500 British citizens are thought to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join IS but there have been reports of some losing faith and looking for a way to come back to Britain. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying: 'We know that there are people in Syria right now who are not happy to be there and who regret having become involved in the first place. If you don't give people an option to return, the idea of these fighters in Syria becoming dangerous international terrorists becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.'

Ucas applications: how to write a personal statement

Telegraph 11th October 2014

Opinion piece on how prospective university students should write honest self-appraisals in order to get their places at university. The article mentions Anne-Marie Canning, Head of Widening Participation, who warned that candidates should be careful with the language they use. She said: 'Often, applicants will use a thesaurus to spruce up their personal statements with more complicated language. There’s no need to do this – we simply want to hear your voice and your reasons for choosing the subject.'

Secret police in burqas terrorise Raqqa

Times 11th October 2014

A group including British female jihadists has become the most feared arm of a secret police force operating in Raqqa, the Isis-controlled city in Syria. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation that believes that more than 65 British women have travelled to Syria.

‘Damaging’ A-level reform threatens to reverse maths uptake, say advisers

Guardian 11th October 2014

The government’s own advisers on A-level reform have warned that getting rid of the AS-level could seriously hinder the uptake of mathematics, especially with girls. This comes following the unpopular decision to abolish the exams taken in year 12. Professor Alice Rogers, Mathematics, commented on the effect this reform could have upon girls taking up maths. She said: 'I think the risk will, in particular, bear down heavily on girls’ choices and there is already a concern about the proportion of girls who take A-level maths. Girls are less inclined to take risks and often have more choice at A-level because they have a bigger spread of good GCSEs.'

Ongoing conflict in Ukraine wreaks havoc on country's Premier League

Los Angeles Times 11th October 2014

The Ukraine's Premier League seemed poised to become one of the world's elite, but the ongoing conflict has weakened it since the annexation of the Crimea last March led to war between the Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels. Research student, Manuel Veth, History, is quoted saying: 'The situation is far from ideal.'

Why won't Turkey help save Kobane from Isil?

Telegraph 10th October 2014

Bill Park, Defence Studies, discusses Turkey's reluctance to strike Islamic State in Syria. Commenting on Turkey's position against the Kurds, he said: 'Turkey makes no distinction between the Kurdish Workers Party (or PKK), and Isil. The PKK is regarded as a terrorist organisation in Turkey, and the US and the EU also classify it as such.'

A war within a war: The battles fought by Gaza's medics

BBC News 10th October 2014

Following the recent war in Israel, the task of rebuilding Gaza will be the focus of an international conference in Cairo this weekend. Dr Naveen Cavale and Dr Simon Calvert, Emergency & Critical Care Medicine, have travelled to Gaza to set up a programme to help victims of war injuries. Dr Calvert was quoted saying: 'Medicine is a global community, and it's a responsibility of ours to help our colleagues in need of assistance.'

Start small. But start now. Stand up for children.

Huffington Post UK 10th October 2014

Former King's MA student, Kollean Bouchane, discusses the work activists such as Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai are hoping to achieve. She writes: 'The stakes are high. Malala and her friends and many girls still in Pakistan, have risked their lives for an education. And they are not alone. Millions of teachers, school staff and students around the world risk their lives every day to get to or to stay in school.'

UK Universities 2014 in Brazil

Exame (Brazil) 10th October 2014

One of the best university fairs will be coming to Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the aim to link Brazilian students with some of Britain's top universities. King's is listed as one of the 76 universities that will be present at the event.

New test to pinpoint the onset of diabetes

Daily Mirror 9th October 2014

Whilst currently the most common way to detect diabetes is raised blood sugar, researchers from King's have claimed that a new test can diagnose Type 2 diabetes years earlier by examining proteins in the blood. Professor Kennedy Cruickshank, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, was quoted saying: 'The new test may lead to a change in the definition of Type 2 diabetes so that people who test positive are said to have it, rather than merely be at risk of it.'

Google in the desert

BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight 9th October 2014

Most images for Google Street View are normally captured by cameras on cars, but for the first time, the task has been given to a camel to map a section of the Arabian desert. Cultural historian Lawrence Scott was interviewed on this latest move from the company. He said: 'It's an amazingly ironic advancement that Google is doing taking this Googlecam to the desert.'

The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands: the best British war film you’ve never seen

Guardian 9th October 2014

Commenting on the release of a 1927 silent epic of naval warfare, Dr Lawrence Napper, Film Studies, was quoted saying: 'British audiences used to laugh at American war films. They were just so unrealistic. It wasn’t details, such as that the uniforms were inaccurate. They would have American troops fighting in battles that they had never been anywhere near.'

How the battle against IS is being fought online

BBC News 9th October 2014

The battle against Islamic State (IS) militants has been fought in part on social networks, with the hashtag #notinmyname circulating following reports of Alan Henning's death. The article mentions the online monitoring carried out by Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, and his colleagues. He is quoted saying: 'You literally have thousands of foreign fighters from all over the world using social media in order to convey the message about the jihad that they are fighting.'

Could terrorists turn themselves into Ebola suicide 'bombs'? Experts fear ISIS jihadists may infect themselves to spread virus in West

Daily Mail 9th October 2014

According to a military expert, IS may be considering using Ebola as a suicide bio-weapon against the West. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, said: 'It is certainly possible for Isis to use the Ebola virus as it is a cheap and accessible source in West Africa. However, considering the WHO’s and international community’s effort to contain the spread of the virus it will be increasingly difficult to 'export' the virus via air transport to other parts of the world.'

Many UK military parents think their careers hurt their children

Reuters UK 9th October 2014

According to a new study from King's, about half of military personnel said their careers have had a negative impact on their children. Professor Nicola Fear, King's Centre for Military Health Research and senior author of the report, was quoted saying: 'Research to date on military children suggests that parental deployment affects children’s well-being and functioning.'

Imricor Medical Systems announces first procedures in clinical study of MR-Enabled™cardiac ablation products

Press Association 9th October 2014

Imricor Medical Systems, Inc. announced the first three cardiac ablation procedures have been completed in the first clinical study that is looking at the feasibility of their MR-enabledTM products to treat atrial flutter. Professor Reza Razavi, Head of the Division of Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, was quoted saying: 'The team at King's College London and St Thomas' Hospital has been thrilled to work alongside Imricor and Philips Research to develop the novel MR-guided ablation system.'

Reducing the incidence of food allergy in children

Press Association 9th October 2014

Research at King's is testing the hypothesis of the early introduction of six allergenic foods, into an infant's diet, alongside continued breastfeeding. Dr Michael Perkin, Paediatric Allergy Research, commented on the significance of the study. He said: 'Whilst it is widely accepted that breast milk is the best for feeding babies it is currently unclear whether excluding allergenic foods from the diet before six months of age is the best way to prevent the development of food allergy and other allergic diseases such as eczema.'

Sponsorship revisited

Arts Professional 9th October 2014

Recent research from Roberta Comunian has highlighted how the practice of business investment in arts and culture has evolved. Deborah Bull, Director of Cultural Partnerships, commented: 'In an era when corporate partnerships are increasingly important to the survival of the arts and yet under greater scrutiny, Roberta’s research promises to be invaluable to anyone looking to make the case for – or prove the value of – this kind of sponsorship.'

How to eat cakes and stay slim: Mary Berry’s sound advice

Times 8th October 2014

Despite the British Bake Off not being known for its dietary advice, experts have praised Mary Berry's approach to staying slim as 'nibbly foods' are instead to blame for Britain’s obesity epidemic. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'She cooks these cakes with everything we think is awful - sugar, saturated fat and cream - but she said 'I only eat a little bit of it', and I think that is the key to it.' Also reported by Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Financial Times.

How to stroll your way to razor-sharp recall

Daily Mail 8th October 2014

Many experts have stressed the importance of exercise when it comes to protecting brain and memory performance. The article mentions a study by King's that suggested that the risk of developing Alzheimer's could be reduced 21.8 per cent if people exercised regularly.

Outreach beyond optics

New Indian Express (India) 8th October 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the positive outcome of the Indian prime minister’s recent five-day visit to the US. He wrote: 'Narendra Modi’s trip has energised a relationship that had been drifting for the past several years. But it has not won universal praise.'

Terror arrests

Sky News 8th October 2014

Police are questioning four suspected Islamic State terrorists following a series of raids in West London. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on the anti-terror operation. He said: 'If they are charged with any offence, it would seem to give credence to the argument of the Security Service that returning jihadists do pose the most significant threat to the UK.'

Ebola: London's ready for you

Evening Standard 8th October 2014

Following warnings from scientists that there’s a 50/50 chance of the virus Ebola coming to London, Hampstead’s Royal Free Hospital, the UK’s only high-level isolation unit, has been put on alert. The article mentions Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, who is leading a team of medical staff in Sierra Leone. Commenting on his team's work, he said: 'We’ve been in Sierra Leone since January 2013, working with local partners to help build a strong health system in the country, but since the start of the Ebola outbreak we’ve dropped everything else.'

How should Nato respond to the Islamic State?

Telegraph 8th October 2014

Professor Andrew Dorman, War Studies, discusses how the former Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg will have to decide how to respond to new global threats as head of Nato, including Vladamir Putin's actions in eastern Europe and the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. He writes: 'The challenge for Mr Stoltenberg will not be finding a mission for Nato, but deciding the missions in which to deploy troops from the western military alliance.'

For Turkey, it's all about regime change in Syria

Al Jazeera 8th October 2014

Aaron Stein, War Studies, has written a piece on how Ankara won't intervene in Kobane unless the anti-ISIL operation hits Assad regime targets. He wrote: 'Turkey's Syria policy unfolded over many months and eventually came to be defined by the government's absolute insistence that Assad be forced from power via the use of military force.'

Hard-earned ceasefire gains being shot through since 2010

Hindustan Times 8th October 2014

Following a ceasefire that ensured peaceful borders for over ten years, the relationship between India and Pakistan is witnessing a steady rise in border firing incidents. Srinath Raghavan, King's India Institute, is mentioned in the article, commenting on New Delhi’s decision to not seek flag meetings. He is quoted saying: 'Drawing these red lines will only paint us into a corner and reduce our ability to manoeuvre.'

Students swot up on social media

Guardian 7th October 2014

According to recent research from the National Centre for Universities and Business, prospective students are increasingly using social media sites as a way to obtain information, with 13 per cent using Facebook and 29 per cent going on Student Room. The article quoted King's student Maria Suessmilch, who commented: 'Social media is definitely a great way of researching courses and getting an unfiltered, honest opinion about them.'

How a nice hot cup of tea can ruin your teeth: So can swimming, taking hay fever medicine — and going scuba diving!

Daily Mail 7th October 2014

Whilst it is well-known that sugary snacks and too much fruit juice can contribute to tooth decay, there are other less obvious activities that could be damaging the nation's teeth. Professor Tara Renton, Dental Institute, was quoted saying that using your teeth to hold knitting needles or biting off threads can make dents in the front teeth known as a tailor’s notch.

Why aren't air strikes stopping Isil's advance?

Telegraph 7th October 2014

Dr Walter Ladwig III, War Studies, discusses how without well-trained ground forces, it is hard to see how air strikes alone can halt Isil’s advance. Commenting on the air strikes, he wrote: 'In the case of the current strikes against Isil, the efficacy depends significantly on how they are employed, against whom, and in what context.'

Ebola virus in West Africa

BBC Radio Scotland 7th October 2014

Investigations are underway into how a nurse working at a hospital in Madrid has contracted Ebola following caring for a priest who returned to Spain with the virus. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, commented on the increasing number of cases. He said: 'Suddenly people are talking about, worst case scenario, more than a million deaths in West Africa. For those of us who thought at the beginning there would be 100 or 200 cases it's mind-blowing. We could end up seeing more cases a day than we have seen in total in the last six months.'

How genes can influence children’s exam results

New Statesman 7th October 2014

Eva Krapohl & Kaili Rimfeld write about their new study which finds that children differ in their GCSE scores because of differences in their behaviour, self-efficacy as well as intelligence, and that each of these traits are influenced by genes. Also reported in The Daily Mail, Metro, Mirror, ABC (Spain), US News, Science magazine.

The genetics of anorexia: can it be inherited?

The Independent 7th October 2014

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) are working with the charity Charlotte's Helix to understand the genes linked to anorexia. They have already analysed the DNA of more than 300 former anorexia sufferers. Dr Gerome Breen, IoPPN, who is leading the study in the UK, says: "Research on anorexia is where it was on schizophrenia 20 years ago. There have been a lot of small studies producing results that don't get replicated [confirmed]. What we need is a really large sample size."

Suicide Mission

Foreign Policy 7th October 2014

Article mentions a recent study by researchers at King's Centre for Military Health Research which found that just 2 to 5 percent of British war veterans experienced symptoms of PTSD, a fraction of the 21 to 29 percent among U.S. troops.

Turkey and Islamic State

BBC News 7th October 2014

Despite Turkey being a crucial member of NATO and wanting to join the EU, it is not part of the coalition fighting the Islamic State. Bill Park, Defence Studies, commented: 'What the Turks are really angling for is a commitment to the overthrow of Assad, that's their priority. Unless they get that, it's not clear that they will make a direct military contribution.'

Microbubbles illuminate a rainbow web of blood vessels

New Scientist 7th October 2014

Research student Kirsten Christensen-Jeffries, Biomedical Engineering Department, has been working on a project injecting tiny bubbles into the narrowest veins and so you can see previously invisible detail in an ultrasound image. The ability to see such small blood vessels has the potential to some day help doctors detect early signs of damage in the circulatory system or map new veins that signal the growth of a cancerous tumour.

Almost as many teenagers smoke cannabis as cigarettes, study finds

The Independent 7th October 2014

Prof Wayne Hall, National Addiction Centre, comments on his review of evidence on cannabis from the past 20 years. He says: “What’s clear is that cannabis, especially when users smoke it regularly and from a young age, can have a detrimental impact on people’s mental health.” Also reported by Daily Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, Press Association, Evening Standard, BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live and SkyNews.

King's press release related to 'Almost as many teenagers smoke cannabis as cigarettes, study finds'

Bad dreams could be warning signs of Parkinson's

India Today 7th October 2014

Caused by the loss of nerve cells in a certain region of the brain that control movement, a study has shown that people who experience bad dreams could be warning signs of Parkinson's. Dr Prashanth Reddy, Neurology, was quoted saying: 'A normal sleep cycle lasts between 90 minutes and two hours. At the end of each cycle, you enter a phase of sleep where you dream, which lasts between 15 minutes and one hour. But in people with RBD, the switch malfunctions, and they tend to act out their dreams.'

Air pollution slows growth of children's lungs, says UK study

South China Morning Post 6th October 2014

Following the release of six-year study indicating that children exposed to nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter have slower lung growth, medical experts are calling for more action to clean the UK's air. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, was quoted saying that a child could lose as much as 165ml of lung volume under high-level exposure to nitrogen dioxide.

Do antibiotics cause obesity? - podcast

Guardian 6th October 2014

Looking at the vast community of microbes living inside us - the microbiome - Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, considers the possible role of gut microbes in human disease, including a study linking childhood obesity to antibiotic use. He said: 'The average kid now has, by the age of three, had somewhere between two and three antibiotic courses.'

Pay attention to your gut bacteria

Financial Times 6th October 2014

A recent study in Israel has shown that artificial sweeteners could result in weight gain, which could affect people who drink diet fizzy drinks. The article mentions King's which announced on Monday that is offering an analysis service for the bacteria in the gut.

Analysis: Why are Western women joining Islamic State?

BBC News 6th October 2014

Dr Katherine Brown, Defence Studies, discusses the reasons behind why increasing numbers of women from the UK have decided to travel to Syria via Turkey to join the militant extremist movement Islamic State. Social media sites such as Twitter, tumblr, LinkedIn, and ask.fm have had a considerable influence over many, offering the women advice, guidance and help with travel. Commenting on the naive romanticism of travelling to join IS, Dr Brown wrote: 'The perceived failure of Western states to give young Muslims a sense of belonging, purpose and value as Muslims and citizens is striking in the online accounts of these women jihadis.'

Brazil businesses will party if Rousseff loses: Pereira

Bloomberg TV 6th October 2014

Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, discusses the surprises of the Brazilian election. He said: 'Ten days ago we were talking about Marina facing Dilma in the second round.'

Suicide mission

Foreign Policy 6th October 2014

Post-traumatic stress has been linked to a suicide epidemic that has taken the lives of more than 2,500 U.S. troops since the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan began. A recent study by researchers at King's has found that two to five per cent of British war veterans experienced symptoms of PTSD, which contrasts to the 21 to 29 per cent among U.S. troops.

U.K.'s Tories shame Churchill

Bloomberg News 6th October 2014

Opinion piece stating that Prime Minister David Cameron, in a bid to stop defections to the UK Independence Party ahead of elections next year, may in fact be mimicking its policies. Matt Qvortrup, Institute of Contemporary British History, commented on the unlikelihood of the Council of Europe and its court giving the U.K. a special dispensation to ignore rulings. He was quoted saying: 'Leaving an international convention is pretty much impossible.'

Ladykillers hunt spies

Sun 5th October 2014

According to reports, female British jihadists are hunting down and executing spies who are accused by Islamic State of aiding the US-led bombing campaigns. The article mentions experts from King's who have identified one woman, Umm Waqqas, as British.

Two more womb swap babies due in weeks: Expectant mums use organ of their own mothers to have children

Daily Mail 5th October 2014

Two women who are using transplanted wombs donated by their own mothers are set to give birth in two weeks. Professor Henrik Hagberg, Imaging Sciences & Biomedical Engineering, was quoted saying: 'I was quite astounded that everything went so well. I think that’s quite fantastic.'

Disillusioned British jihadists stuck in Turkey because they are too scared to come back to UK

Evening Standard 5th October 2014

It is believed that as many as 100 British jihadists are stranded in Turkey because they are too scared to return to the UK after leaving Islamic State, with many seeking to travel to countries such as Pakistan and Bangladesh where their parents have roots. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, previously stated that British jihadists fighting in Syria had been wanting to return. He was quoted saying: 'The people we have been talking to […] want to quit but feel trapped because all the Government is talking about is locking them up for 30 years.'

Alibaba's cave has nukes

Sunday Times (India) 5th October 2014

Whilst the T700 fibre that can be used to enrich the uranium in nuclear bombs is controlled by a number of international bodies, it can be bought online at alibaba.com. Nick Gillard, Project Alpha, is quoted saying: 'Alibaba is a virtual supermarket for proliferation-sensitive items used in the process of producing nuclear weapons.'

The jihadi hunters

Boston Globe 5th October 2014

The article discusses how a new generation of self-made experts is tracking extremists through their online activity. It mentions one of these experts, Aaron Zelin, a 26-year-old graduate student in Washington, D.C., who has just started his PhD at King's. He said: 'There are still people who don’t view this as a real form of study.'

The long shadow of Isis

New Statesman 4th October 2014

Dr John Bew, War Studies, discussed Britain's involvement in the conflict against Islamic State. He wrote: 'Last year, at the time of the vote on Syria, Britain was first into the blocks, ahead of a reluctant Obama. But in a moment that might come to define Cameron’s premiership, it fell at the starting pistol. Those ramifications are still being felt.'

Degrees of ability

Spectator 4th October 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written in in response to a piece he was quoted in on PPE. He said: 'I cannot help feeling that a degree which produced two Nobel prize winners in economics — Hicks and Meade — and three of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century — Isaiah Berlin, Strawson and Dummett — must have a bit more to be said for it.'

Beheading of another Western hostage

BBC Radio 4 Today 4th October 2014

Following the beheading of Alan Henning and the release of another video depicting another Western hostage whose fate now hangs in the balance, Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discusses the appeals from some unexpected groups. He said: 'There's been a massive campaign over the last two weeks by pretty much every facet of the Muslim community in this country to get him released, including a lot of people that would normally be considered extremists.'

Mackerel and other oily fish 'combat depression'

Telegraph 3rd October 2014

According to new research, eating oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines can protect people against developing depression. Rich in omega-3, oily fish has also been linked to combating some cancers, heart disease and arthritis. Researchers from King's studied 152 patients who were being treated with a supplement known to cause depression, yet found drugs containing omega-3 cut the risk of developing the condition by two thirds.

Misguided goals as the NHS becomes a political football

Guardian 3rd October 2014

Following David Cameron's announcement promising access to a GP seven days a week, Professor Clive Coen, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, was quoted saying: 'Perhaps Jeremy Hunt wants specialists to retrain. On what grounds does he believe it would be prudent to encourage a shift of such proportion?'

Tory bid to liken human rights plan to German legal system backfires

Guardian 3rd October 2014

Following reports that the UK justice secretary may have tried to enlist Germany in his campaign against the European court of human rights (ECHR), experts have claimed that any comparison between the British and German legal systems is misleading. Dr Lorenzo Zucca, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on Britain’s conception of the power relationship between London and Strasbourg. He said: 'Throughout the continent, it is now very common to think of the relationship between national courts and Strasbourg as not so much a hierarchical, but a horizontal one: it’s meant to be an ongoing judicial dialogue.'

Cameron’s English problem

New York Times 3rd October 2014

Article by Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, on the English Question, following the result of the Scottish referendum. He wrote: 'But how should the English Question be answered? The logical answer is federalism. But the English have always resisted it.'

‘If you want to be the best, this is the place to do it’

TES Magazine 3rd October 2014

Article on the new King’s College London Mathematics School for 16 to 19 year-olds in Lambeth, South London. Dan Abramson, the School's headteacher, is quoted saying: 'I have been bowled over by the goodwill, energy and sheer determination of people who made sure it happened.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC Radio 4 Today 2nd October 2014

The British and Sierra Leonean governments are hosting a conference in London to try and encourage progress in the fight against Ebola. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is currently working at one of the main government hospitals in Freetown. He said: 'We've had to temporarily suspend seeing new patients because the isolation unit for suspected Ebola cases at the hospital is completely full.'

How a simple cold can set off a deadly asthma attack

Daily Mail 2nd October 2014

Scientists from King's and Imperial College London may have discovered why a simple cold can trigger a life-threatening asthma attack having shown that asthmatics produce more of a chemical that affects the immune system.

News in brief

Times Higher Education 2nd October 2014

The piece mentions a new project that will be carried out by the Policy Institute, alongside Digital Science and Nature Publishing Group. It will look into the impact on society of academic research conducted at universities.

Modi's US trip all optics and pageantry? Incorrect

NDTV 2nd October 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the Indian Prime Minister's five-day visit to the US and how many are viewing Modi's diplomacy as disappointing. Commenting on India's foreign policy, Dr Pant wrote: 'What Modi has been able to achieve during his visit to the US is to lay the foundation for some of the long-term changes in the way India is likely to conduct its dealings with the world in the coming years.'

Turkey MPs back Iraq-Syria deployment

BBC News 2nd October 2014

Turkey's parliament has backed a motion that could allow its army to become involved in the campaign against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discussed this latest development. He said: 'Having seen the commitment of American interest and now military force into the region, it would have been very surprising for them not to support their American allies.'

Britain needs to stop discouraging women from choosing engineering as a career

New Statesman 2nd October 2014

According to a new report published last week, one way of addressing the issue of the UK's lack of engineers is to encourage more women to opt for careers in engineering. This comes following claims that too few girls take the right STEM subjects at A-level. The article mentions the ASPIRES project, run by Professor Louise Archer, Department of Education & Professional Studies, and their report which revealed that young people with an interest in studying STEM subjects beyond the age of 16 usually came from families with a medium or high science capital.

Warning of university 'cold spots'

BBC News 1st October 2014

Maps produced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England have revealed that there are 'cold spots' in higher education across England which could affect the growth of local economies. These areas include the east of England, the south west, north east and Cumbria. Commenting on whether universities play a role in driving local businesses, Professor Alison Wolf, Management, said: 'Pouring public money into a locality obviously creates direct local beneficiaries. But there is nothing in the research literature to suggest it automatically strengthens the wider local economy in the short or the long term.'

Radicalisation of British women

ITV Good Morning Britain 1st October 2014

Following the disappearance of two British teenagers believed to have travelled to Syria, Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discusses the reasons behind why many young women have become radicalised. She said: 'We're looking more at vulnerability and shared experiences that might make individuals more vulnerable or more susceptible to specific messages.'

London leads the world for outstanding universities

Evening Standard 1st October 2014

According to the Times Higher Education world university rankings, London has more top universities than any other city in the world. The article mentions King's which was ranked at 40.

A strategic scorecard for Afghanistan

Foreign Policy 1st October 2014

Christopher D. Kolenda, War Studies, reported on the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as the new Afghan President and the opportunity it could provide for the country to move forward. He wrote: 'Whether the two rival leaders can make an effective, reformed, national unity government that is greater than the sum of its parts will determine the extent of success or failure over the next five years.'

Tooth decay

BBC 1 Breakfast 30th September 2014

More than one in ten three year olds in England suffer from tooth decay, which could be easily prevented by cutting out sugary drinks and regular dental check-ups. According to Public Health England, there is a big variation across England, and in some areas, more than 30 per cent of children are affected. Professor Marie Therese Hosey, Dental Institute, commented: 'On Tuesday I spent about two hours in general anesthetic theatre. We had ten patients, and of those ten patients, on average I took out about seven baby teeth out of each child.' Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today.

Can holding a magnet against your head help defeat depression?

Daily Mail 30th September 2014

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience are leading research into the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for anorexia. Jessica McClelland (IoPP) says: ‘Our hope is that by doing this we can alter the urge to restrict what you eat, and the anxiety around feeling fat or full. Preliminary results suggest that after one month and at six months there was a broad improvement in the patients’ anorexic symptoms, anxiety and depression and stress levels,’

Vince Cable to review number of ethnic minority board members

Guardian 30th September 2014

A report of the top 10,000 executives co-authored by Trevor Phillips, former chair of the equality and human rights commission, and Professor Richard Webber, Geography, found that there was little ethnic minority diversity at the top of business, with two-thirds of FTSE 100 firms having no full-time minority executive directors. This initiative follows Lord Davies’ 2011 review into women in the boardroom which was required by the government to increase the numbers of women in senior management roles.

The case against Qatar

Foreign Policy 30th September 2014

Washington may finally be beginning to respond to Qatar, although remains unwilling to confront it directly. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, discussed how government officials implement their foreign policy. He said:'The Qataris usually work by identifying individuals who they think are ideologically on the same wavelength.'

RAF jets called in to help Kurdish troops in Iraq

ITV News 30th September 2014

Following news that The Ministry of Defence had announced that RAF jets today made their first attacks on Islamic State positions in Iraq, Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed on the RAF's involvement. He said: 'I think the most important thing is that the Kurdish forces there know they now have another form of support.'

Cervical diagnosis 'can take months'

Daily Mail 29th September 2014

According to a new study, young women with symptoms of cervical cancer are having to wait up to six months for a diagnosis. The article mentions researchers at King's who have said that many of the symptoms are dismissed by both family doctors and women as side-effects of the Pill.

The roadblock to commercialisation

Financial Times 29th September 2014

Article on how innovation generated at universities can lead to the creation of high-impact spin-off businesses. It mentions the organisation, the IP Group, which is partnered with 12 leading universities, including King's.

Schoolgirl jihadis: the female Islamists leaving home to join Isis fighters

Guardian 29th September 2014

Hundreds of young women as young as 14 are leaving their homes in western countries to join Islamic fighters in the Middle East. According to the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, they are mainly aged between 16 and 24, with many having just graduated from university.

Barker & Burstow’s care packages for England

British Medical Journal 29th September 2014

Article co-authored by Professor Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit. She wrote: 'The market in social care has failed. This is the conclusion of two reports on social care from different perspectives, the Barker report and the Burstow report.'

Does the history of philosophy matter?

Prospect 29th September 2014

It is likely that those who study philosophy at a British or American university will have a modest education in the history of the subject. The article mentions Classical Philosophy: a history of philosophy without any gaps by Professor Peter Adamson, Philosophy, who is quoted saying: 'My goal in this series of books, then, is to tell the whole history of philosophy in an entertaining but not overly-simplified way.'

E.U. inquiry into tax deals for multinationals like Apple pushes ahead

New York Times 29th September 2014

Europe’s antitrust regulator will shortly provide fuller details on why it suspects low-tax countries such as Ireland to have made special deals with multinationals like Apple. Professor Andrea Biondi, The Dickson Poon School of Law, discussed the report set to published on Tuesday. He said: 'It could have major repercussions outside Europe, particularly for American companies.' Also reported by Boston Globe.

Dilma and the world

O Globo (Brazil) 29th September 2014

Article on Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, quoting Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, who commented on the engagement of the President in external affairs.

'Good terrorists, bad terrorists'

Business Standard (India) 29th September 2014

Article by research student, Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute on whether Modi and Obama can forge a common outlook on international terrorism. He wrote: 'India believes that secular, non-theocratic states are the best antidote to radical forces. The US, in contrast, does not find it difficult to accommodate theocracies and anti-secular regimes.'

UK Isis fighters reveal deadly predicament

Sunday Times 28th September 2014

British jihadists in Syria and Iraq who have become disillusioned are reported to have told their families they fear being killed by western airstrikes, or beheaded if they try to flee the Islamic State ranks. The article mentions Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who commented earlier this month that at least 20 per cent of British jihadists could be trying to find a way out.

British military limitations

BBC Radio 4 The World This Weekend 28th September 2014

Professor Andrew Lambert, War Studies, discussed how sea launch in Libya would have given the UK a major advantage. Commenting on Britain's ageing aircrafts, he said: 'Six tornadoes won't give you permanent cover over Northern Iraq.'

Belief in God

BBC Radio 4 Sunday 28th September 2014

The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge FKC, Dean of King’s College London, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 on the rise of new atheism and the increasing number of Sunday Assembly meetings, which are often referred to as ‘atheist churches'. He said: 'I think human beings are wonderful because God made them and my concern for an atheist humanist is how do they know they have any value?'

World Pollutionwatch: A breath of not-so-fresh air

Guardian 28th September 2014

On 6 September, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency’s twitter feed issued air pollution warnings for rural Ireland as sulphur dioxide concentrations reached peaks that resembled those experienced downwind of large, old coal power stations. The article mentions scientists at King's who also detected traces of mineral dust in the air as the sulphur dioxide passed through.

Update your garden in an instant

Times 27th September 2014

Article by Joe Swift on how to refresh your garden by painting walls, pots and other objects. The piece mentions his current project that involves the Greenwood Theatre at King's.

Isis 'fanboys' may now switch to attacks in UK, say terror experts

Guardian 27th September 2014

Following the decision to begin air strikes in the Middle East, experts have warned that hundreds of Islamic State sympathisers could cancel their plans to travel to Syria and Iraq and instead choose to launch attacks on home soil. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said that the MPs' vote for air strikes in Iraq had, in the minds of some Isis supporters, moved the frontline from Syria and Iraq to Britain.

Multiverse me: Should I care about my other selves?

New Scientist 27th September 2014

Opinion piece on the multiverse that features a quote by Professor David Papineau, Philosophy. He is quoted saying: 'Say you put your money on a horse which you think is a very good bet. It turns out that it doesn't win, and you lose all your money. You think, 'I wish I hadn't done that.' But you brought benefits to your cousins in other universes where the horse won.'

For your genes only

Spectator 27th September 2014

Article on how the revolution that began with the Humane Genome Project is finally being realised. Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, commented on the future of genetics saying that patients will no longer only be genetically tested after they have developed symptoms of a disease, but before.

Vodafone tries to steal march on 5G network

The Times 26th September 2014

In an article about 5G network technology, there is mention of King's research collaboration with the University of Surrey to develop new wireless technologies. Also reported by Independent and City AM.

Doctors lead backlash against expensive cancer drugs

FInancial Times 26th September 2014

Professor Richard Sullivan, director of the Institute of Cancer Policy at King’s, commented on the government’s Cancer Drugs Fund. He said: ‘The newer cancer drugs are often more toxic, and when you take stock of their effect after a few years in the real world, they are a waste of money.’

Exercise detoxes body of depressive chemicals, scientists find

Daily Telegraph 26th September 2014

A new study has found out why working up a sweat is so relaxing and mood-boosting.Commenting on the research, Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, says: "Exercise is always good for mental and physical health. This study shows one of the mechanisms by which exercise is beneficial but is not the only one good thing – people should exercise anyway.”

Sex sirens and symbols

BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour 26th September 2014

As Bridget Bardot approaches her eightieth birthday this weekend, the programme analyses the differences between the terms 'sex siren' and 'sex symbol.' Professor Ginette Vincendeau, Film Studies, discusses how Bardot fits the bill for a 'sex siren'. She said: 'She has this duality between being a perfect sex symbol for the male audience but also being a powerful female figure.'

Alibaba: Weapons of mass ecommerce

Financial Times 26th September 2014

Whilst sought after by the makers of racing bikes and jet aircrafts, the high-strength carbon fibre made by Japan’s Toray Industries is also perfect for supersonic centrifuges which are used to enrich the uranium in nuclear bombs. To buy it directly requires an export licence but it can be purchased from Alibaba.com, the Chinese trade website owned by Alibaba Group. Nick Gillard, Project Alpha, commented: 'Virtually every dual-use item needed for a proliferator to produce nuclear weapons is advertised for sale on Alibaba.'

Why border stand-offs between India and China are increasing

BBC News 26th September 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, analyses why minor incursions by troops are common on the border between India and China. He writes: 'There are differing perceptions on where the border lies and overlapping claims about the lines up to which both sides patrol. As a result, both Indian and Chinese troops routinely transgress into areas claimed by the other side.'

The north-south student divide: While northern undergraduates splash their cash on having fun southern scholars spend more wisely on books and DIY

Daily Mail 26th September 2014

According to Amazon Student, a new index consisting of data compiled from sales of items purchased by Amazon account holders between March and June, King's has the most studious undergraduates. The data found that those who study at King's purchase more academic textbooks than any other students in Britain.

Will Narendra Modi's visit improve US-India ties?

Telegraph 26th September 2014

Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the arrival of Narendra Modi in the United States this weekend to woo corporate investors for the Indian space programme. He wrote: 'It is unlikely that the visit will deliver much beyond showmanship. The focus is likely to be on further strengthening defence, economic and technology ties.'

PM apologises to the Queen

BBC News 25th September 2014

Dr Matthew Glencross, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed about David Cameron's apology to the Queen, following a remark about her view on the Scottish independence referendum. He said: 'The Queen will probably have some choice words for the PM.'

Autism risk of having babies close together

Times 25th September 2014

According to new research, babies conceived within a year of a sibling’s birth are more likely to be autistic. The article mentions a separate study by King's that found that babies were ten times more likely to develop the condition if they had a brother or sister with autism.

Surge in take-up of STEM subjects

Times Good University Guide 2015 25th September 2014

Students are increasingly choosing to study science and engineering courses at university and picking universities with strong reputations for research prowess. Professor Michael Luck, Informatics, discussed how universities have also been modernising their approach to science degrees. He said: 'Over the last few years, King's has been building up its strength in STEM subjects with an integrated approach that brings together the disciplines, rather than treating them as distinct.'

Turn the corner in Afghanistan

New Indian Express (India) 25th September 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, on the signing of a power-sharing pact by Afghan presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Commenting on the international response to the agreement, Dr Pant wrote: 'The Obama administration heaved a sigh of relief with this pact and hailed it as an “important opportunity” for unity and increased stability.'

Autism risk of having babies close together

The Times 25th September 2014

Article mentions research by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience from earlier this year which found that children are 10 times more likely to have autism if they have a brother or sister with the condition.

Does Nicolas Sarkozy have a chance in 2017?

Daily Telegraph 25th September 2014

Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, writes about Nicholas Sarkozy's prospects of regaining presidency in 2017. He said: 'Despite the media storm around Mr Sarkozy's return, his road back to the Elysée is long and littered with obstacles.'

Christopher Hogwood, early-music devotee, dies at 73

New York Times 25th September 2014

Piece on the life of conductor, harpsichordist and scholar, Christopher Hogwood. It mentions that he once held an academic position at King's.

Does Marijuana Harm the Brain?

Scientific American 24th September 2014

Commenting on how cannabis use changes the brain, Professor Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, says: “It's likely these are adaptive changes, which will probably disappear when they stop taking cannabis.”

Woman's Hour - Male bulimia

BBC Radio 4 24th September 2014

Professor Janet Treasure, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, discusses male bulimia.

EU plans for Iran gas imports if sanctions go

Reuters UK 24th September 2014

As relations with top gas supplier Russia have begun to deteriorate, the European Union is increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran. Dr Frank Umbach, War Studies, said: 'Iran's interest to deliver gas to Europe is very big. Parts of Iran's economical and political elite as well as Western companies are preparing for an end of the sanctions.'

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Telegraph 24th September 2014

The human eye has long intrigued scientists, and over the last decade there has been an increase in interest that is unlocking the eye's full potential. Professor Chris Hammond, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discussed his long career in Ophthalmology. He said: 'I think we’re at a key moment. The pace of our genetic understanding, cell-based therapies and artificial devices for the treatment of eye disease is advancing faster than ever.'

10 amazing breakthroughs in breast cancer

Huffington Post UK 24th September 2014

The article mentions a study co-led by The Institute of Cancer Research, London, King’s, and Queen Mary University of London, which identified the first genetic variant specifically associated with the risk of a difficult-to-diagnose cancer sub-type which accounts for as many as 10-15 per cent of all breast cancer cases. Dr Elinor Sawyer, Research Oncology, said: 'A diagnosis of breast cancer can be devastating, particularly if it is not picked up early and the cancer is at a stage when it may be more difficult to treat.'

Britain edges closer to military actions against IS

Voice of America 24th September 2014

The article discusses David Cameron recalling parliament to debate taking military action against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Dr Craig Larkin, Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, was quoted saying: 'While ISIS might be deterred, and there will be a step back from territorial gains, they cannot be fought like a conventional army. There is going to be a further requirement for feet on the ground by Western forces.'

Katherine Grainger sets off on long trip to Rio Olympics

Times 23rd September 2014

Katherine Grainger, King's fellow and Olympic champion, ended two years of deliberation yesterday by returning to the Great Britain squad. Commenting on setting her sights on Rio 2016, she said: 'There are going to be big challenges ahead in coming back after two years away.'

Analysis: What was the aim of IS's John Cantlie video?

BBC News 23rd September 2014

Article by Shiraz Maher and Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discussing the release of a second Islamic State video featuring captured British journalist John Cantlie. They wrote: 'Gruesome beheading videos of Western hostages released by Islamic State are by now, unfortunately, to be expected. However, the videos featuring Mr Cantlie mark a dramatic shift in the group's propaganda strategy.'

Are the US-led air strikes in Syria legal - and what does it mean if they are not?

Telegraph 23rd September 2014

Professor Theo Farrell, War Studies, wrote an article on the legality of the United States extending the bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria. Air strikes were conducted against ISIL facilities across four provinces in Syria, including its capital, the city of Raqqa. He wrote: 'The upshot is that US strikes against ISIL in Syria are probably illegal but widely recognised as legitimate. We are likely to see a rerun of what happened in 1999.'

University towns set for a term-time boom as it's revealed students boost local economies by almost £20bn a year

Daily Mail 23rd September 2014

According to a study by Amazon Student which has compiled its first Student Index to pinpoint how young people in different towns are spending their money. It revealed that King’s has the most studious undergraduates, who purchase more academic textbooks than any other students in the UK.

Scientists develop 3D model to see how smog moves among Hong Kong skyscrapers

Bloomberg Businessweek 23rd September 2014

Researchers from King's, the University of Hong Kong, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and the University of British Columbia, are in the process of designing a 3D model to map how pollution moves around in a city of skyscrapers. Benjamin Barratt, Environmental Research Group, was quoted saying: 'Developments in miniature air sensors, coupled with rapid advancements in 2-D urban pollution modeling, mean that this ambitious project is now feasible. City-scale three dimensional models have never been explored before in urban pollution monitoring.'

Hero we go again

The Sun 22nd September 2014

Commenting on the Help for Heroes campaign, Prof Greenberg, King's Centre for Military Health Research, said: “While the plight of these individuals and their families is often discussed by politicians, the actual services available are often lacking. Hopefully this work, and the more detailed study, will lead to better co-ordinated and more effective care."

Barack Obama urges United Nations to set up global ban on fighters

Guardian 22nd September 2014

Following Barack Obama's plans to press the UN security council to pass a new resolution that would impose global travel bans on fighters looking to enlist in overseas wars, Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying that events in Syria had jolted the international community into tackling the phenomenon of foreign fighters. He commented: 'From an international point of view, foreign fighters actually make these conflicts more difficult to resolve.'

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

MSN News 22nd September 2014

The article discusses how prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars and of crime on the streets. It mentions the book The Social Order of the Underworld by David Skarbek, Political Economy, which focuses on the California prison system - a system housing the second-largest inmate population in the country.

Drop in price of oil

BBC World Service Radio 22nd September 2014

Professor Nick Butler, The Policy Institute, discusses why the price of oil has fallen so fast and is down by 15 per cent. He said: 'I think it's of great concern to countries such as Russia and several others who absolutely depend on export oil revenues.'

Under the lid

The Sunday Telegraph 21st September 2014

Professor Chris Hammond from the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology was interviewed about the latest research into common eye diseases. He said: 'I’ve been working in ophthalmology for nearly 25 years,” he says. “And I think we’re at a key moment.The pace of ourgenetic understanding, cell-based therapies and artificial devices for the treatment of eye disease is advancing faster than ever.'

We are staying together: so what does it mean to be British now?

The Sunday Telegraph 21st September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, reflected on the consequences of last week's referendum for British identity. He said: 'This referendum has probably reawakened the slumbering beast of English nationalism.' Professor Bogdanor was also interviewed by The Independent on Sunday.

Looming quakes may be betrayed by groundwater changes

New Scientist 21st September 2014

Professor Bruce Malamud, Geography, discussed a study by researchers at Stockholm University that revealed a link between chemical changes in groundwater and earthquakes. He said: 'There is still a lot more evidence that needs to be gathered, in other study sites and for longer time spans, before we can consider large changes of groundwater chemistry to always be a precursor to medium-to-large seismic activity.'

Managing Mr Xi

Sunday Business Standard (India) 21st September 2014

Article by Professor Harsh V Pant on the visit of the Chinese President to India. He wrote: 'The visit clearly was not as substantive as many were hoping for. But this is the new normal in Sino-Indian ties.'

So, what gender is your toy?

Deccan Herald (India) 20th September 2014

The article discusses how Lego's latest collection, Research Institute, could be significant in breaking gender stereotypes. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, supports the new toys which show women doing intellectually-demanding jobs.

How worried should India be about China?

Daily Telegraph 19th September 2014

Professor Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes about India's relationship with China, claiming that tensions between the two nations show no sign of abating.

Phones 4u billionaire's son has been trapped in his house by agoraphobia for nine years

Daily Mail 19th September 2014

Commenting on news that Rufus Caudwell, son of billionaire businessman John has agoraphobia, Professor Kevin Gournay, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience added: ‘The stresses of divorce could trigger agoraphobia. It’s fair to say the children of parents who are in the limelight – high achievers – are often under terrific pressure to emulate their parents. That can lead to anxiety, which can lead to agoraphobia.’

Scottish independence referendum

Sky News 19th September 2014

Dr Andrew Blick, (ICBH) was interviewed before and after the Scottish independence polls closed by CNN and provided comment on Sky News, BBC London News, Al Jazeera, O Globo Xinhau, Phoenix TV and Russia Today.

Constitutional reform debate

BBC Radio 4 19th September 2014

Following David Cameron's speech about the future of the UK which called for change in Scotland to also be reflected in Northern Ireland, Wales and England, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed on its implications. He said: 'I suspect that the English MPs will want to look very carefully at these new powers that are being given to Scotland. I think it's very difficult to set up a precise timetable. Parliament will want to scrutinise this very carefully indeed.'

Silent jihadis keep governments guessing about terror returnees

Washington Post 19th September 2014

The article discusses how intelligence agencies are focusing on the threat posed by men and women who aren’t seen tweeting from Syria. It mentions researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who have been identifying and tracking several hundred foreign fighters in Syria. Also reported by Daily Beast.

Richard Ayoade swaps comedy for academia for festival to celebrate new film The Double

Evening Standard 18th September 2014

Article reports that actor and film-maker, Richard Ayoade, will participate in a panel discussion about his critically acclaimed film 'The Double' at King's Arts and Humanities Festival in October.

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

The Atlantic 18th September 2014

Interview with Dr David Skarbek, Political Economy, on his new book 'The Social Order of the Underworld: How prison gangs govern the American penal system'.

Why is it so hard for British agents to track down hostages?

Daily Telegraph 18th September 2014

Dr Huw Dylan, War Studies, writes about the difficulties faced by British agents attempting to track down hostages in Iraq and Syria.

Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claim scientists

Guardian 18th September 2014

Dr Christopher Corpe, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on research which suggests artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar levels by promoting growth of certain gut bacteria. He said future work must draw on larger numbers of people who consume more realistic amounts of artificial sweeteners.

Scottish referendum: yes and no agree it's a once-in-a-lifetime vote

Guardian 18th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, said a second Scottish independence vote after a 'no' result was not impossible. He added: 'As Disraeli said: Finality is not the language of politics.' Professor Bogdanor was also interviewed by Daily Telegraph, Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4.

The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How to Master It, by Walter Mischel

Times Higher Education 18th September 2014

Dr Natalie Gold, Philosophy, and principal investigator on the European Research Council-funded project 'Self-control and the Person: An Interdisciplinary Account', reviews The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How to Master It, by Walter Mischel.

Pleas for Alan Henning

Sky News 18th September 2014

Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed about an appeal by Muslim leaders for Islamic State to release British hostage Alan Henning. He said such appeals are 'important' but that they must not appear to be Government-orchestrated.

Hostage rescue attempt

BBC Radio Five Live 18th September 2014

Dr Huw Dylan, War Studies, was interviewed about attempts to rescue hostages taken by Islamic State. He warned that intelligence agencies are ‘not omnipotent’ and face difficulties in finding hostages who are so well hidden by adversaries who are themselves trying to evade capture. Interview begins at 13.00.

Yes may mean early election, says PM's tutor

Daily Telegraph 17th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, said a vote for Scottish independence could leave the Government in 'limbo'. He added: 'The Government would lose a lot of authority. Some have said David Cameron would have to resign.'

Unethical cancer screening trial has to stop, say experts

The Times 17th September 2014

An ‘unethical’ breast screening trial for women should be halted, according to a letter to the BMJ by a group of medical experts, including lead signatory and professor of obstetrics at King’s, Susan Bewley. The BMJ letter stated: ‘Lack of a proper research question and competence, inherent bias, and under-informed women have resulted in improper science and an unethical trial. We call for the age extension trial to be halted and for an independent review.’

The Immortality of the Crab

BBC Radio 4 17th September 2014

Professor Anthea Tinker, Institute of Gerontology, Social Science Health and Medicine, took part in a discussion on Ageing and Mortality/Immortality with the writer Bryan Appleyard and the Priest/Social commentator Giles Fraser.

How easily could Scotland set up its own armed forces?

Daily Telegraph 17th September 2014

Professor Andrew Dorman, Defence Studies, outlines five reasons why creating armed forces for an independent Scotland might prove problematic.

Healthy heart may lessen risk of dementia

The Times 17th September 2014

Stopping smoking, starting to exercise, keeping the brain active and controlling diabetes can all help reduce the risk of dementia “even in late life”, according to the World Alzheimer Report 2014, produced by the Institute of psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Professor Martin Prince (IoPPN) said: “There is already evidence from several studies that the incidence of dementia may be falling in high income countries, linked to improvements in education and cardiovascular health. We need to do all we can to accentuate these trends. With a global cost of over US$600 billion (£370 million), the stakes could hardly be higher.” Also reported by The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Press Association, O Globo (Brazil), Correiro Braziliense (Brazil), Nursing Times and BBC Radio London 94.9.

King's press release related to 'Healthy heart may lessen risk of dementia'

Britain shows off its brilliant brains in table of world’s top universities

The Times 16th September 2014

King’s is ranked 16th in the world in the QS World University Rankings of the top 850 global higher education institutions. This ranking is an improvement for King’s of three places since last year. During the same period, King’s has also moved up one place to 5th in the UK. Also reported by Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, BBC News Online, Evening Standard, Huffington Post and Press Association.

King's press release related to 'Britain shows off its brilliant brains in table of world’s top universities'

Can a phone app really tell if that mole is cancerous?

Daily Mail 16th September 2014

John Hawk, emeritus professor of dermatology at King’s, said phone apps which claim to detect skin cancer ‘have to be considered unreliable.’ He added: ‘They are very likely to miss moles that are a malignant melanoma, or highlight ones that are not. They can get it wrong both ways and that represents a huge risk to the patient.’

Alan Henning: Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis to release British aid worker following kidnap

The Independent 16th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on reports that Al-Qaeda appealed to Isis for the release of a British aid worker. He said: 'Al-Qaeda has been critical of Isis in recent months. It understands how its behaviour will be perceived by the Western public. Although the two groups’ underlying ideology is still very similar, Al-Qaeda is much more strategic. For example, it is not opposed to beheadings but realises it makes no sense to carry them out in the way that Isis does because this tactic will lose them a lot of friends.’ Also reported by Daily Express and The Sun.

Green energy sector fears Scottish Yes vote

Financial Times 16th September 2014

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute at King's, commented on the ramifications of a 'yes' vote in the Scottish independence referendum for Scotland's renewable energy ambitions. He said: ‘If the public policy’s there they can be good businesses, but you are dependent on that policy remaining in place – and I don’t think they could afford the renewable policy on their own, it is dependent on them being part of the UK market.’

Why Xi Jinping's visit to India is significant

BBC News Online 16th September 2014

Professor Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes about the significance of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India. He said: 'Given the recent history of turbulence in Sino-Indian ties, the visit of the Chinese president to India will be closely watched and analysed.'

Drawings made ​​in childhood influence intelligence in adulthood

Correio Braziliense (Brazil) 16th September 2014

Children's drawings at age 4 indicate intelligence at age 14, according to research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Dr Rosalind Arden adds: "Many children who had low results will be brilliant. We noticed a trend, not a certainty."

Isis videos 'excite' group's supporters

Guardian 15th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on social media reaction to videos released by Islamic State, amongst its supporters. He said: 'There are three types of reaction. There is pure jubilation, comments that America and now Britain are getting what they deserve, and the thought that this is not pretty, but that this is the kind of thing that happens with revolutions.'

Mayor of London calls for air strikes in Iraq

BBC London 94.9 FM 15th September 2014

Professor Victoria Fontan, a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies, argues that airstrikes in Iraq would be counter-productive.

World leaders meet to discuss ISIS

CNN 15th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said the latest video released by ISIS is aimed at recruiting sympathisers of the jihadists who might be interested in joining a fight against the US.

International response to ISIS

BBC London 94.9 FM 15th September 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, said a 'strong international response' is required to tackle the threat posed by Islamic State. She also discussed reasons why individuals from the UK become radicalised. Item begins at 02.35.

ISIS' Use of Social Media Is Not Surprising; Its Sophisticated Digital Strategy Is

Huffington Post 15th September 2014

Alessandro Bonzio, a former master's student in International Relations, writes about Islamic State's use of social and digital media.

Can the West defeat Isil?

Daily Telegraph 15th September 2014

Bill Park, Defence Studies, outlines five reasons why the West will not find it easy to defeat Islamic State.

ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey

The New York Times 15th September 2014

According to Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, at least 12,000 foreign militants are fighting in Syria and Iraq — many of them with ISIS.

How many more Western captives is ISIS holding?

CNN 15th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said the beheading of Western captives by Islamic State represents a 'low cost strategy' for the jihadist group. He said: 'They are seeing that in order to capture the world's attention and recruit people, they no longer need to take down the World Trade Towers or hit the Pentagon.'

Hunt is on for the British woman jihadi doctor who posed with a severed head

The Sunday Telegraph 14th September 2014

In an article about British jihadi women in Syria, there is mention of research by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which believes that around 60 British women have travelled to Syria. Also reported by Daily Mail.

The next question: should England have a new Magna Carta?

The Sunday Times 14th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, writes about the constitutional consequences of the Scottish independence referendum - for Scotland and England.

Sugar is bad for blood pressure

The Sunday Times 14th September 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said he is unconvinced by new research linking sugar to high blood pressure.

Oil price slide sets the stage for M&A

Financial Times 14th September 2014

Professor Nick Butler, Policy Institute at King's, says he knows of at least three major oil and gas companies that have ordered 'full scale strategic reviews', following a slide in oil prices.

Advancement of 'yes' in the final stretch takes London by surprise

O Globo 14th September 2014

Professor Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, was interviewed about the Scottish independence referendum.

Qatar asks Muslim Brotherhood members to leave country

Daily Telegraph 13th September 2014

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, commented on reports that Qatar has asked several Muslim Brotherhood members to leave the country, which has previously been seen as a safe haven for Islamists. He said: ‘Qatar has been under massive pressure to do something for some time now. This is a strong statement, and they will hope it is enough.’

Breakaway threatens to pull plug on green energy ambitions

Financial Times 12th September 2014

According to energy sector analysts, a 'yes' vote in the Scottish referendum could have severe implications for renewables. Professor Nick Butler, Social Science & Public Policy, commented that Scotland does not have a cost or climate advantage for renewables. He said: 'I don't think they could afford the renewable policy on their own, it is dependent on them being part of the UK market.'

Franklin ship found – but its disappearance remains a mystery

BBC History Magazine 11th September 2014

Despite the discovery of Sir John Franklin's ship, which vanished in the Arctic more than 160 years ago, we are no closer to solving the mystery of how it happened, according to Professor Andrew Lambert from the Department of War Studies.

Spiralling costs of dementia 'being unfairly picked up by carers'

Independent 10th September 2014

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, the number of people affected by dementia is rising steadily and will reach 850,000 over the next year. Prepared by King's and the London School of Economics, Dementia UK: The Second Edition has revealed that people with dementia and their carers are left to pay the £5.8bn social care bill for help with everyday tasks. The researchers have stated that the billions of hours of unpaid care that carers provide would cost the state £11.6bn if it wasn't provided for free. Also reported by BBC Radio 4 Today, Daily Express, BBC Radio 2 and BBC London 94.9 FM.

Vacancy at Scott Trust

Daily Telegraph 10th September 2014

Piece on the resignation of Professor Maleiha Malik, The Dickson Poon School of Law, from the board of The Scott Trust. Professor Malik has resigned following nine years on the board to focus on her increased work commitments.

Daily cannabis smokers risk health, wellbeing and achievement

Reuters 10th September 2014

Researchers have found that teenagers who use cannabis on a daily basis have a higher risk of becoming dependent on drugs, committing suicide or trying other drugs. They are also less likely to succeed at their studies than those who don't use drugs. Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, said that the study 'reminds us that it is important to discourage cannabis use among teenagers, and that educational campaigns outlining the risks of heavy cannabis use are warranted whatever (its) legal status.'

Air pollution

BBC London News 10th September 2014

Boris Johnson has faced a committee of MPs to explain why the capital regularly fails to reach EU standards. According to Public Health England, air pollution is responsible for the premature deaths of nearly 3500 people in London each year. The report mentions research by King's that has found that emissions have been reduced by 3 per cent over the last six years.

Yes vote could force Queen to appoint Australian-style governor general to act on behalf of the sovereign in an independent Scotland

Daily Mail 10th September 2014

Experts have suggested that the Queen may be forced to appoint an Australian-style representative to rule in her name should Scotland vote for independence. Professor Robert Blackburn, The Dickson Poon School of Law, discussed how the Queen may need to reconsider her role. He said: 'Politically, the Queen could find herself in difficulties if she received contradictory advice on her Royal duties or public utterances on matters of common interest, particularly in foreign or diplomatic matters, where the British and Scottish governments might happen to be at loggerheads.'

Socrates among the psychopaths

New Scientist 10th September 2014

Review of Alien Landscapes? Interpreting disordered minds by Professor Jonathan Glover, The Dickson Poon School of Law. The reviewer writes: 'A subtler conclusion is that the thinking of people with disorders of the mind can enrich philosophy. Glover believes that it can, from ethics to epistemology.'

Apply now for older people's care fellowship

Nursing Standard 10th September 2014

Senior nurses in the UK are being encouraged to apply to an older person's nurse fellowship programme. This will be held at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery and will help nurses develop their skills and knowledge in end of life care planning.

Scottish independence: The Queen is urged to intervene

Telegraph 9th September 2014

Following a TNS poll showing the Yes and No campaigns running neck and neck, senior MPs have suggested that an intervention from the Queen could have an impact on the referendum. The Prime Minister has been urged by both parties to consider asking the Queen to speak out, as she did in 1977. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, commented that he did not think it likely David Cameron would approach the Queen. He said: 'She could be required by David Cameron to make such a speech, but I think it highly unlikely. She would be loath to do it, as she has always avoided controversy.' Also reported by Times.

How cells from your hip can repair heart damage

Daily Mail 9th September 2014

Stem cells have been discussed for more than 15 years as a future cure for many health problems as they are capable of developing into different tissue types. In particular,those from bone marrow can now be made to grow into heart muscle cells. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, commented on the potential of stem cells. He said: 'We are still in very early days. The best successes have been with very simple tissues, such as cartilage. It will take five to ten years before we really understand what can be done in the future. I don’t think we’ll ever be able to use stem cells to regenerate all the organs and tissues of a human.’

Mirror-image twins: One mind in two bodies

Independent 9th September 2014

Mirror-image twins Christie and Louise Miller have spoken out about regularly experiencing visions that affect them both simultaneously. The term 'mirror-image twins' refers to a set of twins who share the same DNA but develop asymmetric features. Dr Kirsten Ward, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology Unit, was quoted saying that there isn't a test to determine mirror image.

UN Security Council to set out plan to stop foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere

Telegraph 9th September 2014

The UN Security Council has drawn out plans to demand countries take measures to prevent the recruitment and travel of foreign fighters to join extremist militant groups, by making it a criminal offence under domestic laws. This comes following the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation confirming that 12,000 fighters from 74 nations have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight with groups such as the Islamic State. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, was quoted saying that this is the most significant foreign fighter mobilisation since the Afghanistan war in the 1980s. He commented: 'Networks are being forged (in Syria and Iraq) that will be consequential and relevant for an entire generation to come.' Also reported by Reuters, International Business Times, New York Times and New Scientist.

Scottish independence: a defining moment for England, too

Telegraph 9th September 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed the implications for English nationalism if Scotland votes for independence. Based on an opinion poll which indicated that the Union between Scotland and England might come to an end on September 18, Professor Bogdanor commented on the effect this could have upon the monarchy. He wrote: 'If Scotland were to become independent, it proposes to retain the monarchy, and the Queen would not want to antagonise the rulers of her new kingdom. The likelihood, therefore, is that Her Majesty, like the rest of us, will suffer in silence until the referendum is over.' Also reported by Channel 4 News, Times, Evening Standard London and Guardian. Professor Bogdanor has also written a piece on the constitutional implications of a 'yes' vote in the Times.

British women run extremists’ religious police force

Times 8th September 2014

A teenager from Manchester who travelled to Syria to become an Islamic State bride has posted a photograph of herself holding a gun on social media. It has also been reported that British women are the ones running the Islamic State's religious police force. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who have said that the group's social media accounts are run by British jihadists as they are written in English. Also reported by Daily Mirror and Daily Mail.

NHS and type 1 diabetes

BBC Radio 4 Today 8th September 2014

The programme looks at treatment on the NHS for the incurable type 1 diabetes which affects 400,000 people in Britain and 29,000 children. Dr Simon Chapman, Child Health Clinical Academic Group, commented on the condition. He said: 'The legacy of the research that's happened over the last twenty years has shown that the more intensive you are with your management, the better your outcome.'

Scottish independence

BBC News 8th September 2014

According to a YouGov poll, 51 per cent of the Scottish population are currently backing independence. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, discussed the impact this could have on England and English MPs. He said: 'The English may start complaining and the union between England and Scotland could come under pressure from the English. The English factor's been ignored.'

British female jihadi wants 'Cameron's head on a spike'

Channel 4 News 8th September 2014

A British teenager in Syria has spoken out on Twitter against David Cameron and measures proposed by the Prime Minister to block the passports of those returning to the UK. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who have identified at least four British women to be part of an ultra-religious police force that punishes un-Islamic behaviour in Islamic State territory. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, is quoted saying: 'Sunni jihadis have never called on women to fight, they come to be the home-front, to cook, clean and offer logistical support. They are almost all married to Isis fighters.'

Where fact and fiction intersect - journalists on their favourite novels

Guardian 8th September 2014

Blog post on the Joy of Influence which will take place at the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre at King's in October. Andrew Marr, India Knight, Paul Mason, Paul Morley and Gaby Wood will explain how they were influenced by their favourite fictional work.

Pollution is worse in your car than on street

Sunday Times 7th September 2014

According to a new King's study, car and taxi users are being exposed to air pollution levels inside their vehicles that are higher than those on the roads that they're driving along. The researchers equipped five MPs with devices to measure airborne pollution levels and to show in which parts of London they were exposed to the highest doses. Ben Barratt, The Environmental Research Group, discussed the recent study. He said: 'Our monitoring equipment showed that people in vehicles were far more exposed to air pollution than they would be walking.'

Experts raise fears over strategy to deal with jihadists back from war

Times 6th September 2014

According to experts, Britain should adopt a more flexible policy towards the hundreds of British jihadists returning to the UK. This comes following the news that dozens of militants are looking to come back to the UK after becoming disillusioned. The men contacted researchers at the the ICSR via social media, telling them that they had gone out to fight President Assad but instead were being forced to fight other rebel groups. Also reported by Independent, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Evening Standard London, Telegraph, Observer and Sunday Telegraph.

Playing the army game

Times 6th September 2014

Review of National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945-1963 by Professor Richard Vinen, History. According to Professor Vinen, the two million men drafted into the British armed forces were essential for Britain to maintain her status as a great power and to defend the Empire.

Twice as many cases of early dementia than was thought

Telegraph 6th September 2014

According to a report due to be published this week, over twice as many people in Britain have dementia before the age of 65 than experts had previously thought. It is estimated that 42,000 people could be suffering early onset dementia, including thousands of cases among those in their 40s. The figures, set to be published on Wednesday, come from a report by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Ask a grown-up: Why do grown-ups shrink when they get quite old?

Guardian 6th September 2014

Dr David Green, Physiology, answers the question as to why adults seem to shrink as they get older. He wrote: 'We actually lose height on a daily basis. Measure yourself in the morning and again at bedtime, and you'll see that you've lost about 1cm over the day. That's because gravity pulls us down to the surface of the Earth, compressing our bodies.'

Lives could be saved with e-cigarettes, say experts

BBC 1, Breakfast 5th September 2014

Around 2 million people in the UK use e-cigarettes but opinion surrounding them is divided. Researchers have said that more than 6000 early deaths could be prevented in the UK for every million smokers that switch to them. Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, commented: 'What we do know is that e-cigarettes are much less harmful than cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking is so dangerous that the single best thing that a smoker can do is to stop smoking as quickly as possible. If e-cigarettes can help a smoker to stop smoking, then that will be very beneficial to their health.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 4, BBC News, BBC Radio 2 and Sky News.

Let us come home, say young British jihadists

Times 5th September 2014

A British fighter claiming to represent 30 Britons currently in Syria and Iraq has become so disillusioned that he has contacted researchers from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation asking to return to the UK. The militants, most of whom are in their early twenties, are from a group with affiliations to the Islamic State but, according to Shiraz Maher, ICSR, they are now regretting their involvement in the conflict. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, added that he believed as many as 20 per cent of British jihadists could be trying to find a way out. Also reported by Independent, BBC Radio 4, Today, BBC News and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Al Qaeda Issues Response to Rival Group

The Wall Street Journal Europe 5th September 2014

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri this week delivered his first response to rival militant group Islamic State since it cut a swath across Iraq and Syria this summer, erecting a de facto state the size of Belgium. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: 'The message was to show that al Qaeda is expanding into new markets where the Islamic State is not present and frankly, al Qaeda is not, either.'

WHO report gives misleading view on e-cigarettes, experts argue

Reuters 5th September 2014

A World Health Organisation-commissioned review of e-cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations, meaning policymakers may miss their potential health benefits, a group of tobacco addiction experts said. Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, said: 'I was shocked and surprised when I read it. I felt it was an inaccurate portrayal of the evidence on e-cigarettes.' Also reported by Reuters (India).

Islamic State terrorism

BBC Radio 5 live 5th September 2014

Dozens of British jihadists fighting in Syria have asked the UK for help to come home. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the importance of a deradicalisation programme for returning militants. He said: 'Some of them said they would be prepared to go to that type of scheme. What they're very worried about, of course, is going to prison.'

Restrictions on e-cigarettes

Sky News 5th September 2014

Although cleaner and safer than tobacco smoke, the cloud emitted from e-cigarettes has divided medical opinion. Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, discussed the benefits of electronic cigarettes. She said: 'They contain far fewer toxins both for the person who is using it and for people around a user. We believe that they have the potential to help smokers to stop smoking.' Also reported by Channel 5 News, BBC News, Telegraph and BBC Radio 5 live.

One in seven British jihadists may be women

Telegraph 5th September 2014

According to new research, it is estimated that up to 15 per cent of Western jihadists in Syria and Iraq are women and as many as 60 Muslim women may have left the UK in the last year to travel to the conflict zones. The article mentions that International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation who are closely monitoring the activity of British jihadists via social media.

Ukraine crisis

BBC News 5th September 2014

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, discusses the significance of the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels. Commenting on Russia's position in the conflict, she said: 'There is a real danger that although a ceasefire has been reached and there is no more fighting, we're finding ourselves in similar situations as we did in some parts of Georgia or in Transnistria with Moldova - these unrecognised states behind a ceasefire line. It's very important to make sure that there is some progress in the negotiations.'

Winning friends and influence

New Statesman 5th September 2014

Article co-authored by Jim Moher, Institute of Contemporary British History, on how history has shown that unions achieve their aims only through working with employers and the state.

Putting some thought into new GCSEs

Times Higher Education 5th September 2014

Letter by Laurie Smith, Education & Professional Studies, addressing the new GCSEs that will come into play in 2017. Addressing the new specifications for English that will challenge students further, he said: 'Teaching needs to encourage students to develop higher-order thinking skills, which most can achieve.'

New test will diagnose type 2 diabetes years earlier

Daily Mail 4th September 2014

The current way of diagnosing type-2 diabetes using blood glucose levels needs to be revised, according to researchers at King’s. Professor Kennedy Cruickshank, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: ‘The current method of categorising type 2 diabetes solely by a patient’s glucose levels means that many will already have suffered blood vessel damage and so will experience poorer outcomes.’

King's press release related to 'New test will diagnose type 2 diabetes years earlier'

Slain journalist's family accuses ISIS leader of violating Islam with execution

CNN (US) 4th September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is quoted in a piece about the execution of US journalist Steven Sotloff and reaction in the US. 'It is almost the exact same choreography,' he said.

China targets family, friends to coerce activists

Huffington Post (US) 4th September 2014

To deter political and social activists, Chinese authorities routinely target their family members, friends and associates, pressuring them to be unwilling agents of persuasion or penalizing them directly. Dr Eva Pils, Law, said: 'By making the parents or the children suffer, (the authorities) try to prevent the target person from continuing. And it's very effective because of the guilt you feel for bringing all this anxiety and suffering to them.'

Times Higher Education Awards 2014 shortlist announced

Times Higher Education 4th September 2014

For 10 years the Times Higher Education Awards have recognised talent and dedication across the university sector. The winners of this year's ceremony will be announced on Thursday 27 November at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. King's has been shortlisted for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year and Most Innovative Teacher of the Year.

Many mentally ill women assaulted

Press Association 4th September 2014

According to a new study published in the journal Psychological Medicine, two in every five women with severe mental illnesses have suffered rape or attempted rape. Researchers from King's and UCL have found that more than half of these victims had attempted suicide as a result. Professor Louise Howard, Women's Health, said: 'This study highlights that patients with severe mental illness are at substantially increased risk of being a victim of domestic and sexual violence.'

AHRC/British Library research project on academic books launched

Times Higher Education 4th September 2014

Due to campaigns for open access publishing, a research project is being launched by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Library to look into the future of academic books. A team from King's and UCL will act as a consulting body over the two-year funding period.

National data centre for academics goes live

Times Higher Education 4th September 2014

In order to support the research requirements of academics, a new national data centre has been set up and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. King's College London is one of the London-based university partners.

Could the blood of Ebola survivors help patients?

Fox News (US) 4th September 2014

As West Africa struggles to contain the biggest ever outbreak of Ebola, some experts say an unusual but simple treatment might help: the blood of survivors. Dr Colin Brown, who recently worked in Ebola clinics in Sierra Leone for King's College London's partnership with the country, said local hospitals should be able to provide survivors' blood if doctors want to offer it. Also reported by Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Seattle Times.

Change study supports the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

Veja (Brazil) 4th September 2014

Researchers have found way to predict the disease before rate increase blood sugar - and before most of the damage occurs to the body of diabetes. Professor Kennedy Cruickshank, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'The blood vessels are damaged as part of the disease, but these problems begin before the blood sugar rise in pre-diabetic framework.'

Mentally ill women face increased risk of sexual assault, reveals study

India Today 4th September 2014

Despite public concern about violence being perpetrated by patients with mental illness, researchers have found that women with severe mental illness are more likely to face sexual assault and domestic violence. Professor Louise Howard, Women's Health, said: 'This study highlights that patients with severe mental illness are at substantially increased risk of being a victim of domestic and sexual violence.' Also reported by Times of India.

Al-Qaeda vs Islamic State?

Al Jazeera 4th September 2014

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has announced a new branch in South Asia, and promised to, 'raise the flag of jihad' across the subcontinent. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, participated in a debate discussing the video statement.

Apparent ISIS executioner: 'I'm back, Obama'

CNN (US) 3rd September 2014

The similarities are striking. An American journalist kneels in the desert, dressed in an orange prison-style jumpsuit. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, compared ISIS videos showing the deaths of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, and said: 'It is almost the exact same choreography.'

UK government responds to Sotloff murder

Channel 4 News 3rd September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed about the reported beheading of a second US journalist. He said Islamic State is trying to engineer a confrontation with the West in order to boost its legitimacy and ability to recruit foreign fighters. Professor Neumann also appeared on BBC News.

Islamic state

BBC Radio 4 3rd September 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed about foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. He said ‘there is a class of person who has realised that they’ve made the wrong choice [in joining foreign fighters] and want to came back’. Shiraz urged the government to explore the use of deradicalisation programmes for returning foreign fighters (interview begins at 27.00). Shiraz was also interviewed by Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph.

Was ISIS hostage video inspired by Homeland's opening credits?

Daily Mail 3rd September 2014

Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on propaganda videos produced by Islamic State, suggesting that they are a 'means of psychological warfare' that offer young Muslims 'the illusion to escape the rigid world of boredom.'

Compulsory setting in schools

Guardian 3rd September 2014

In an article about government plans to separate school pupils by ability, there is mention of research at King's into the value of 'compulsory setting.'

Anti-terror package still leaves gaping holes in move to tackle British jihadis

Guardian 2nd September 2014

Opinion piece that the limited new anti-terrorism package agreed by David Cameron and Nick Clegg is an extension of existing measures. The article mentions the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which monitors militants from the West fighting in Syria and Iraq. Among the new proposals are measures to give the police temporary powers to seize the passports of those travelling to Syria to partake in jihadi activity and to stop UK nationals who are already there from coming back.

Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State'

BBC Radio 4 2nd September 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, suggests the reported beheading of Steven Sotloff is an attempt by Islamic State to ‘draw America more deeply into a conflict’, with the aim of prompting a confrontation between the West and Islam (interview begins at 09.10). Professor Neumann was also interviewed by BBC World News.

Police to be given new powers to seize passports

ITV Good Morning Britain 2nd September 2014

Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, argues that the UK should 'proceed with caution' and consider returning foreign fighters on a case by case basis - rather than imposing a blanket seizure of passports in response to the terrorist threat.

Why is mental health such a low priority for the UN?

Guardian 2nd September 2014

Article co-authored by Professor Graham Thornicroft, Centre for Global Mental Health, looking at the attention paid by the UN to the issue of mental health. Professor Thornicroft said: 'There is a very important opportunity now to make sure that the new goals, for the period after 2015, will clearly address the needs of people with mental illness.'

Hallucinating in the deep waters of consciousness

Psychologist 1st September 2014

Dr Vaughan Bell, Institute of Psychiatry, reviews the French short film, Narcose, which documents the dive of world champion free diver, Guillaume Néry. The five-minute film focuses on the hallucinations the diver experiences from carbon dioxide narcosis. Dr Bell said: 'The film is visually stunning. A masterpiece of composition, light and framing. It's also technically brilliant.'

Breakthrough in the fight to cure glaucoma

Daily Express 1st September 2014

Following a breakthrough by British scientists, the cure for glaucoma, an age-related blindness, is getting closer. From analysing tests on more than 35,000 people from seven different countries, four new genes associated with high inner-eye pressure were identified which could mean that a way of pinpointing those at risk of glaucoma could be being established. Professor Chris Hammond, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, directed the study. He said: 'It could lead to another eyedrop which might be more effective and there is potential to alter how genes are working in the eye.'

Common variants near ABCA1, AFAP1 and GMDS confer risk of primary open-angle glaucoma

Nature Genetics 1st September 2014

Paper on primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), a major cause of irreversible blindness worldwide, and a genome-wide association study into the condition. One of the study's affiliates is Professor Peter McGuffin, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

The girl with three biological parents

BBC News 1st September 2014

Alana Saarinen is one of a few people in the world who have DNA from three people. Conceived through a pioneering infertility treatment in the USA which has now been banned, she is one of only 30 to 50 people in the world who have some mitochondria from a third person. Professor Peter Braude, Life Sciences & Medicine, pointed out that having a third person's DNA in somebody's system isn't a new phenomenon. He said: 'Think about bone marrow transplants. Let's say unfortunately you have leukaemia and you have to have your bone marrow radiated for the cancer to be killed and then it is replaced by bone marrow from someone else - say me. Effectively from that time onwards, you will have circulating in your body DNA from me.'

Republican says 'hundreds' of Americans have joined Islamic State. True?

Yahoo News (US) 1st September 2014

Article asks whether hundreds of disaffected Americans have traveled overseas to train with the Islamic State, quoting figures from ICSR. Also reported by LA Times (US).

Parents of ill Briton boy, 5, fight extradition from Spain

Fox News (US) 1st September 2014

Article on how Britain has become riveted by the case of little Ashya King, whose parents plucked him from a hospital in southern England and fled to Spain amid a dispute over treatment - with British justice close on the family's heels. Professor Penney Lewis, Law, said that these kinds of cases normally result from a communication breakdown. She said parents are typically only prosecuted when they fail to engage with the medical care entirely and the child dies as a result.

Scientists identify DNA glaucoma link

South China Morning Post 1st September 2014

Scientists say they have identified six genetic variants linked to glaucoma, a discovery that should help earlier diagnosis and better treatment for the often-debilitating eye disease. Professor Chris Hammond, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'Although eyedrops already are available to treat glaucoma, these are not always effective.'

Ordinary Muslims Part 1: There Is No Islam In ISIS

Huffington Post (Canada) 1st September 2014

Recent news that several young Canadian men, including two Calgary brothers, died fighting for ISIS has shocked Canada's Muslim community. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is quoted.

Study on radicalisation

Sky News 31st August 2014

The show focuses on the issue of how to deal with radicals returning to the UK. Adam Ramsay, a Scottish Independence campaigner, mentions studies by King's which are monitoring the activity of British militants in Iraq and Syria.

Relative value: Designers of education

Mumbai Mirror 31st August 2014

Article on Indian family the Shahanis, who, 'plan to repackage Indian curricula for the new world.' Indu Shahani is head of HR College of Commerce and Economics. Article mentions that her son, Siddharth Shahani, introduced King's Summer School programme at HR in 2012.

If Scotland Breaks Free, Queen Elizabeth Could Speak for Two Countries at Once

Newsweek (US) 31st August 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute for Contemporary British History, is quoted on Scotland's vote for Independence: 'If the Scots want to be independent, it’s really a matter of identity—of whether they feel they don’t belong, as the Irish decided,' he said.

FT weekend interview series

Financial Times 30th August 2014

On 9 September 2014, historian Dr Yuval Noah Harari will attend an event at King's to discuss his book 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind'. He will be interviewed by John Thornhill, deputy editor of the Financial Times, on our evolutionary roots to the age of capitalism and genetic engineering.

How the arts enhance sport

Independent 30th August 2014

Following the Cultural Olympiad in 2012, it is possible other events may look to receive a boost from being linked to arts and culture. According to a King's study, 54 per cent of people believe that cultural events can enhance sporting ones. Deborah Bull, Cultural Institute, discussed the body being set up by King's to ensure a lasting legacy for cultural programmes. She said: 'This is the first time attitudes to culture have been tracked on an ongoing basis.'

Tackling extremism

BBC 1, Breakfast 30th August 2014

The Prime Minister has proposed new measures to combat extremism after the Government raised the UK's threat level to severe. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, discussed David Cameron's measures. She said: 'In terms of increasing the control orders, I believe that they are trying to control movements within the country and also to prevent people from leaving the country if they are under suspicion for holding extremist views.'

Russian sanctions

BBC Radio 5 Live 30th August 2014

Following accusations that Russian troops are fighting inside Ukraine, EU leaders are to meet in Brussels to consider new sanctions against Putin. Dr Rob Thornton, Defence Studies, commented on John Lockland's different take on the situation in Ukraine, stating that it was refreshing that the show spoke to somebody who wasn't an apologist for Kiev and NATO.

Islamic State's media-savvy militants spread message with ease

LA Times (US) 30th August 2014

Article on the use of social media technology by media literate militants in Syria and Iraq. A year-long study of the social media profiles of 190 Western foreign fighters was undertaken by ICSR.

Brilliant women who explain things to me

Atlantic Monthly (US) 30th August 2014

Profile of Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard, notes that she obtained a PhD from King's.

Harsh V Pant: The Modi-Abe Connection

Business Standard (India) 30th August 2014

Article on relations between India and Japan's leaders by Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies: 'After disappointing the Japanese by cancelling his earlier scheduled trip to their country in early July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving no stone unturned in making sure his visit to Japan is viewed as a success,' he said.

Bin Laden's final triumph

New Statesman 29th August 2014

Article by Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, discusses how Osama Bin Laden's ambition has finally been realised with the announcement of a caliphate straddling parts of Iraq and Syria. His argument had always been to weaken the West's involvement in the Middle East to bring about the emergence of a new Islamic state. Commenting on Bin Laden's vision, Mr Maher wrote: 'His main thesis on the failure of the Islamist project was that Western interference in the Middle East prevented the rise of Islamic governments.'

Any questions

BBC Radio 4 29th August 2014

A panel responds to the question as to whether the UK is a deeply elitist country, as claimed by a report released by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. Professor Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, discussed the issue of widening participation in the university sector. He said: 'Over the whole sector, British universities pay £1 billion in what we call outreach activities.'

Uber has brought Washingtonians the transport they dreamt of

Financial Times 29th August 2014

Professor Michael Singer, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the effect that the mobile app, Uber, is having on Washington taxi drivers. He wrote: 'Uber has dramatically changed the situation. Washingtonians now enjoy the kind of reasonable, civilised transport that residents of European cities have long taken for granted.'

Battery On Ashya King's Feeding System Likely To Have Expired

Huffington Post UK 29th August 2014

According to police, the battery on the feeding system on a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without consent is thought to have expired. Professor Penney Lewis, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was interviewed on the legal issues and ethics surrounding whether an offence had been committed by Ashya King's parents. She said: 'There has never been a case where parents have done something like this and they have been prosecuted.'

It's Been A Great Year For Student Feminist Societies: Here's What They Achieved

Huffington Post UK 29th August 2014

Opinion piece on how the past year has seen the feminist movement witness a revitalisation, thanks to campaigns led by UK students, and with the new academic year approaching, feminist societies across the country are hoping to maintain the momentum. What has been highlighted in the past is the need for feminism to include all women from all backgrounds, and the article mentions the intersectional society at King's that strives to be more inclusive.

Stephen Hawking and Cambridge v-c take on ice bucket challenge

Times Higher Education 29th August 2014

To raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease, academics across the world are taking part in the the ice bucket challenge. The Motor Neurone Disease Association posted a YouTube video of Stephen Hawking, who has suffered from ALS since the age of 21, taking part in the challenge. On Friday, 40 researchers at the University of Sheffield undertook the challenge and have nominated staff at King’s College London.

Inside the mind of a western jihadist

Wall Street Journal (US) 29th August 2014

Feature profile of Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation: 'On 9/11, Shiraz Maher thought to himself: "Yeah, you Americans deserve this. For meddling in the Arab world. For supporting Israel. You shall reap what you sow, and this is what you've sown for a long time." Within days the college student would quit alcohol, dump his girlfriend and join Hizbut Tahrir, a radical Islamist group he describes as the "political wing of the global jihad movement." He quickly climbed the ranks before eventually leaving the U.K. Islamist movement and rededicating his life to countering it.

The Europe of Jihad

Istoe (Brazil) 29th August 2014

Feature article discussing how the growing acceptance of young foreign terrorist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq illuminates an alert in the West. The article mentions research from ICSR which found that the prison system is a common passage in the life of Europeans who join the jihad.

Are you tempted at the checkout walk of shame?

Guardian 28th August 2014

With Aldi announcing plans to ban sweets and chocolates from its tills, the Guardian investigated the amount of treats other supermarkets have on offer at their checkouts. The article mentions Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, who refers to the aisles as 'the walk of shame'.

Mental health stigma hasn't gone away

Guardian 28th August 2014

Article mentions research by the Institute of Psychiatry which suggests that mental health stigma has a real impact on help-seeking behaviour.

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Bullying at school 'damages future career prospects'

Daily Telegraph 28th August 2014

Professor Louise Arseneault, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on the link between being bullied at school and poor career prospects. She says:

London pollution

BBC Radio 4 28th August 2014

The report focuses on London's air pollution levels and how the inhalation of pollutants mostly made of carbon pose considerable health risks. It mentions findings by King's that found that London had some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide in the world.

Sunny Delight

BBC, The One Show 28th August 2014

Sunny Delight entered the market at a time when the government was beginning to advise the public on the importance of fruit and vegetables. By 1999, Sunny Delight had become the third biggest selling soft drink in the UK. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on Sunny Delight's nutritional content. He said: 'It had a claim for Vitamin A in, but that was Beta Carotene, and we don't get Vitamin A deficiency in this country.'

Brian Cox: universities need to play a bigger role in society

Telegraph 28th August 2014

Brian Cox has taken on the challenge of persuading young people to pursue a degree in STEM-related subjects, giving his backing to a science summer school initiative. Established three years ago, the summer school, run by the St Paul’s Way Trust School, has grown from single school participation to over 30 schools taking part. Sponsors of the Science Summer School include entrepreneur Lord Andrew Mawson, Tesco and the Canary Wharf Group, as well as universities including King's.

The paintings of Beryl Bainbridge, Somerset House

Huffington Post UK 28th August 2014

Review of the Cultural Institute's exhibition at King's which looks at Beryl Bainbridge's painting and drawing, including the canvas Aaron and Jonjo, mid 1960s, and The Bath, late 1950s. The journalist commented: 'The variety of works that have been collated together is impressive - from a number of etchings and drawings of her children and partners, to large oil paintings that blur fact and fiction - and show Beryl's talent as an artist.'

The paintings of Beryl Bainbridge, Somerset House

Huffington Post (US) 28th August 2014

Article on the new Beryl Bainbridge exhibition at the Cultural Institute at King's. The article states that the exhibition, 'offers a fascinating insight into a creative mind. Well known for her writing, this exhibition looks at Beryl Bainbridge's painting and drawing in the context of her writing output, and how each fed the other.'

Scientists sniffing out the Western allergy epidemic

BBC News 27th August 2014

Earlier generations never suffered from as many allergies as we do today, with one in three people nowadays being allergic to something. Findings have shown that one of the greatest threats to allergy-protecting bacteria comes from antibiotics which, although they are meant to protect us, often can drastically reduce the harmless friendly bacteria. The article references new research from King's and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, which has found that the use of antibiotics in early life may increase the risk of developing eczema by 40 per cent.

Emerging Hanoi-Delhi Axis

New Indian Express (India) 27th August 2014

The article by Dr Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies, discusses the visit of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to Vietnam this week to boost bilateral ties between India and Vietnam. Commenting on the Arc of Advantage and Prosperity in Southeast Asia agreement in 2003, Dr Pant said: 'Both sides realise that a stronger bilateral relationship starts with economic ties.'

Education, Research Program Boosts Struggling Mental Health Sector

Voice of America (Zimbabwe) 27th August 2014

A psychiatry education and research program in Zimbabwe involving the Institute of Psychiatry has boosted the number of psychiatrists in the country, ensuring improved mental health services. Dr Melanie Abas, IoP, says that “Child’s mental health is very under recognized as an area of need, as a lot of children’s mental health needs are hidden because children don’t tend to complain, they sit quietly”

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India Knight faces up to the ex factor

Evening Standard 27th August 2014

For King's' The Joy of Influence, an event that will see five journalists being interviewed by an interviewer of their choosing on the novel that changed their lives, India Knight has chosen to discuss Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love. She will be interviewed by the novelist Andrew O'Hagan on Friday 3 October.

In wake of James Foley's murder, does Britain have a jihadi problem?

CNN 27th August 2014

Joseph Carter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on how ISIS' British recruits are being tracked. Discussing how ICSR are monitoring 450 alleged militants online, he said: 'Before, in a conflict, you would have to have intelligence you gleaned on the ground, and now you can see that stuff on Twitter.'

Innovation happens because you stimulate flow inside company: Paul Stein

Economic Times (Bangladesh) 27th August 2014

Engineering graduate from King's, entrepreneur Paul Stein shared his valuable lessons for start-ups. He said: 'Innovation does not happen by accident. It happens because you stimulate the flow of innovation inside the company.'

The G-spot may not exist, but the 'CUV complex' could be the key to sexual pleasure, experts say

Huffington Post UK 27th August 2014

Published in the journal Nature Reviews Urology, a new study has suggested that a woman's G-spot may not even exist. The article mentions findings by King's in 2010 which supports this new research, also showing that there is no evidence to suggest that there is an anatomical site for the erogenous zone.

Reading at a young age increases intelligence

Estado de Minas (Brazil) 27th August 2014

A study carried out by King's College London and Edinburgh University using twins found that reading well at a young age boosts intelligence later in life. In Brazil, the Ministry of Education has stipulated that children should be literate from the age of eight, but they do not specify at what age the process of learning to read should start.

Ebola nurse defied bosses to go back and help the dying

Times 26th August 2014

A British nurse who contracted the ebola virus whilst working in Sierra Leone had asked his bosses to allow him to work at the Kenema government hospital at the centre of the outbreak. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is a friend of the nurse and described him as a person prepared to take the risk of catching ebola for the sake of his patients and colleagues. Also reported by Daily Mirror.

Boris Johnson's proposal for British fighters in Syria and Iraq is dangerous and counterproductive

Independent 26th August 2014

Co-authored by Shiraz Maher and Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, the article discusses Boris Johnson's comment that all the British fighters in Syria should be presumed guilty unless proven innocent. Commenting on British fighters overseas, they wrote: 'Their motivations for travelling to Syria are diverse, and it is wrong to think of them as a homogenous group. Some of them will pose a significant national security threat, and some will turn to international terrorism. For them, there must be a strong punitive approach, involving arrest and prosecution.'

A Fresher's Guide To King's College London

Huffington Post UK 26th August 2014

In anticipation of the new arrival of freshers to King's, Huffington Post has compiled a guide to the different campuses, with tips on where to go, how to stay safe and which societies to join. In it's segment on the Strand campus, the guide mentions the Waterfront bar, with its great views over the River Thames.

Shakespeare could have been depressed when he wrote Timon of Athens, Simon Russell Beale says

Daily Telegraph 25th August 2014

According to actor Simon Russell Beale, Shakespeare could have been depressed at the time he wrote King Lear and Timon of Athens, given that both plays are so dark they must have been written during a difficult period in the playwright's life. Professor Sonia Massai, English, commented on Russell Beale's suggestion. She said: 'It would be foolish to assume that there is no connection between biography and art. It's not wise to think of Shakespeare as someone who would write in a kind of disembodied sort of fashion, as if he didn't belong to a place and a time and a family group and friends and fellow actors, and would be unaffected by what happened around him.'

Government is the acceptable face of violence

Times 25th August 2014

Opinion piece on how the threat of force is fundamental in law and order but the realities of the situation in Missouri is shocking for a modern state. The author references a new book by Professor David Skarbek, Political Economy, titled 'The Social Order of the Underworld,' which documents how the expansion of the American prison population in the 1970s led to the breakdown of the simple 'convict code.'

London jihadi call vies with banks in Canary Wharf shadow

Bloomberg News 25th August 2014

The execution of American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent has led to a debate in the U.K. as to why so many extremists leave Britain for the Middle East. Alexander Hitchens, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the impact of social media as a factor drawing the younger generation to Iraq and Syria. He said: 'The social media element has helped seduce young men to the conflict. That and the face-to-face group interaction - you find groups of guys going together.'

No peace farther East: The Indo-Pak road to nowhere

Foreign Policy 25th August 2014

Dr Harsh V. Pant commented on Nawaz Sharif’s visit to New Delhi for the inauguration of the Narendra Modi government in May. He wrote: 'The surprise invitation to Sharif had led some to hope that perhaps it would indeed be a new beginning in India-Pakistan relations. But that was not to be.'

Landing on their feet

Sunday Times Culture 24th August 2014

John Carey reviews 'National Service: Conscription in Britain 1945-1963' by Professor Richard Vinen, History. He commented: 'Even readers with personal memories of national service will learn a lot from this explanatory book.'

UK scientists launch hunt for 'anorexia gene': Plea for 1,000 volunteers to help prove health victims are born with deadly condition

Mail on Sunday 24th August 2014

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry have joined forces with experts from around the world in a bid to prove that sufferers of anorexia are born with the illness. The target is to analyse the DNA of 25,000 anorexia victims worldwide, including 1000 volunteers from Britain. Dr Gerome Breen and Professor Janet Treasure (IoP) were interviewed on BBC Radio London 94.9.

China blocks Beijing Independent Film Festival from opening

Outlook (India) 24th August 2014

Chinese authorities have blocked an annual independent film festival from opening, forbidding it from going ahead. Professor Chris Berry, Film Studies, said: 'It's very clear that the (President) Xi Jinping regime is determined to control the ideological realm, which has not been emphasized so much for a long time.'

British jihadists: How Britain became the Yemen of the West

Telegraph 23rd August 2014

Following the beheading of an American journalist by a militant with a British accent, the article looks at the key reasons behind how a disproportionate number of fighters in Iraq and Syria are British. According to Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, 'in many respects preachers and mosques no longer matter', because social media is seducing potential Isil recruits far more effectively.

Scoring victory on the Somme

Daily Mail 22nd August 2014

Football temporarily united British and German troops on the Western Front during World War I, when on Christmas Day, a ceasefire was called between the two sides. The article references a former King's student, Leigh Richmond Roose, who was a famous footballer at the time, known as the 'Prince of Goalkeepers.'

Crisis in Iraq

BBC Radio 5 Live 22nd August 2014

The United States says the Islamic State is the most dangerous threat that America has faced in recent years. Professor John Gearson, War Studies, commented on the issue of British extremists joining the Islamic State militants. He said: 'There are challenges because the government is not the best organisation to tell Muslims how they should feel about, what is to many people on the outside, complicated sectarian conflicts.'

U.S aid workers recover from Ebola

BBC Radio 5 Live 22nd August 2014

Two U.S. aid workers diagnosed with Ebola have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery, following being treated with an experimental drug. Dr Annette Rid, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented on the ethics behind the drug used. She said: 'It was ethically acceptable to give them this drug, given that it is a life threatening disease with a high mortality rate and there are no specific treatments, no preventive measures so it's justified to assume higher risks with the patients.' Also reported by BBC Radio Scotland.

NATO needs strong policy against cyber threats

Boston Globe 22nd August 2014

It has been argued that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization needs to tackle the issue of cyber conflict by formulating a clearly defined policy. Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, commented that cyber deterrence 'needs to be practiced, not just announced.'

The interview: Professor William Philpott

France 24 22nd August 2014

Author of 'War of Attrition: Fighting the First World War, Professor William Philpott, War Studies, was interviewed on the legacy of the Great War. Commenting on how the methods of warfare differed from previous conflicts, he said: 'Essentially there were far too many men and in far too smaller space for manoeuvre. They didn't have the technologies that allowed the rapid warfare that we associate with the twentieth century.'

Islamic State terrorism

Sky News 22nd August 2014

By establishing an Islamic caliphate, the Islamic State wants to do away with the modern Arab state set up by European diplomats. Dr John Bew, War Studies, commented on the West's response to the crisis. He said: 'You can make the case that there has been a strategic drift in the sense that we are responding to crises on the ground, without having a coherent grand strategy for both Iraq and Syria.'

The 13-year-old Belgian boy fighting in Syria

Daily Telegraph 22nd August 2014

Believed to be one of the youngest of the Islamic State's foreign fighters, a teenager from Belgium is reported to have travelled to Syria with his older brother earlier this year. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has reported that the boy was only 13 when he left to join the forces waging jihad in Syria. Also reported by Daily Mirror.

Social media should be used to find James Foley's killer

Telegraph 22nd August 2014

According to Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, the authorities should be able to track down the IS militant who murdered American journalist James Foley using social media, given that 80-90 per cent of foreign fighters from Western countries are present on online channels. He said: 'They are young people of a certain generation. It's completely normal for them to have a Twitter account or a Facebook account. A lot of them do want to show off about the fact that they are in Iraq.'

Demanding, low-control jobs linked to type 2 diabetes

Reuters 22nd August 2014

In a new German study, researchers have found that people with high-stress, low-control jobs were over 60 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than unstressed workers. Loretta Platts, a King's researcher, commented on the study's findings. She said: 'The investigators could only measure work stress at one time-point, and it is likely to be the cumulative impact of work stress over individuals’ whole working lives which may affect their chances of developing type 2 diabetes, not necessarily stress happening at any specific time-point.'

Can Qatar, Saudi Arabia ease tensions at Gulf Cooperation Council?

CNN 22nd August 2014

Article by Dr David B. Roberts, Defence Studies, on the grave diplomatic crisis that the Gulf Cooperation Council has ever faced. Dr Roberts is quoted saying: 'The root of the current problem? Qatar simply will not do as it's told by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who have spent months trying to force the energy-rich nation to fundamentally alter its foreign policy. Bahrain, the UAE and the Saudis withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar in March, and have kept up the pressure ever since.'

Ambition of emerging powers

BBC Radio 4, Today 21st August 2014

China may be gaining ground on the U.S. when it comes to cultural domination, with Asian powers emerging and projecting themselves globally. Professor Chris Berry, Film Studies, comments on China's initiatives to export its pop culture. He said: 'The Chinese government is certainly very aware of the success that South Korea has had and it would like to see greater achievements within its own creative industries.'

Fat's all, folks

Channel 4 News 21st August 2014

The common view that fats are bad for us is beginning to come under scrutiny. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, discusses the debate surrounding a high fat diet. He said: 'You still have to control your total fat intake because body fat effectively is dietary fat.'

Experts warn of trauma after watching Foley death video

BBC News 21st August 2014

Commenting on the psychological impact of viewing the video of the beheading of James Toley, Professor Neil Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry, says the key issue is whether you choose to view the images or whether they are forced upon you.

Two Americans who had been infected with Ebola leave Atlanta hospital

Telegraph 21st August 2014

According to doctors, the two American missionaries who contracted the Ebola virus while working in Liberia have recovered and have been released from an Atlanta hospital. Dr Annette Rid, Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, and Professor Ezekiel Emanuel, the University of Pennsylvania, co-authored a paper in the Lancet, calling for experimental drugs to not be limited to wealthy or 'well-connected' patients.

The big questions answered

Independent 21st August 2014

Professor Paul Joyce, Head of Theology & Religious Studies, commented on the unique qualities of religious studies graduates. He said they are 'intellectually richer and more reflective people.'

Beheading of American journalist

BBC Radio 4, Today 20th August 2014

James Foley, an American journalist, appeared in a video posted on the web kneeling down on the ground before being beheaded by a fighter with a British accent, who declared himself to be from the Islamic State. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the involvement of British fighters and their radicalisation. He said: 'Unfortunately, the British participation in the conflicts now raging in Syria and Iraq has been one of full participation, one that has seen them on the front lines, taking part in the conflict in every way. We have seen British fighters out there operating as suicide bombers, as executioners. Unfortunately they are amongst some of the most vicious and vociferous fighters out there.' Also reported by BBC News, Times, Daily Mail, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio 2.

Stroke patients are more likely to die if fewer nurses at weekends

Daily Telegraph 20th August 2014

According to a research study of NHS hospitals, stroke patients are 35 per cent more likely to die on wards with fewer nurses on duty at weekends. Dr Benjamin Bray, Health & Social Care Research, commented on the study which showed a strong link between patient deaths and nursing ratios. He said: 'Weekend nursing ratios were strongly associated with mortality outcomes, not only for patients admitted on a weekend but also for those admitted on a weekday.' Also reported by Times, Nursing Times, BBC and Press Association.

Don't paint your daughter's room pink (like I did)

Times 20th August 2014

Opinion piece on marketers wanting parents to buy into 'girly' colours and toys. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, studied the learning potential and social messages of toys. She said: 'I worry the toys children are given in early years are already helping shape their futures.'

British jihadists in Iraq

BBC World News 20th August 2014

International leaders have expressed their horror at the beheading of an American journalist by a British fighter for the Islamic State militants. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on the radicalisation of British jihadists. He said: 'We believe between four and five hundred Brits have gone to Syria over the past three years. Of course there is a concern that they are doing bad things inside of Syria and Iraq but that also, if and when they return, they may subsequently become involved in terrorism.'

'Third option' Marina Silva is still unknown, say analysts

BBC Brasil 20th August 2014

A candidate with progressive social policies and plans for orthodox economic measures, Marina Silva entered into the running for the Brazilian presidential election on Wednesday, up against Dilma Rousseff and Aécio Neves. Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, commented on Marina being classed as the third option, stating that this implies she represents a compromise between social democracy and neoliberalism.

Can the Islamic State be defeated without the West ramping up military intervention?

City A.M. 19th August 2014

Opinion piece by Professor Michael Kerr, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, arguing that the Islamic State can be contained without the intervention of Western troops. Commenting on the political vacuum created following the West's withdrawal from Iraq, he said: 'In the absence of a military guarantor to the Middle East state system, the West must forge a holistic strategy to fill this vacuum and create a new balance of power.'

All hail the new GCSEs

Guardian 19th August 2014

Following the latest reform of qualifications, Professor Alison Wolf, Management, argues that this week's GCSE results will be a lot more valuable. The students receiving their results this year are the first to have been affected by the coalition's exam reforms. Professor Wolf said: 'This year's exam reforms and emphasis on maths and English in the sixth form takes us significantly closer to other countries. We need to stay there.'

Hitting the 100 without being a total crock

Sun 19th August 2014

According to a new report, hospitals are being put under increasing pressure as a record number of people are living to 100 or more. It is predicted that the NHS and care homes will struggle to cope as the population soars. A study by King's has estimated that the number of people living to see their 100th birthday will increase to half a million by 2066.

The intelligence test for your four-year-old? It’s child’s play

The Times 19th August 2014

A four-year-old’s ability to draw a picture of a child can predict intelligence ten years later, a new study suggests. Rosalind Arden, Institute of Psychiatry, said: “The draw-a-child test was devised in the 1920s to assess children’s intelligence, so the fact that the test correlated with intelligence at age four was expected. What surprised us was that it correlated with intelligence a decade later." She adds: "Our findings are interesting, but it does not mean that parents should worry if their child draws badly." Also reported in the Daily Mail, The Independent, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Press Association, BBC News online. Dr Arden was interviewed by BBC 5 Live, Sky News and BBC World Service. The story was reported internationally by Huffington Post (US), Time magazine (US), FOX News (US), Washington Post (US), O Globo (Brazil) and Xinhua (China).

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Missouri protests

BBC News 19th August 2014

In the U.S state of Missouri, what began as peaceful protests have soon turned violent with police reporting that criminals have become involved. Dr Harvey G Cohen, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, comments on the grievance that sparked the situation in Ferguson. He said: 'The mayor and all the city council, almost none of them are black and the police force are 94 per cent white - you can understand how these people are feeling that they're not being heard at all. There's not really any representation for them.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC Radio 4 19th August 2014

More than 2200 people in West Africa have become infected by the Ebola outbreak. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, describes the situation in Sierra Leone. He said: 'There was an initial moment where there were a cluster of cases in the far east of the country where I hoped we could have contained it in that district, but it's in the last month really that it's then gone out to other areas.'

'Should I take my partner and can you get iPlayer?'

Evening Standard 19th August 2014

Before launching her website on students studying abroad, Lizzie Fane hadn't anticipated they would be so concerned with how to watch British television abroad and with whether to keep a relationship going. Ms Fane launched the website with experts, including those from King's, on call to answer questions regarding funding and language learning, but who instead have ended up responding to less urgent enquiries.

Indo-Pak relations and the journey to Neverland

Business Standard (India) 19th August 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, writes an opinion piece arguing that statecraft not emotion should govern Indo-Pak relations. 'The decision to call off the foreign secretary talks is an apt moment for Delhi to scrutinise recent history and re-craft a Pakistan policy that is both realistic and modest in its ambitions,' he said.

Independent Scotland could lose royal family

Times 18th August 2014

According to constitutional experts, Scottish independence could lead to Scotland becoming a republic and losing the royal family, despite the Scottish National Party saying it wants the Queen as head of state. Professor Robert Blackburn, Law, commented on the complications that could follow independence. He said: 'Politically, the Queen could find herself in difficulties if she received contradictory advice on her royal duties or public utterances on matters of common interest, particularly in foreign or diplomatic matters, where the British and Scottish governments might happen to be at loggerheads.' Also reported by Daily Mail.

The Machine That Tried To Scan The Brain — In 1882

NPR 18th August 2014

Stefano Sandrone, Institute of Psychiatry, is the lead scientist who uncovered manuscripts from Mosso, a scientists in the 1880s attempting to weigh thoughts. "It sounds like a romantic story, like a dream came true: trying to weight the thoughts," he says.

Scotland prepares to vote on independence from the UK

Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil) 18th August 2014

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, is quoted in a feature on the upcoming Scottish Referendum, arguing that if independence is voted for, it will send a hard message to London: 'The government will have to talk with two million people who want to stop being part of the UK,' he said.

Genes point to immune role in Alzheimer's disease

ABC News 18th August 2014

A team of researchers has identified several genes where DNA methylation was much more common in individuals who had Alzheimer's disease, and in the regions of the brain specifically affected by the disease. Professor Jon Mill, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "This is really the first step in probably a long pathway of trying to work out what's going on."

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Dina Asher-Smith Reaches 200m Final On Morning Of A-Level Results

Huffington Post UK 17th August 2014

British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith was vying for a place in the 200m finals after finding out her A Level results the morning of the race. Commenting on securing her place to study History at King's, she said: 'I was probably more nervous for my exams results than the heats to be fair. I was absolutely petrified of not getting into university but I got in.' Also reported by Evening Standard London, Daily Telegraph Sport, Sun and Daily Mail.

As Scotland votes, the Welsh dragon is waking

Sunday Times 17th August 2014

Article by Professor Kenneth O. Morgan, Institute of Contemporary British History, on next month’s vote on Scottish independence. He said: 'It has serious implications for every aspect of British government. It affects Northern Ireland, maybe the English regions. And it has big consequences for the other devolved nation in these islands, Wales. Whether Scotland votes yes or no, the relationship between Wales and the remainder of the United Kingdom may never be the same again.'

The machine that tried to scan the brain - in 1882

NPR (US) 17th August 2014

Stefano Sandrone, Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences, is quoted in an item on 19th century physiologist Angelo Mosso.

Hundreds use clearing to grab top university places

Times 16th August 2014

Hundreds of students have secured their places at top universities through the process of clearing. The article refers to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, in which King's College is ranked 59th. Also reported by Independent.

Inge Trott obituary

Guardian 16th August 2014

Former King's laboratory assistant, Inge Trott, has died at the age 94. During her time at the College, she worked alongside Professor Maurice Wilkins, future Nobel Prize winner, and met her husband, Nigel Trott, a nuclear physicist.

Car crash television at its worst: How star of Channel 4's Child Genius was reduced to tears in front of millions - while his parents are critical of its makers

Daily Mail 16th August 2014

After a chance to reach the final was ripped away from him, 12-year-old maths prodigy Rubaiyat Rahman, couldn't help but cry on national television and refused to face reliving the trauma he endured. His father, Dr Miraz Rahman, Pharmaceutical Science, said: ‘I don’t know inside whether I would do it again. They could have left out his tears.’

Bipolar disorder packs a very mean punchline

The Times 16th August 2014

Professor Tony Cleare, Institute of Psychiatry, agrees that there is convincing evidence for a link between bipolar disorder and creativity. “This suggests some basic temperamental difference that both puts you at risk of bipolar and [makes you] more likely to be creative.”

Analysis reveals mental health trust funding cuts

Health Services Journal 16th August 2014

Professor Paul McCrone, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on cuts to mental health services. He said the data collected by the HSJ presented "a very worrying state of affairs"

Indian Institute of Science among top 500 universities in world ranking

Economic Times (India) 16th August 2014

Article looking at a Chinese league table of the world's best 500 educational institutions, notes that King's is in the 101-150 category. Also reported in India by Deccan Herald, NDTV, New Indian Express, Outlook, Times of India, India Today.

Opportunity in the Southeast

New Indian Express 16th August 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India's relations with its south-eastern neighbours following the 12th India-ASEAN Meeting: 'New Delhi needs to assure the regional states of its reliability not only as an economic and political partner but also as a security provider. As the regional balance of power changes and as the very coherence of the ASEAN comes into question, there will be new demands on India. While the past 20 years in India-ASEAN ties have been productive, the next 20 years are bound to be more challenging. India will have to think more creatively to enhance bilateral and multilateral ties in this rapidly evolving regional context,' he said.

European Athletics Championships 2014: Dina Asher-Smith makes the grade on and off track

Independent 15th August 2014

Describing yesterday as the greatest day of her life, sprinter Dina Asher-Smith not only broke the British 200m junior record at the European Athletic Championships 2014, but also achieved the necessary A Level grades to secure her place at King's College London to read History. She had needed three As to guarantee a spot at her first-choice university, and found out the news from her mother, prior to competing in the semi-final. Commenting on her two achievements, she said: 'Without a shadow of a doubt, a junior record, I got into King’s, I made the final, I just really couldn’t have asked for much more out of this day.' Also reported by Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Times, Daily Express, Guardian, BBC, BBC Radio 5 Live.

Man was already culturally diverse before he left Africa: Differences in stone tools hint at a variety of traditions

Daily Mail 15th August 2014

According to research carried out by King's College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Bordeaux, early modern humans had already developed distinct cultural traditions before they left North Africa. The study involved taking over 300,000 measurements of stone tools from 17 archaeological sites across North Africa, These tools, all of which were made in different ways, point to a diversity of cultural traditions and characteristics.

Islamic State caliphate

BBC Radio 4 15th August 2014

For some, the caliphate is a political leadership, for others, a spiritual figurehead. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'If someone comes along and wants to click their fingers and say, I can transform all of this overnight, that's a seductive thing.'

Reporting financial crisis - what the media did right... and wrong

Guardian 15th August 2014

There will be a new book published next month concerning the impact that the media had on the financial crisis. The editors are Richard Roberts, History, and Steve Schifferes, professor of financial journalism at City University London. They argue that the media has been central in shaping our response to the financial crisis and by examining performance in comparative and historical perspectives, it can help to ensure improved reporting on the next occasion.

Law and nursing among most popular Clearing subjects

The Telegraph 15th August 2014

According to UCAS, the five most-searched for subjects on Results Day were law, psychology, economics, nursing and business studies. One of the most sought after universities in Clearing was King’s College London.

A Level results day

Sky News, Sunrise 14th August 2014

Today hundreds of thousands of students find out their A Level results and discover whether they have achieved the grades for their preferred university. A pupil was featured on the programme who hoped to get three As in order to secure their place at King's. Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

Particle question

BBC Radio 4, Inside Health 14th August 2014

Dr Malcolm Fairbairn, Physics, explains what a neutrino is and how they are able to penetrate matter. He said: 'They are particles that are charged but not with normal charge, only with weak charge, and the weak force doesn't travel a long distance, and that's why they can find the gaps in matter.'

Defeated at Mount Sinjar but still defiant: Islamic State continues advance towards Baghdad by massing militia at town just 70 miles north despite U.S. airstrikes

Daily Mail 14th August 2014

Seeking to hold more territory closer to Baghdad, Jihadist forces have pushed through to the town of Erbil, 70 miles north of the capital. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on the Islamic militants' latest movements. He said: 'IS is coming under pressure and they need to show results to fuel their media machine. They certainly want to take over Kurdistan. But that is more wishful thinking than reality. The West will not allow Kurdistan to fall.'

My super internship: a student's summer at NASA

Evening Standard 14th August 2014

A former King's student, Cosima Gretton, was handpicked by Google to join a team of interns on a ten-week programme in a NASA hothouse.

Two-thirds of Britons with depression get no treatment

The Guardian 14th August 2014

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, and President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, says that less than a third of people with common mental health problems get any treatment at all – a situation the nation would not tolerate if they had cancer. Also reported in the Daily Mail.

Online open days

The Guardian 14th August 2014

Maria Suessmilch, who will be starting an MSc in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry in September talks about the success of the virtual open days.

Ukraine in crisis

CNBC (Europe) 14th August 2014

Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will do everything in its power to prevent further bloodshed in eastern Ukraine. Dr Samuel Greene, Russia Institute, discussed Russia's motivations. He said: 'They needed to put Ukraine in a bit of different light and show that they could do something that looked at least constructive and I think that's fundamentally what this aid convoy is about.' Also reported by Bloomberg, Countdown.

Tobacco use accounts for 40 per cent of all cancers in India, says report

Hindu 14th August 2014

Each year almost one million new cancer cases are diagnosed in India, with the most common cancers being lung and oral cavity in men, and breast and cervix in women. Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, said: 'Almost three of five cancer deaths in India are associated with tobacco or infectious diseases.'

Take a peek at medical history

Huffington Post (US) 14th August 2014

The Wellcome Library recently announced that it is in the process of digitizing 15 million pages of books and pamphlets from 19th-century medical books. Along with the Wellcome Library and digital services company Jisc, libraries from nine other institutions are also contributing their collections to partner in the digitalisation effort, including King's College London.

Anorexia: UK scientists research DNA link

BBC News 13th August 2014

Dr Gursharan Kalsi, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about a new project to collect 25,000 DNA samples from people with anorexia to understand the genetic links to the disorder. Also reported by BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC World News and BBC News Channel.

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Cloning of pets a 'rip-off' that ends in animal distress

Times 13th August 2014

As the first cloned pet arrives in Britain this week, dog owners have been cautioned by scientists against replicating their own animals. Dogs have previously only been cloned for scientific purposes, and little is known about the abnormalities that pets could develop later in life. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, commented on the process. He said: 'We cannot clone personality which is what people are paying for. It's exploitation of people who love their pets.'

Use of social media for Islamic recruitment

BBC Radio 5 Live 13th August 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on how British jihadists use social media sites to recruit teenagers in the UK to fight with the Islamist militants. He said: 'We have followed the trajectory of people who, on their Facebook websites, talk about going to Syria and are interested in going to Syria.' Also reported by BBC London 94.9 and Daily Mail.

Depression in South Asian communities

BBC Asian Network 13th August 2014

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses the stigma of depression in South Asian communities, and how this affects help-seeking.

New surgical trial offers fresh hope for breast cancer sufferers

Evening Standard 13th August 2014

A woman from London took part in a new clinical trial that could revolutionise cancer surgery. The new procedure, trialled by Guy's and St Thomas NHS and King’s College London, involves surgeons using imaging technology to detect within minutes whether a tumour has been removed in full. The technology could also be used for lung and prostate cancers.

Iraq and the consequences of turning non-intervention into a principle

Guardian 13th August 2014

Dr Rod Thornton, Defence Studies, discussed the issues associated with arming different groups of Kurds, commenting that they need protecting, not arming. He said: 'So, we are arming the peshmerga of the Kurds of northern Iraq? But which peshmerga? The peshmerga of which political party, of which sectarian division, which linguistic group are we arming? And are we making sure we give arms to all the different peshmerga, in order to keep the balance that has kept the peace between all these rival peshmerga since their civil war of the 90s?'

Heading for Armageddon? Islamic State advances in Syria

Channel 4 News 13th August 2014

According to the Islamic State Twitter account, jihadists have advanced closed to the Turkish border, close to a town associated with the countdown to Armageddon. Accounts that have been verified reported that the forces had taken the towns of Akhtarin, Al-Masoudiya and Turkmen Barah. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'You generate large revenue if you control the border crossing. Goods come through and the people bringing them through have to grease the palms of certain people. If you are at the border you can also direct those goods into your own areas.' Also reported by BBC World Service Radio.

'The dawn of a new era has begun': ISIS supporters hand out leaflets in London's Oxford Street encouraging people to move to newly proclaimed Islamic State

Daily Mail 13th August 2014

Scotland Yard has stated that it is investigating whether the ISIS supporters who have been handing out pamphlets on Oxford Street are in breach of terror laws. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented on the power ISIS exerts over local populations in Syria and Iraq. He said: ''ISIS control is very fragile as people only co-operate due to fear not because they want to. Just because they have seized territory from official statutory power, it does not make them a statutory power.'

Qatar shifts foreign policy after supporting revolts

Bloomberg News 13th August 2014

After backing rebels in Libya and Syria and supporting an Islamist government in Egypt, Qatar is now mediating between Israel and Hamas to put an end to the conflict in Gaza. Dr Andreas Krieg, Defence Studies, commented that with the truce between Hamas and Israel extended yesterday, Qatar is using its links to Hamas to be a crucial go-between in talks over a longer term accord.

Has the Iraqi PM outstayed his welcome?

Al Jazeera, Inside Story 13th August 2014

Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al Maliki, resists pressure at home and abroad to step down. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on this chapter in Iraqi political history. He said: 'There are grounds for cautious optimism as there seems to be support right now for removing Maliki and changing the prime minister.'

Scan hope for breast cancer surgery

Press Association 13th August 2014

With the potential to prevent the removal of healthy tissue during breast cancer surgery, surgeons are testing a new scanning technology using new imaging tools that can scan tumours during the operation instead of afterwards. The clinical trials are being conducted by researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London. Professor Arnie Purushotham, Research Oncology, commented on the potential of the new devices. He said: 'It should greatly improve surgical accuracy, which is desperately needed because around a quarter of breast cancer patients who have a lump removed need a second operation to remove cancer cells missed in the first surgery.'

Chilling threat from Islamic State jihadist: You ain't seen nothing yet

Daily Mirror 12th August 2014

As RAF fighter jets were heading for Iraq yesterday, a senior spokesperson for the Islamic State issued a warning to the West that the worst was yet to come. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has been quoted saying that the recent turmoil has increased the Islamic State's chances of taking over Baghdad.

For peace and friendship

Telegraph (India) 12th August 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V. Pant, Defence Studies, discusses how the visit to Nepal by the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, should start the process of rebuilding bridges between to the two countries. He writes: 'India’s outreach to Nepal in recent days has hit all the right notes. It has managed to capture the imagination of Nepalese people and politicians alike.'

Lebanon's fragile democracy survives Islamist State spillover - for now

Conversation 12th August 2014

Article by Professor Michael Kerr, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, discussing the impact of the Islamist State's campaign as it arrives in Lebanese territory. He writes: 'This alarming development, and the incremental disintegration of Iraq and Syria, heighten concerns that Lebanon cannot insulate itself from the conflicts surrounding it.'

Use of untested drugs on Ebola patients

Al Jazeera UK, News 12th August 2014

The World Health Organisation has backed the use of untested drugs on those who have contracted Ebola. Sridhar Venkatapuram, Social Science, Health & Medicine, discussed the ethics of using unlicensed treatments to cure the virus. He said: 'One of the greatest problems in global health right now is the fact that a number of diseases that affect poor people in poor countries do not get enough research and support.'

From one war zone to another: thousands of desperate Yazidis now make brutal trek in 45C heat to Syria in bid to escape ISIS

Daily Mail 12th August 2014

Thousands of people trying to escape from the Islamic State have had to flee from one war zone to another as they approach the Syrian border, but aid has finally started to reach the Yazidis. Dr Andreas Kreig, Defence Studies, commented on the UK's and the U.S.'s involvement in the evacuation. He said: 'This has to do with the Western reluctance to put boots on the ground. An evacuation operation requires a high degree of force protection for the involved units who will have to operate both on ground and in the air close to ground.'

15 million pages of historic medical books to go online

Fox News 12th August 2014

Approximately 15 million medical books from the 19th century are about to go digital. Nine universities and institutions are sending their collections to the London-based Wellcome Library, including King's. Also reported by Huffington Post.

London air pollution: which mode of transport has the highest exposure?

Guardian 12th August 2014

A video showing how Camden council and King's Healthy Air Campaign have been using members of the public to track their exposure to air pollution in London. They all travelled on different routes around the city via different means of transport. The exercise found that the car driver was exposed to the highest levels of pollution and the person on the bus was exposed to more than the cyclist, which shows that sitting inside a vehicle does not lower the chances of exposure.

A crackdown in China sets off alarms at major corporations

New York Times 11th August 2014

The arrival of almost 100 government antitrust investigators into four Microsoft offices in China last month has set off alarm bells in boardrooms around the world. Dr Angela Zhang, Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the Chinese investigations. She said: 'China has a very large bureaucracy, but each agency has its incentives and missions, so when they enforce the law, they try to maximise their own interests.' Also reported by Boston Globe and Economic Times.

Islamic State's strength grows as it seizes more territory

ABC, Lateline 11th August 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, War Studies, is interviewed with regard to the expansion of the Islamic State. He said: 'They want to continue to expand in all directions. Two months ago, before ISIS became the big force it now is, a lot of experts, including myself, were quite skeptical about their ability to push forward and we were proven wrong. A lot of politicians were proven wrong.' Also reported by ABC News.

Misunderstanding secularism

Indian Express, Delhi 11th August 2014

Article by Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, discussing how teaching Gita doesn't go against Indian secularism. He writes: 'The specificity of Indian secularism transpires clearly in these quoted passages. Far from being areligious, irreligious or anti-religious, this principle is, on the contrary, perfectly compatible with religiosity.'

Ebola outbreak

BBC Radio 5 Live 11th August 2014

The World Health Organisation has held a meeting with medical ethics experts today to discuss giving unlicensed medication to those suffering from Ebola. Dr Annette Rid, Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented on the ethics of using new drugs. She said: 'It could be justified to bring in some of the drugs provided so we can also gather some data, given that these patients are in such a dire situation.' Also reported by BBC News.

Many breech babies still born vaginally, risks still high

Reuters 11th August 2014

According to a new report, many babies in the breech position are still born vaginally, which can increase the risk of complications. Dr Lucy Chappell, Women's Health, told Reuters Health that in the safest vaginal birth, the baby turns and lies head-down in the pelvis before delivery, yet in a 'breech', the baby does not turn and the head can get trapped, which can lead to problems with the birth.

Mobile phone companies have failed, it's time to nationalise them

Guardian 11th August 2014

Article discussing the issue of nationalism and the possibility of nationalising mobile phone companies, in light of the fact profit is often put before the needs of the consumer. Dr Oliver Holland, Informatics, supports the idea, based on technical grounds. He said: 'If you had just one body, instead of dividing the spectrum into chunks, they can use it more efficiently.'

Who needs a constitution when UK politics is in such good shape?

Huffington Post UK 11th August 2014

One of the most constitutional documents in history, the Magna Carta, will celebrate its 800th anniversary next year. Working with King's College London, Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee has been working for five years on a project to develop several possibilities of what a democratic settlement for the UK could look like.

World War I centenary

BBC Asian Network 11th August 2014

The programme looks at the involvement of Indian soldiers in the First World War. Dr Santanu Das, English, commented on the role they took on. He said: 'Behind each fighting army there's this huge amount of men that were supporting them and the Indian Labour Corps played a very important role.'

Nothing would be finer for Dina Asher-Smith than double success in Zurich

Independent 10th August 2014

This Thursday will not only mark Dina Asher-Smith's first individual senior event as she competes at the European Athletics Championships but is also the day she finds out her A-level results. At stake is a place to study History at King's College London, for which she will need to have achieved three As. Also reported by Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Mirror, Daily Mail and The People.

A fair society should prize its care workers

Observer 10th August 2014

An investigation into pay and conditions in the sector has highlighted the low pay and status attached to care work. According to the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's, 150 000 workers are receiving less than the minimum wage.

British 'Primark jihadist' killed fighting with Islamic State

Telegraph 10th August 2014

According to Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, a British fighter with the Islamic State militants, Hamidur Rahman, has died. His death brings the total number of British fighters who have been killed in Syria to 19. Mr Maher commented on a conversation he had had with Rahman before his death. He said: 'From my interactions with him, Rahman was very focused, committed and serious about his cause.' Also reported by ITV News, Guardian, Daily Star, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio 1, Newsbeat and Times.

Chapman Pincher, 100; was Fleet Street newsman

Boston Globe 10th August 2014

Chapman Pincher, considered by the London Daily Express as the world's greatest reporter, died last week at his home in Kintbury. A graduate from King's College London, Mr Pincher also taught science in Liverpool and wrote articles for farm publications before becoming a reporter. Also reported by Seattle Times, New York Times and Washington Post.

What makes a movie scary

Sunday Express Mumbai 10th August 2014

Researchers from King's were asked about what makes a movie scary. Mathematicians found that it wasn't a film with a 'The' in the title, but rather came up with a complicated formula which included chase scenes, escalating music and film setting.

US and genocide: Who gets bombed, who gets saved?

Aljazeera (U.S) 10th August 2014

Article by Dr Victoria Fontan, War Studies, discusses how invoking 'genocide' to validate US strikes on the Islamic State group cannot be morally justified after Halabja. She writes: 'No one can rejoice when airstrikes are being carried out by a superpower which is responsible for having created the situation in the first place.'

Stroke victims back to normal after stem cell injections

Times 9th August 2014

Those who have suffered severe strokes have seen their health fully restored following treatment with a new stem cell therapy. Five people injected with cells from their bone marrow are still alive, but scientists have cautioned that these results could be down to chance. Dr Dusko Ilic, Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, was quoted saying that the numbers involved were very limited and that it is too early to draw conclusions.

Online open days

Guardian 9th August 2014

Student Maria Suessmilch, who is about to start a masters in neuroscience at King's, has spoken out about the online open day she attended. She said: 'The online open day went really well. It was online but laid out like a campus, so it was very intuitive.'

Concerns over Ebola outbreak

ITV News 8th August 2014

Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has spoken out about the dangers of Ebola as the World Health Organisation declared an international health emergency. He said: 'The real challenge now is how do we all hold our nerve and stick to our posts and see this through, because if we all step away, this is going to get away from us.'

Drugs watchdog condemns Roche for high price of breast cancer therapy

Guardian 8th August 2014

The pharmaceuticals company, Roche, has been criticised for refusing to lower the price of the breast cancer drug Kadcyla, whose current price is well over the NHS's limit. Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, commented on how the Cancer Drug Fund undermines judgments made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He said: 'I have always thought it grossly unfair to other diseases that cancer should have a short-circuit around Nice.' Also reported by Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.

Universities hand out more offers

Press Association 8th August 2014

Amid major changes to higher education and competition for top students, a number of universities are increasing the number of offers on degree courses. This follows reforms to the university system which allow institutions to recruit as many students as they like who have scored at least an A grade and two Bs at A-level. A number of top universities, including King's College London, have stated they will have a limited number of places in clearing.

Yunnan quake unlikely to affect wider Chinese economy

Xinhua News Agency 8th August 2014

According to British experts, the earthquake that struck China's Yunnan province is unlikely to have an effect on the wider Chinese economy. Professor Bruce Malamud, Geography, was quoted saying: 'This is a particularly forceful kind of earthquake where the waves radiate out horizontally, and it caused the buildings to shake back and forth, not just up and down.'

Could US have prevented ISIS?

MSNBC 8th August 2014

President Obama made the case that the crisis in Iraq is not going to be solved quickly by US intervention. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the world ISIS want to create. He said: 'They want to essentially recreate a version of the 7th century. They believe that you have to live exactly as people were living at the time of the prophet Mohammed.'

Ditch the beach for a chance to teach

Daily Mail 7th August 2014

In an ever competitive job market, graduates who utilise their gap-years volunteering or doing something constructive are more likely to impress potential employers. The article mentions a former King's College London student as an example of a graduate who worked at a primary school in Fiji before studying at university.

We're fuming

Sun 7th August 2014

Millions of drivers have been left angered having been persuaded to buy diesel cars, and now asked to pay fines for their toxic diesel fumes. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the situation. He said: 'Drivers wrongly bought diesel cars after being told they were the green option. Instead they have now found they bought cars that emit more harmful pollutants.'

Anger as project axed after scholars buy one-way ticket

Times Higher Education 7th August 2014

Due to a lack of funding, a project that would have seen 18 academics fly out to work in the Czech Republic has been cancelled at the last minute. Professor Andrew Miller, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, commented on the implications of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport's decision. He said: 'Their actions are so obviously damaging to the good name and reputation of Czech scientific research.'

Health issue: collective treatment for old practices

Times Higher Education 7th August 2014

The Wellcome Library and Jisc have announced a programme of digitisation that could potentially transform knowledge of 19th century medicine by creating an online library. The partners of this initiative include six top universities, including King's College London.

Foreign experts, media applaud China's swift earthquake response

Xinhua (China) 7th August 2014

Foreign experts and media have spoken highly of China's disaster relief efforts, saying China responded swiftly and efficiently to Sunday's deadly earthquake in its southwestern province of Yunnan. Professor Bruce Malamud, Geography, said: 'Looking at all the media that has come out, the news reports reporting on the effort, it has been a very rapid effort where they have mobilised a large number of resources and people.'

Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

BBC Radio 4 7th August 2014

Aid agencies say that one of the most difficult challenges facing aid workers are the suspicions against them from local communities. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, comments on how he and his team responded to the outbreak in Sierra Leone. He said: 'We wanted to make sure we had the right guidelines and training so that everybody in the hospital knew how to identify Ebola.'

Study of Vietnam vets finds those with worst PTSD improve little over the years

Dallas Morning News (US) 7th August 2014

Most veterans who had persistent post-traumatic stress a decade or more after serving in the Vietnam War have shown surprisingly little improvement since and a large percentage have died, a new study finds, updating landmark research that began a generation ago. Veterans with lifetime, war-related PTSD were heavy users of veterans health services, and two-thirds of them reported discussing mental health issues in those visits in the past six months, compared with 11 percent without the disorder. Professor Simon Wessely said: 'Now that is a striking figure, because clearly it doesn’t seem to have done much good.'

Combat stress among veterans is found to persist since Vietnam

New York Times 7th August 2014

A new study has found that even a decade or more since serving in the Vietnam war, many veterans are still suffering from post-traumatic stress. Dr Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, commented on recent findings that showed two-thirds of Veterans with war-related PTSD reported discussing mental health issues in their visits to veteran health services in the past six months, compared with 11 percent without the disorder. He said: 'Now that is a striking figure, because clearly it doesn’t seem to have done much good.' Also reported by Dallas Morning News.

Saturated fats that actually beat diabetes

Daily Mail 6th August 2014

Contrary to popular belief that saturated fats increase the risk of diabetes, researchers have found that some fats found in dairy products can reduce its development. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented on the recent findings. He said: 'This is an observational study, not a trial of modification of diet. However, the findings are in line with some other reports that suggest the consumption of dairy products is associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.'

Go-ahead given by Government for expansion of UTCs

Independent 6th August 2014

Ministers have been given the go-ahead to set up a network of University Technical Colleges for 14 - 18 year olds. In a bid to meet the demands of modern industry, seven new colleges are to open, with more expected in the new year. Top industries are backing the scheme, including King's College London.

Centralised stroke care saves more lives, says study

Guardian 6th August 2014

A study carried out by academics from institutions including King's College London has found that the centralisation of stroke services in London saves nearly 100 lives a year. Researchers estimated that if Manchester had adopted the London model, more than 50 lives a year would have been saved. The findings are predicted to confirm the arguments of clinicians who say fewer, more specialised centres are more efficient. Also reported by Press Association.

How did Lego become a gender battleground?

BBC News 6th August 2014

Lego's new range, the Research Institute, has been hailed a significant breakthrough in child marketing and gender stereotyping. The three new female figures - a palaeontologist, an astronomer and a chemist - are a contrast to the common pink-branded toys on offer to girls. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, commented that this latest range is a useful way of banishing the 'bluestocking' image of women doing serious jobs.

Collaborative caring in eating disorders

Star and Tribune 6th August 2014

Eating disorders have a profound impact on individuals, as well as the people who care for them. Professors Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt are at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minisota discussing caregiver skills training which is intended as an adjunct to the individual’s treatment program.

My time in the Israeli Defence Force tells me the level of casualties in Gaza is avoidable

The Conversation 6th August 2014

Dr Ahron Bregman, War Studies, writes an opinion piece on the conflict in Gaza: 'It seems, judging from the sheer number of Palestinian casualties in the current Gaza war, that the Israelis are not following their own rules – or the rules were produced at the time as a PR exercise to silence international criticism,' he said. Also reported by Independent, Washington Post and New Statesman.

Fairground ride leaves woman, 26, feeling dizzy for a year

Daily Mail 6th August 2014

A woman who went on a fairground ride at Reading Festival is still suffering from dizziness a year later. She has since been diagnosed with Migraine Variant Balance Disorder, a condition that affects the memory and leaves sufferers feeling permanently dizzy. Dr Andy Dowson said: 'Migraine sufferers are quite often tested to see whether they suffer hypersensitivity to certain foods. If a patient were to be very sensitive to these foods, it may trigger an attack.'

Do combined degrees attract extra kudos?

Telegraph 6th August 2014

One in five undergraduate opt to take a joint degree, allowing them to study two or more courses in the same time frame as a single subject. Due to increasing demand for flexible courses, rising numbers of institutions plan to offer US-style 'major / minor' degrees, including King's College London.

Gaza war gives Hamas shot in arm, but for how long?

Hindustan Times (India) 6th August 2014

Paul Schulte, War Studies, is quoted in an article looking at the history of Hamas and its role in the Gaza conflict with Israel: 'None of the objectives that Hamas has set seem deliverable,' he said. Also reported by Times of India.

Lost lives

Daily Mail 5th August 2014

The former governor of the Bank of England is reported to compare the period leading up to the Great War with the financial crisis between 2007 - 2009. Professor Richard Roberts, Contemporary British History, found that one of the few places where shares could be traded were on the Daily Mail's City pages.

In the past they studied hairdressing and tourism. Now it's Conrad and Joyce

Times 5th August 2014

As students await their A-level results, the Brilliant Club is helping the next generation of gifted children from poorer backgrounds win places at top universities including King's College London. Since its launch in 2011, nearly 50 per cent of the Brilliant Club's students have been offered a place at selective Russell Group institutions.

Ebola outbreak

BBC London News 5th August 2014

In light of the outbreak of the Ebola virus, British Airways have announced they are suspending flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, discusses the possibility of the virus spreading to other countries. He said: 'It is very unlikely to be a risk to the UK more broadly and there is just a slim chance that someone who has travelled somewhere around West Africa to get sick.'

Raise a glass! Drink doesn't kill off brain cells

Daily Mail 5th August 2014

Commenting on how memory becomes much poorer with age, Professor Rob Howard, Institute of Psychiatry, says: 'It's part of healthy ageing that our memory for people's names that we don't use regularly declines and we struggle to recall them,'

Four Student Occupations And Protests Which Actually Won Their Demands

Huffington Post (US) 5th August 2014

Feature article on student protests mentions activity by students at King's.

Remember the quiet glory of the old soldiers of Whitehall

Financial Times 4th August 2014

Article discussing how those who fought for their country from Whitehall during the First World War should be remembered. Professor Richard Roberts, Contemporary British History, spoke to Treasury civil servants earlier this year on how the war triggered an international financial breakdown.

100 years ago Britain declared war on Germany

BBC Radio 5 Live 4th August 2014

On the anniversary marking 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany, Professor Richard Roberts, Contemporary British History, comments on the impact the Great War had on the lives of people at home. He said: 'There were two ways of paying for the war: taxes had to go up and debt had to increase.'

Doctor at centre of Ebola epidemic

Press Association 4th August 2014

Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is part of a team of British medics who were working to strengthen the healthcare system in Sierra Leone before the Ebola outbreak struck. He said: 'From the moment we heard about the first Ebola cases, all of our instincts on the team here and back in London were to do everything we could to help our colleagues overcome this new challenge.'

Sir Michael Howard: They knew there would be a war - but not so terrible

Evening Standard 4th August 2014

Article by Professor Sir Michael Howard, War Studies, which discusses the expectations of the British prior to the outbreak of the First World War. He writes: 'If the war had indeed been as brief, bloody and decisive as was generally expected, we would certainly now be commemorating it in a very different way.'

'What's shocking is how Ebola patients look before they die': British doctor working in Sierra Leone describes the horror of deadly disease

Daily Mail 4th August 2014

A British doctor, Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, has spoke out about the horrors he and his team have witnessed since the outbreak of Ebola. Despite health workers being among those most at risk of contracting the virus, the team took the decision to remain in Sierra Leone to work alongside local medics dealing with the crisis. Dr Johnson said: 'We're all aware that there is a risk and that we have to be extremely careful. However, we also know that if we wear the protective equipment properly and follow the protocols then we'll be OK.' Also reported by Press Association.

India - US ties at a turning point

DNA (India) 4th August 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on relations between India and the US, following a visit to India by US Secretary of State John Kerry: 'The Obama administration is trying to recover some of the lost ground in reaching out to the Modi government. It was only in February 2014 that the US ended its decade-long boycott of Modi when then US ambassador to India, Nancy Powell paid a visit to Modi,' he said.

Montsho tests positive for drugs

Sunday Times 3rd August 2014

The Botswana athlete, Amantle Monthso, has become the highest-profile competitor at the Commonwealth Games to test positive for drugs. The 'B' sample is to be analysed at her request by King's College London. Should the sample confirm the presence of a proscribed substance, Montsho will be able to attend a full hearing to explain why the drug was in her system.

Gaza conflict

BBC World Service Radio 3rd August 2014

Dr Ahron Bregman, War Studies, comments on the challenges facing the Israeli defence force in light of the recent attacks in civilian areas. He said: 'There is no justification to strike near facilities such as schools and hospitals which endangers so many people.' Dr Bregman added: 'The Israeli army must change and must modify the rules of engagement.'

Why Modi’s India aligns more closely with Israel than with Palestinians

Al Jazeera 3rd August 2014

Feature article discussing why India's political commentators see traditional support for Palestinians as anachronistic and inimical to the national interest. Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, argues that India is disappointed by what it sees as the Arab world’s simplistic position on the thorny issue of Kashmir: 'India has received no worthwhile backing from the Arab countries in the resolution of problems it faces in its neighborhood, especially Kashmir. There have been no serious attempts by the Arab world to put pressure on Pakistan to reign in the cross-border insurgency in Kashmir.'

One hundred years after World War I, there are similar economic challenges in 2014

O Globo (Brazil) 3rd August 2014

Professor Richard Roberts, Director, Institute of Contemporary British History, compares the financial crisis of WW1 with today's global economy, for a special feature on WW1.

Attrition: Fighting the First World War by William Philpott, review: 'refreshingly balanced'

Daily Telegraph 2nd August 2014

Review of Attrition: Fighting the First World War by Professor William Philpott, War Studies. The reviewer states that whilst the First World War has been fought over and interpreted by many historians, Professor Philpott 'takes a refreshingly balanced view of the war.'

Why hobbits triumphed in the Great War

Times 2nd August 2014

Professor Joseph Laconte, History, comments on JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis and their service in the Great War. He writes: 'Despite the slaughter in the trenches, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis saw heroism and nobility in the war to end all wars.'

A revolution up in flames

Al Jazeera Newshour 2nd August 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, participates in a debate as part of feature programme 'Inside Syria'. The three-year war has intensified in Syria and witnessed its bloodiest phase in July.

Ebola outbreak

BBC News 1st August 2014

The outbreak of the Ebola virus is moving more quickly than the efforts to control it. So far, 729 people have died in the outbreak. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, explained the challenges facing medical practitioners in the hospitals. He said: 'The challenge over the next week is can we convince patients that their best option is to come to hospital early for treatment and can we convince staff that they're safe working here in this unit. If we can do that, then this outbreak can be turned around.' Also reported by BBC Radio 5 Live.

New spray will speed up hunt for evidence in rape cases

Evening Standard 1st August 2014

A new spray is currently being developed by scientists from King's College London that will speed up police investigations. The 'biosensor' detection molecules in the spray turn different colours when they come into contact with saliva, blood and semen, which could halve the time it normally takes to search for bodily fluids. This latest development has been hailed a technological breakthrough by the Home Office.

Ebola virus in West Africa

BBC Radio 5 Live 1st August 2014

The World Health Organisation is set to meet leaders of several West African countries to try to agree how to tackle the Ebola virus. Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, commented on the hospitals and medical facilities in West Africa. He said: 'The sort of work that King's has been doing in Sierra Leone over the last few years has been to try and strengthen the healthcare system in those areas.' He added: 'This is a reminder that we really need to redouble efforts in strengthening weak healthcare systems.'

Maths school revolution gets off to a slow start

Times Education Supplement 1st August 2014

King's College London is among just three universities to have agreed to back specialist maths schools for students between the ages of 16 and 18. In November 2011, government sources had suggested that between 12 and 16 schools would be set up.

Ebola's frontline: Battling fear and deadly virus

CNN (US) 1st August 2014

Feature article written by Dr Oliver Johnson, Medicine, who travelled to Sierra Leone with a small team of volunteers from King's Health Partners to work on a project to improve day-to-day health care: 'Ebola is the main conversation, in government, the media and on the street. People are now starting to truly understand the scale of risk. Businesses have buckets of chlorine at the doorstep, people wear gloves and have stopped shaking hands,' he said. Dr Johnson was also interviewed by the Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Why do women live longer than men?

Newsweek (US) 1st August 2014

Professor David H Phillips, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, King’s College London, is quoted in a piece exploring the reasons why women tend to live longer than men: 'The female immune system is known to produce a more vigorous response to biological insult than the male immune system, he said.

A Himalyan Opportunity

The New Indian Express 1st August 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece about India's relationship with Nepal: 'External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s maiden visit to Nepal last week was an important opportunity to recalibrate Indo-Nepalese ties and lay the foundation for prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit from August 3—the first bilateral visit to Nepal by an Indian PM in 17 years,' he said.

If the robe fits... you're lucky

Times Higher Education 31st July 2014

Louise Byrne discusses the difficulties traditional academic gowns pose for female graduates. In 2008, Vivienne Westwood created a new robe for King's College London which made use of buttons on the shoulders to help the gown stay in place.

As the conflict in Gaza continues, are we seeing a realignment of the Middle East?

City A.M. 31st July 2014

Dr Simon Waldman, Theology & Religious Studies, comments on how the Israel-Gaza conflict shows how little has changed in the Israeli-Palestine war. He said: 'There have been dangerous developments in the region, especially the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the breakdown of Syria. But they have little to do with Israel’s conflict with Hamas.'

Ucas webchat: Prepare for Result's Day 2014

Telegraph 31st July 2014

Due to a record number of applications to the UK's leading universities, competition for places is on the rise. Among other institutions, King's College London has reported substantial increases in applications over the past year.

New Dynamics

Outlook (India) 31st July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India-Japan relations and the shifting power dynamics in the Asia region: 'Asia’s leading nations have been slowly coming together to face the challenge of an assertive China. To the chagrin of Beijing, US, Indian and Japanese naval vessels gathered for a joint exercise in the Pacific ostensibly against piracy and terrorism. The rise of nationalist leaders in Japan and India, combined with growing US concern about aggressive Chinese policy, have created new dynamics in the region,' he said.

All new taxis will be hybrid by 2018

Times 30th July 2014

Due to the health concerns raised over toxic diesel fumes in London, taxis and buses will automatically switch to 'zero emission' electric mode on Oxford Street. This follows research by King's College London that found high levels of nitrogen dioxide on Britain's busiest high street.

Five-a-day is all you need

Daily Mail 30th July 2014

According to researchers, eating more than the recommended five-a-day won't make you live any longer. A recent study claims that five pieces of fruit or vegetables is the optimum amount when it comes to reducing a person's chances of dying. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented that the findings shouldn't put people off eating plenty of fruit and vegetables.

Increase diesel taxes to fight pollution, says Boris Johnson and green groups

Guardian 30th July 2014

The Mayor of London, alongside green groups, has called on the government to increase taxes on diesel fuel to combat the Capital's levels of air pollution. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the prevalent image of diesel cars as the 'green' option. He said: 'This image of diesel cars however is wrong as they emit more harmful air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. Given the shortcoming of diesel vehicles, a sensible option would be to discourage their use through a higher fuel taxation.'

First World War testimonies

BBC Radio 4 30th July 2014

No conflict in history has been so well documented by ordinary soldiers as the First World War. BBC Radio 4 visited London's Royal Artillery Museum to view their collection of archives. Dr Helen McCartney, Defence Studies, commented on the various artifacts, contextualising them in terms of the different stages of the war.

Ebola virus outbreak

Channel 4 News 30th July 2014

According to the latest figures, 672 people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola, which started in Guinea and has spread to neighbouring countries. UK Doctors have been told to be on alert for people coming back from West Africa with flu-like symptoms. In Sierra Leone, Dr Oliver Johnson, King's Health Partners, is currently treating patients at the Connaught Hospital. He said: 'I have never seen in my career people who look so healthy, dying so quickly.' Also reported by BBC World News, BBC World Service Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Immunotherapy targets breast cancer

Press Association 30th July 2014

A new technique is currently being developed by British scientists to encourage the body's immune system to attack one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer. Led by Dr John Mayer, Breast Cancer Biology Group, a team from King's College London are working on an immunotherapy treatment which specifically targets HER2-positive tumours.

Indo-U.S. relations: moving beyond the plateau

Foreign Policy 30th July 2014

Article by Dr Harsh V Pant, Defence Studies, discussing the importance of the U.S. Secretary of State's visit to India. This week John Kerry will meet the newly elected Prime Minister and his government. Dr Pant writes: 'There is certainly a window of opportunity now for both Washington and New Delhi to re-launch their partnership.'

Diesel drivers face new charges to cut pollution

Times 29th July 2014

Under new plans to combat the problem of air pollution, diesel drivers could have to pay an extra £10 to drive through central London. This charge would be on top of the current congestion charge and would come into play in 2020. This new development follows research by David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, which last month found that London had high levels of nitrogen dioxide. Also reported by BBC London 94.9.

Bright idea! The CSI spray that collars culprits

Daily Mail 29th July 2014

A pioneering technique set to revolutionise crime-fighting has been developed by scientists at King's College London. The spray, which uses the latest bio and nano technologies, can identify whether an offender has left behind saliva, sweat or other bodily fluids by lighting up in one of four different colours. The Home Office hopes this latest development will provide police officers with vital leads in the first critical hours of an investigation, allowing them to make immediate arrests.

University of Cambridge staff to be paid the living wage

Telegraph 29th July 2014

All members of staff directly employed by the University of Cambridge are to be paid the living wage from the beginning of August. It will now join the likes of King's College London who are fully accredited as Living Wage employers.

Running just a few minutes a day 'cuts risk of dying early'

Telegraph 29th July 2014

A recent study has found that running for just a few minutes on a regular basis can dramatically reduce the risk of dying early. Professor Albert Ferro, Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology, commented on the significance of the new findings. He said: 'This is an important study because it establishes for the first time, in a large population of subjects studied, that even very low level exercise is associated with improved survival.'

Extra charge for diesel drivers

BBC London 94.9 29th July 2014

Motorists who drive diesel vehicles may have to pay £10 should they wish to drive through Central London. According to the Times, plans are being drawn up that would see diesel drivers charged on top of the existing congestion fee. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Health, commented on why these measures have to happen. He said: 'These pollutants are causing big health problems in cities now and we need to act as fast as possible.'

New pollution tax proposed

ITV 1, London Today 29th July 2014

In order to solve London's chronic pollution problem, the Mayor of London has announced plans to charge £10 on top of the current congestion charge for diesel vehicles. Commenting on the Capital's air pollution levels, Professor Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group, discussed the health risks of nitrogen dioxide particulates. He said: 'They become absorbed and they affect a lot of the reactions that go on inside the body, which causes inflammation in the system and then leads subsequently to heart attacks and premature death.' Also reported by BBC Radio 2, Drivetime, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio London 94.9.

Driving under the influence of drugs

BBC Radio 4, Inside Health 29th July 2014

New legislation that comes into play next March sets out thresh hold levels for 16 different drugs and medicines, both illegal and prescription. Similarly to the blood-alcohol limit, exceeding these thresh holds will result in prosecution. Dr Kim Wolff, Addiction Science, commented: 'There are medicines involved in this and this is because they are also quite powerful drugs, and many of them are misused as well as legitimately prescribed.'

Indonesia's jarring wealth gap

Al Jazeera 29th July 2014

Dr Andy Sumner, International Development Institute, writes an opinion piece on rising inequality in Indonesia as the country announces a new President: 'The gulf between rich and poor has widened in Indonesia more than in any other developing country. It has grown by as much as 60 percent over the last decade, according to our comprehensive look at inequality in the country. While the rich get richer, around 40 percent of the country's 250 million people still live with less than $2 per day,' he said.

How 14 Childhood experiences shape you as an adult

Times of India 29th July 2014

Article mentions a study from King's Institute of Psychiatry which found of 26,000 people found that if you experienced various forms of maltreatment, you're 2.27 times more likely to have recurrent episodes of depression.

Universities resort to cold-calling ex-students to raise funds

Independent 28th July 2014

In order to raise funds, universities are targeting over nine million of their former students. Although philanthropic donations are at a record high, there has been an increase in fundraising calling for graduates to donate. During the last academic year, King's College London was amongst several institutions in the UK to receive the largest individual cash gifts.

Without World War I, what would literature look like today?

Conversation 28th July 2014

Article by Professor Max Saunders, Arts & Humanities Research Institute, discusses how central the Great War is to Britain's conception of its own history. He writes: 'The war poets are routinely taught in schools. And the memoirs, novels, paintings, films and pieces of music produced in that period haven’t just produced our cultural memory of the war. They’ve made our culture virtually unimaginable without it.'

Sun safe?

Sunday Times 27th July 2014

With skin cancer on the rise, doubts have emerged over the efficacy of sunscreens. According to researchers, anti-inflammatory ingredients which are routinely added to sunscreens may dramatically skew SPF readings, allowing the product to be given a higher SPF, yet this could lead to skin damage from UV light. Professor John Hawk, Dermatology Skin Sciences, commented: 'If a sunscreen contains anti-inflammatories, it reduces sunburn without necessarily protecting from DNA damage, which is potentially worrying.'

Early reading skills positively influence intelligence

Deccan Herald (India) 27th July 2014

Further coverage of research led by the Institute of Psychiatry.

Useful blood gene variants spread in humans worldwide

Deccan Herald (India) 27th July 2014

While studying patients of African and South Asian descent, researchers at King's noticed that two genetic variants control¬ling the red blood cell regulator gene are of similar genetic structure - not only in them but also in individuals of other populations.

Feeling the strain - the EU or Putin?

Financial Times 26th July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the international community remains torn on how to respond. Dr Gonzalo Pozo Martin, European & International Studies, comments on the possible sanctions that could be imposed on Russia by the EU. He said: 'What we don't really know is whether the effects of these sanctions are going to translate in Putin changing course in his policy on the Ukraine.'

India's Israel Posturing

Business Standard (India) 26th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India's ties with Israel in the wake of the latest upsurge in violence in Gaza: 'There are hypocrites and then there are Indian politicians. Israel's right to self-defence has been deemed so unacceptable by our parliamentarians that all perspective has been lost,' he said.

England may pay dearly for staying united with Scotland

Financial Times 25th July 2014

Article by Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Contemporary British History, which looks at how England's constitutional dilemmas could be intensified, should Scotland reject independence on September 18. As the only country in the UK not to have its own parliament or assembly, Professor Bogdanor argues that England suffers the effects of an unbalanced and asymmetrical constitution. He writes: 'This is the price that England, the most powerful nation in the UK, pays for maintaining the union with Scotland.'

Sea temperature off Plymouth hotter than California

Telegraph 25th July 2014

According to marine scientists, the water temperature off the coast of Devon has soared, making the seas of southwest Britain hotter than those of California. However, the hot temperatures are bringing with them pollutants which, when they react with sunlight, can cause health risks. Dr David Carslaw, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, commented: 'When we have hot temperatures, a lot of the heat air is coming across from Europe. So, you can have emissions from, say, Germany, in this air and they react to form other pollutants under heat.'

Justice for MH17

Foreign Policy 25th July 2014

When a disaster such as the crash of flight MH17 occurs, there is always a demand for accountability. Dr Philippa Webb, Public International Law, comments on previous cases that involved the International Court of Justice. She said: 'The ICJ does not have an encouraging track record for resolving aerial incidents. No case has ever reached the merits.'

Early reading boosts health and intelligence later on

Times 24th July 2014

According to psychologists, improving children's reading skills could make them more intelligent in later life, as well as healthier and more creative. In a study conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry and the University of Edinburgh, researchers have found that children who did better in reading tests at an early age went on to outscore their classmates in both pattern recognition and vocabulary. Also reported by Daily Mail and Press Association.

Middle-class parents who've ruined their children's teeth - by giving them 'healthy' treats

Daily Mail 24th July 2014

According to new figures, tens of thousands of children in England between the ages of five and nine have been hospitalised for multiple tooth extractions in the last year. Although enamel on baby teeth is just as hard as enamel on adult teeth, the layer is thinner thus making children's teeth more vulnerable. Professor Raman Bedi, Dental Public Health, commented on how parents can prevent their children developing cavities. He said: 'Proper tooth brushing, twice daily with toothpaste containing fluoride, is vital.'

Academy chains outperform state schools

Times 24th July 2014

New research shows that students in schools run by academy chains do noticeably better than children at other state schools. The study, co-authored by Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, was the largest attempt to date to quantify the performance of chains that run three or more academies. Also reported by Press Association.

MH17: What happens to the victim's bodies?

CNN (US) 24th July 2014

Miles away from the somber ceremony on a tarmac where coffins containing the remains of victims of Flight MH17 were returned, dozens of forensic scientists at a military base in the Netherlands were preparing for the grim task of identifying the remains. Professor Denise Syndercombe-Court, Forensic Science, said some identifications will be relatively simple: 'It sounds as if they have perhaps 200 body bags with identifiable bodies or parts of bodies in,' she said. 'And while they have been at the site for some time, I would expect that it will be possible to get good DNA profiles from most of those.'

Has Islamic State ordered FGM for all women and girls?

Channel 4 News 24th July 2014

According to the UN, Islamic State has ordered all women and girls in Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, although there are claims that the edict may be a hoax. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted saying that, in his opinion, the edict could have been spread by the Islamic State's opponents. Also reported by Independent.

Homecare needs a highly-skilled workforce to care for our ageing society

Guardian 24th July 2014

In order to meet the demands of the UK's ageing population, there is a growing need for more people to take on caring roles. According to the International Longevity Centre, the current homecare workforce may need to be doubled over the next decade. Dr Shereen Hussein, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, said she wasn't optimistic about the UK's capacity to meet this demand without significant changes.

My university is better than yours - what students and graduates think

Guardian 24th July 2014

In a survey to determine which universities students and graduates thought were on the same level as their own, students from King's College London were among the 21 other institutions whose pupils tended to aim higher when making their selection.

China regulator determines Qualcomm has monopoly - state-run newspaper

Reuters UK 24th July 2014

According to China's state-run newspaper Securities Times, China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the biggest mobile chipmakers in the world, has a monopoly. The U.S chipmaker is suspected of abusing its monopoly and market position by overcharging, which could see it fined over $1 billion. Dr Angela Huyue Zhang, Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on the newspaper's report. She said it was a 'loose expression that the NDRC has gathered facts that Qualcomm has abused its dominant position.'

Maths and Music: An inseparable learning duo

Huffington Post (US) 24th July 2014

Article on learning mentions King’s researchers recent discovery that 50 percent of the genes used that influence a child's reading ability also impact mathematics aptitude.

China regulator determines Qualcomm has monopoly - state-run newspaper

CNBC (US) 24th July 2014

China's antitrust regulator has confirmed that Qualcomm Inc, one of the world's biggest mobile chipmakers, has a monopoly, the state-run Securities Times newspaper reported on Thursday, as Qualcomm's chief executive held talks in China. Dr Angela Zhang, The Dickson Poon School of Law, said the report was a, ‘loose expression that the NDRC has gathered facts that Qualcomm has abused its dominant position.’ She added: ‘It seems likely that the decision will be announced soon.’ Also reported by South China Morning Post, Global Post (US), Reuters, Reuters (India) and NDTV (India).

We must not whitewash the first world war

Guardian 23rd July 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, discusses how the prevalent Eurocentric view of the first world war ignores the four million men from Africa and Asia who fought on the side of Europe and the U.S during the conflict. He said: 'The recent global turn in first world war studies and commemorative events is partly propelled by Europe's changing image of itself: we live in multicultural societies.'

The rain drain

Guardian 23rd July 2014

Despite the sewers of the Victorian era fixing the issue of filth in the River Thames, findings suggest that trouble may be brewing again. Professor David Green, Geography, commented on how the insanitary river carried water-borne diseases such as typhoid in the 1830s. He said that Liverpudlians were less prone to suffer than Londoners because of their fondness for tea, as this meant that they boiled their water prior to drinking it.

Sir Lawrence Freedman: 'Great situations create great strategists'

Guardian 23rd July 2014

Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, discusses what makes a good strategy, ahead of the Account Planning Group's 'Big Thinking on Strategy' event in October. He said: 'What makes an effective strategic practitioner, as opposed to a theorist, is the ability to read a changing situation and see new opportunities as well as how objectives may have to be adapted to fit changing circumstances.'

Guardian marks first world war centenary with ambitious interactive documentary in seven languages

Guardian 23rd July 2014

To mark the 100th anniversary of the first world war, today the Guardian has launched 'First World War: the story of global conflict', an interactive documentary exploring the war's global impact. The project includes input from ten leading historians from around the world, including Dr Santanu Das, English. Commenting on the project, he said: 'Weaving together images, film-clips, documents, maps, sound-effects, and voices of historians from ten different countries, it shows how modern technology can help to immerse us in the complex, multiple and parallel histories of the First World War, as we move across empires, nations and fronts.'

EU sanctions against Russian elites could pose existential threat to Putin regime

Huffington Post UK 23rd July 2014

On Tuesday, the EU moved further towards imposing economic sanctions on associates of Vladimir Putin, in a response to the crisis in Ukraine. Dr Samuel Greene, Russia Institute, commented on the implications these sanctions could have for Russian elites and Putin's aim to maintain a steady state. He said: 'What becomes a threat to him is if the system is unbalanced and everyone comes to the conclusion that they might be better off without him and with some other leadership.'

Three parent babies banned from knowing 'second mothers'

Telegraph 23rd July 2014

Under new government guidelines, babies born through a new 'three parent' technique will never be allowed to find out who their 'second mother' is. With this technique, babies at risk of being born with severe disabilities will be offered donor DNA to mend genetic flaws. Professor Frances Flinter, Clinical Genetics, commented on the urgency for the government to push through the legislation prior to next year's general election. He said: 'Many couples would like to have a healthy child soon, and while they understand that it takes time to assess the safety and efficacy of new treatments, they will be anxious about any further delays in bringing legislation before parliament.'

Conflict over arms sales

BBC Radio 4, The World Tonight 23rd July 2014

Professor Andrew Doorman, Defence Studies, discusses whether it is possible to have an arms industry and maintain an ethical policy on exports. He said: 'The real challenge you've got when you look at ethics is whose ethics are we talking about and how do you evaluate that?' He added: 'What we're dealing with is political compromise at any one time.'

Arms trading with Moscow

BBC Radio 5 Live 23rd July 2014

Following revelations that 250 government licences to Russia are in place despite pledges by ministers to prevent arms trading with Moscow, David Cameron has promised to act if he finds Britain has breached its own embargo. Paul Short, Defence Studies, said: 'It is symbolically important and embarrassing for the government, particularly as they are in a row with the French.' He added: 'What's more important is that there will be fewer and fewer investment links and long-term contracts with Russia. There will be a slow process of unlocking because of the political and strategic tension that Putin has caused.'

Who are the rebel's controlling MH17's crash site?

Time (US) 23rd July 2014

On Monday the two black boxes from flight MH17 were finally handed over to Malaysian experts who had been petitioning for their safe recovery. The black boxes, however, weren’t returned by the Ukrainian government, but by pro-Russian separatists from the so-called, 'Donetsk People’s Republic'. Dr Sam Greene, Director, King's Russia Institute, said: 'The people who are leaders in east Ukraine are not playing leading roles. They hold the de facto power in that part of the Ukraine but that’s all. They don’t have long established electoral legitimacy.'

Black and ethnic minority students far less likely to receive offers, new study reveals

Huffington Post (US) 23rd July 2014

Article on discrimination against ethnic minority students at UK universities mentions that King’s students were among those who shared the 'I, too, am Harvard' photo campaign about alienation at university.

'Eighty new genes linked to schizophrenia'

BBC News 22nd July 2014

Scientists have uncovered 80 previously unknown genes which may put people at risk of developing schizophrenia, research in Nature suggests. Commenting on the study, Dr Gerome Breen, Institute of Psychiatry, said: "I think this is revolutionary. We now have a massive amount of new biology to investigate - a whole new set of ideas which could provide many potential avenues for treatment." Also reported in the Daily Mail and Agence France Presse.

Wooing BME ethnic vote and winning Croydon voters

BBC News 22nd July 2014

With less than a year until the general election, political parties need to do more to win over ethnic minority voters. Professor Richard Webber, Geography, discusses how parties should recognise the importance of the BME vote. Commenting on the changes in migrants' circumstances, he said: 'It is questionable that they should continue to vote for the same party as they did when they arrived.'

MP with anorexic past gives DNA to establish genetic links in sufferers

Independent 21st July 2014

A Conservative MP who suffered from an eating disorder as a teenager has donated his DNA to a pioneering study looking for genetic links between anorexics. The samples will be analysed by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry.

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British science: the next frontier

Sunday Times 21st July 2014

Article about investment in UK biosciences mentions research by King’s College London and Proteome Sciences, a British biotechnology company, developing a potential test for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.

Widen Your View

Times of India 21st July 2014

Article on the availability of humanities courses such as politics and international relations in the US and the UK, notes that they are offered at King's College London. Also reported by the Mumbai Times (India).

10 ways to make public engagement work for you

Guardian 21st July 2014

College PhD candidates, Ella Parry-Davies and Penny Newell, present 10 ways for academics to build up a presence in public debate. According to the students, there is a need for young academics to support each other in breaking outdated moulds and to voice their perspectives.

Britain should ratify convention to protect cultural objects in time of war

Telegraph 21st July 2014

A letter urging the government to ratify the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Following the 2003 looting of archaeological sites and museums in Iraq, Britain announced its commitment to ratification but is yet to introduce the necessary legislation. Dr Hafed Walda, Digital Humanities, is one of the letter's signatories.

Murder in the sky - flight MH17

Channel 4, Dispatches 21st July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Dispatches investigates the crash scene to determine who could have been responsible. Upon viewing footage of pro-Russian separatists, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, commented: 'If these tapes are actually accurate, they seriously implicate the rebels.'

No place at Oxbridge, even with top grades

Sunday Telegraph 20th July 2014

With only a few weeks to go before the publication of A-level results, many Russell Group universities have witnessed applications reach a new high in 2014. The number of students applying to King's College London has risen to 40,000 for the first time - the equivalent of 10 pupils chasing every place. According to education experts, the increase in applications to the UK's top universities reflects the desire to get maximum return for higher tuition fees combined with a high demand for places among foreign students. Also reported by Daily Telegraph.

Ukraine plane crash

BBC News 20th July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, comments on Russia's possible involvement and the country's response to the investigation into the crisis. She said: 'It is debatable to what extent they can fully manipulate fighters on the ground. I am certain that they can exert a lot of pressure on them.' Also reported by BBC Radio Five Live, Sunday Breakfast.

Four decades of occupation, and more

Guardian 19th July 2014

Avi Schlaim reviews 'Cursed History: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories' by Dr Ahron Bregman, War Studies. Bregman served in the Israeli army for six years and is the author of four books on Israel and its history of conflict.

'Safer IVF' with kisspeptin hormone shows promise

BBC News 19th July 2014

According to UK doctors, 12 babies have been born using the hormone kisspeptin, which stimulates women's ovaries to produce eggs. Whilst fertility researchers hope kisspeptin will prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, in 10% of patients, the ovaries can go into overdrive and produce too many eggs. Dr Yakoub Khalaf, Medicine, said: 'The bottom line is an interesting product but more clinical data is needed to demonstrate that kisspeptin is not just safe but also does not reduce the chance of a pregnancy.'

Flight MH17: relatives grieve over families

Telegraph 19th July 2014

In recent media coverage of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, there is mention of one of the victims, John Allen, who had previously studied at King's College London. Also reported by Sunday Mirror and Sunday Times.

International community searches for answers on MH17

MSNBC (US) 19th July 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is interviewed discussing what needs to be done for families of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 to get answers.

Malaysia Airlines crash

Sky News 18th July 2014

Following the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, spoke to Sky News regarding the political implications of the disaster and commented on Russia holding the Ukraine responsible. She said: ‘Officially, of course, they cannot admit that the separatists were behind this sort of attack. So, in a way, trying to shift the blame and point it to the Ukrainians is, to a certain extent, understandable.’ Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, discusses the possibility that the launch-pad from which the missiles were fired was not necessarily targeting the passenger plane. Acknowledging the bad visibility and unclear radar signature, he told Sky News: ‘It may very well have been a case of mistaken identity.’

British Academy announces 42 new fellows

Times Higher Education 18th July 2014

Over 40 academics have been elected as fellows to the British Academy. The fellows are elected for their outstanding research and distinction in the humanities and social sciences. Francesca Happé, Institute of Psychiatry, and Paul Gilroy, English, are amongst the 42 elected and will play a vital role in continuing the Academy’s activities and in sustaining support and public interest in research across the disciplines.

Top universities 'must do more' for poor students

Daily Telegraph 17th July 2014

According to the Government's higher education access adviser, leading universities must make further changes to admissions in order to ensure a more balanced intake of students. Figures reveal that top universities, including King's College London, have set specific targets to increase the proportion of places awarded to pupils from state schools and poorer backgrounds.

Summer reads

Times Higher Education 17th July 2014

Dr Lucy Wooding, History, sets out the two books she plans to read over the summer. For the 'new must-read' category, she has chosen Leif Dixon's 'Practical Predestinarians in England,' and for 'a classic worth revisiting,' Dr Wooding vows to reread works by Thomas Harding, the great Elizabethan Catholic apologist.

Do Research Beyond Curriculum

Deccan Herald (India) 17th July 2014

King's College London is among a list of UK universities recommended to a reader asking for recommendations for where to pursue degree studies.

Malaysia Airlines crash: Who shot down MH17?

Telegraph 17th July 2014

Martin Navias, Defence Analyst, speculates as to what and who could have brought down the Boeing 777, which killed all 295 passengers on board. He believes that it was most likely Ukraine rebels in possession of a surface to air missile yet stated that both Russia and the Ukraine are equally viable suspects.

Take on the Taliban

Prospect 17th July 2014

Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, discusses the decision of Pakistan's government to avoid peace negotiations with the Taliban given the success of the army in pushing back local rebels. He writes: 'Pakistan is right to send its army to fight against extremists - but it is only buying time.'

Between arts and academia

Arts Professional 17th July 2014

Article by Deborah Bull, Cultural Partnerships, exploring the relationship between the arts and academia. She writes: 'Universities and the cultural sector can work in partnership to drive innovation, widen participation and engage a broader public.'

Cannabis really can trigger paranoia

Guardian 16th July 2014

The largest ever study of the effects of the main psychoactive component of cannabis suggests that it can cause paranoia in vulnerable individuals. The research was led by the Institute of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and Manchester.

Filling the Autism Gap

BBC Radio 4 - Face the Facts 16th July 2014

Discussing the use of untested treatments for autism, Professor Francesca Happe, Institute of Psychiatry, says "People who are peddling treatments without proof and not doing randomised controlled trials are quite frankly wicked."

Publishing Lives

BBC Radio 4 16th July 2014

Robert McCrum explores the story of one of the great British publishers, John Murray. Dr Chris Kenyon-Jones, External Relations, discusses Jane Austen's working relationship with the editor during the publication of 'Emma.'

Patients ‘pay price of research gender bias’

The Australian 16th July 2014

Article about new research from King's which claims a gender imbalance in medical faculties is leaving areas under-researched, 'at a cost to patients and society'. Lead author Professor Jonathan Grant, Head of King's Policy Institute, said there was also an imbalance in clinical specialties. Men were overrepresented in areas such as anaesthesia, radiology and particularly surgery while women gravitated to general practice, psychiatry, pediatrics and obstetrics. 'Just as there are gender differences by clinical speciality, there may be gender differences by discipline or research approach,' he said. 'Given the under-representation of women in clinical academic medicine, this may be shaping research agendas in an unconscious way.'

Weeks of combat in Iraq show Shiite militias have few offensive capabilities

Miami Herald (US) 16th July 2014

Andrew Exum, a former US Army officer, is quoted in an article about the Islamic State's military presence in Iraq. The article mentions that he has a doctorate in counter-insurgency studies from King’s College London.

Coming late to the war

Indian Express 16th July 2014

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, writes an article on Pakistan's military ambitions in Afghanistan on the eve of Nato's withdrawal: 'Last month, the Pakistani army launched a new offensive in North Waziristan, which came close on the heels of unprecedented air strikes aimed at Islamist groups. This troop deployment is different from previous ones, in its sheer magnitude and its targets,' he said.

Hamas Bragging Rights Grow With Drones Use Against Israel

Bloomberg (US) 16th July 2014

Report on grainy footage taken by an Israeli warplane shows an alleged Hamas-run drone facility in the Gaza Strip. Within seconds, the building explodes. Israel’s justification for the attack came hours earlier, when a Patriot missile intercepted a drone as it approached Israeli airspace and blew it to pieces. Though the drone flight ended in failure, Hamas’s drone program has fulfilled broader goals. Dr Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: 'They (Hamas) want to appear as a sophisticated player. The drone makes a difference psychologically but not tactically. Look at the operational context in which it was used. Israel has complete military superiority. It’s not a game changer.'

10 Things You Might Not Know About Fats

Washington Post (US) 16th July 2014

Dietary advice has moved away from the mantra that we should just eat less saturated fat, salt and sugar, and toward a more discerning pattern that emphasizes fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy food. Professor Tom Sanders, Nutrition & Dietetics , details 10 things you might not know about fats.

Childhood cancer

BBC Radio 4, File on 4 15th July 2014

A new generation of drugs will be fundamental in the fight against childhood cancers, but these treatments are not always accessible to some children and can have harmful side effects. Professor Richard Sullivan, Institute of Cancer Policy, comments on new drugs in development which target specific weaknesses within the cancer cells. He said: 'In order to improve the long term side effect profiles for the current regimens that we are using, we have to find new molecular targeted agents.'

Breast cancer screening dispute

BBC Radio 4, Inside Health 15th July 2014

Whilst Switzerland could become the first country in Europe to halt routine breast cancer screenings, the UK's NHS Breast Cancer Screening program looks set to continue. Dr Susan Bewley, Complex Obstetrics, comments on the debate. She said: 'Everyone must make her own decision, based on her preferences and her values, but we all need the same good quality information.'

Nursing guidelines

BBC Radio Five Live 15th July 2014

According to recommendations, hospitals in England should have a minimum of one nurse per eight patients. Jane Ball, National Nursing Research Unit, was involved in the review of evidence that led to the guidelines and commented on the importance of having enough nurses. She said: 'It's about making sure that the nurses we've got in post, stay in post.'

'It is a very dangerous world to be gay in'

Guardian 15th July 2014

S Chelvan, The Dickson Poon School of Law, was awarded Legal Aid Barrister of the Year at the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards ceremony last month. Over the past decade, Chelvan has campaigned across immigration and asylum law, and is best known for representing LGBTI clients fleeing from homophobic persecution. He commented: 'The reason I'm at the Bar is to be the mouthpiece for those who have no voice.'

'I would fight in Syria today if I could'

BBC News 15th July 2014

Following the decision of two teenage sisters to travel to Syria, concerns have been raised over the role of British women in the conflict. Melanie Smith, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has been monitoring the flow of people who have travelled to Syria from Europe. She said: 'These women appear to be motivated above all by the opportunity to respond to Baghdadi's call for them to form an integral part of the new 'Islamic state'.'

Chimpanzee brain power is strongly heritable

New Scientist 15th July 2014

New research suggests that chimpazee intelligence is highly heritable. Commenting on the research, Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "They are bang on with human results in showing substantial g and in showing that results in nearly all of the tests are significantly heritable," Also reported in Nature

Overhaul Defence Policy

New Indian Express 15th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion-piece on Defence policy under new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi: 'There is a new government in power and there are expectations that it will be able to give India’s moribund defence policy a new direction,' he said.

The Problem with BRICS

DNA (India) 15th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on relations between the BRICS countries as they meet in Brazil. India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Brazil for the annual BRICS Summit in Fortaleza and Brasilia, 'his first foray into multilateral diplomacy'. Dr Pant said: 'The dominance of China in the alliance has made other member nations wary of it.' Dr Pant's comments also appeared in Veja (Brazil).

The 'B' in BRICS: Beautiful or Bombastic?

The BRICS Post 15th July 2014

Professor Anthony Pereira, Director, King's Brazil Institute, writes an opinion piece on the changing relationships of the BRICS countries as they meetb in Brazil: 'The Sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil marks an interesting shift in the activities and discourse of the five-member bloc, and raises questions about what Brazil, in particular, hopes to gain from its involvement with this group,' he said.

Healthier living could prevent Alzheimer's

The Guardian 14th July 2014

3 in 10 cases of Alzheimer's disease could be prevented if people led healthier lifestyles, exercising more and not smoking, research by King's, Cambridge and San Fransisco suggests. Dr Sam Norton, co-author of the study, was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live, and Channel 4 News online. The study was reported internationally by Times of India, Economic Times (India), Veja (Brazil) and Istoé (Brazil).

Sitting on a powder keg

Telegraph (India) 14th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on what the Iraq crisis means for India: 'The Middle East is back, and back with a bang. For some time now, the West — the United States of America in particular — had lulled itself into believing that if it would only ignore the region, its problems would go away. After all, at a time of diminishing economic resources in the West, the Indo-Pacific, with a rising China at the centre of its changing strategic landscape, was the region that deserved greater attention,' he said.

Poor language skills costing the economy

BBC Radio Five Live 14th July 2014

A group of MPs has said that the UK is losing £50 billion a year due to poor language skills. Commenting on calls for languages to be treated as seriously as maths and sciences, Dr Simon Coffey, Education & Professional Studies, said: 'The fear is if you only speak one language then you only have one world view, and so you are less able to empathize with speakers of other languages.' Also reported by BBC London 94.9 FM, Breakfast.

Isis: Terror in Iraq

BBC Panorama 14th July 2014

In light of recent developments in Iraq, Shiraz Maher comments on Isis' objective to subjugate the population to its version of political Islam. He said: 'Unfortunately, at one stage or another, we are going to be drawn into a confrontation with them. The issue is, how long is that event horizon?'

Iran Nuclear Talks Remain Deadlocked

VOA (US) 14th July 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry held inconclusive meetings with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna Monday, as efforts continued to break the deadlock in talks on the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Dr Matthew Moran, War Studies, was interviewed: 'The domestic political sphere in Iran is characterized by factionalism. Iranian politicians, like anywhere else, they will disagree over a whole range of issues. But around the nuclear issue there is consensus. Around nuclear advancement there is consensus. So it’s quite difficult to roll back,' he said.

Brazil World Cup

CTV (Canada) 14th July 2014

Dr Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, was interviewed on CTV's Canada AM morning news programme, on the impact of the World Cup on Brazil.

Entrepeneurs need Mentors

Huffington Post (UK) 14th July 2014

Article about the benefits of mentoring mentions a recent report by King's which said mentoring of students in the NHS needed to be given a higher priority to improve levels of care.

Review of 'The Restoration of Rome' by Professor Peter Heather

Sunday Times Culture 13th July 2014

Dan Jones reviews 'The Restoration of Rome' by Professor Peter Heather, History, which argues that there have only been two long-lasting European empires: the Roman one and that of the Roman Catholic Church. According to Jones, the book 'presents an exciting and learned argument in a convincing, passionate way designed to be intelligible to a popular audience.'

Brainwashed to be Isis fangirls

Sunday Times News Review 13th July 2014

Whilst thousands of western-born Muslims have become radicalised through male preachers on the internet and social media, experts now say that women are becoming increasingly involved in recruiting. According to King's College London's International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation & Political Violence,up to 40 Isis 'fangirls' are active at any one time on social media.

Jihadi Videos Push Islamic Music's Austere Boundaries

NPR (US) 13th July 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is interviewed on how Islamic militants have been using modern media technology.

Piece of organic fruit or veg 'adds up to two of your five a day'

Daily Telegraph 12th July 2014

According to studies, eating organic fruit and vegetables could be the equivalent to two extra portions of the recommended five a day. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, was quoted saying that whilst the research does show differences between conventional and organic crops, he is not convinced these differences are nutritionally relevant. Also reported by BBC News, Daily Mail, Press Association, Guardian and BBC Radio 4, Today. Reported internationally by Veja (Brazil) and Huffington Post (US).

The secret life of your charity shop cast-offs

Daily Telegraph 12th July 2014

According to new findings, clothes that are donated in Britain are just as likely to end up being sold in a store in Africa as in the UK. Increasing numbers of young consumers in sub-Saharan countries prefer to buy Western fashions, even if they are cast-offs. Dr Andrew Brooks, Development Geography, stated that it is common for local salesmen in Mozambique to scuff new shoes made in China and conceal them among used European ones in a bid to make the footwear more attractive to young shoppers.

We have to clean up our city's filthy air

Evening Standard 12th July 2014

It has been reported that the only solution to London's worrying levels of pollution is to move away from diesel. This was prompted following findings carried out by researchers at King's College London which show that the levels of nitrogen dioxide on Oxford Street exceed the EU limits. Also reported by Daily Mail, BBC Radio Five Live and Independent.

Does Britain need a new Magna Carta?

Telegraph 12th July 2014

Following the publishing of a report put together by King's College London and a constitutional reform select committee, a national debate has been launched. The report, 'A New Magna Carta?', sets out arguments for and against a new written constitution for the UK.

Stem cell teeth grow at a science soiree

Newsweek (US) 12th July 2014

The annual Summer Science Exhibition, London, offers a select group of scientists and technologists the opportunity to showcase their latest research. This year, Professor Paul Sharpe, Dental Institute, exhibited his research into growing human teeth from stem cells - an advance that could put an end to dentures and implants.

Even low levels of drinking bad for heart, study says

Guardian 11th July 2014

A new study has found that as little as one alcoholic drink a day could increase the risk of heart disease, which contradicts previous studies showing that low consumption can have a protective effect. Professor Tim Spector, Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology, commented that the study 'rightly concludes we should not accept the dogma that alcohol drinking is good for us.' Also reported by the Times, NDTV (India), Hindustan Times (India), New York Daily News, Yahoo News (US), Huffington Post (US) and South China Morning Post.

Building harbours and roads would end piracy

Independent 11th July 2014

A study by King's College London and Oxford University has shown that Somalia's piracy problem could be solved by investing in local infrastructure. The report concluded that the building of harbours and roads would encourage locals from more remote areas to engage in legitimate trade and cease to offer protection to pirates. Also reported by Daily Mail.

UK failure to tackle air pollution 'longest ever breach of EU law'

Guardian 11th July 2014

The European court of justice was informed yesterday that Britain's failure to act on its breach of European air pollution limits was arguably one of the longest running infringements of EU law. This comes following a discovery by King's College London that found that levels of nitrogen dioxide on Oxford Street were some of the highest in the world.

Number of animal experiments continues to rise in UK

Guardian 11th July 2014

Despite the coalition's efforts to reduce the number of scientific experiments using animals, official figures show that they have continued to increase. Professor Roger Morris, acting head of Chemistry, commented that the studying of modified animals is important for understanding the early stages of complex diseases, including cancer and dementia, and monitoring their progression. Also reported by Press Association.

‘Asian Glow’ Gene Shows Drinking Less Cuts Heart Risk

Bloomberg (USA) 11th July 2014

Those who suffer from ‘Asian glow’, a type of facial flushing after a few drinks, should thank their genes for the side effect because it may help keep their hearts healthy. The gene in question is alcohol dehydrogenase 1B, or ADH1B. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research, commented: ‘Gene markers are often a better way of assessing behaviour than unreliable questionnaires,’ he said.

Nitrogen dioxide levels

BBC Radio Five Live 11th July 2014

In a report discussing the high nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK's major cities, there is mention of recent research by King's College London surrounding NO2 levels on Oxford Street.

Brazil’s World Cup a 7 Out of 10: Pereira

Bloomberg (US) 11th July 2014

Professor Anthony Perira, Brazil Institute, rates this year's World Cup and its impact on Brazil.

How good you are in solving maths problems could be in your genes

Times of India 11th July 2014

Around half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, according to new research from King's and the University of Oxford. Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, said: 'This is the first time we estimate genetic influence on learning ability using DNA alone. The study does not point to specific genes linked to literacy or numeracy, but rather suggests that genetic influence on complex traits, like learning abilities, and common disorders, like learning disabilities, is caused by many genes of very small effect size,' he said. Also reported by LA Times, NPR (US) and South China Morning Post.

Our liberties must not be given away lightly

Daily Telegraph 10th July 2014

Prompted by the upcoming 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, a proposal by the Commons political and constitutional committee has been published today promising a 'new democratic settlement'in the UK. Research from King's College London suggests a new document should be drawn up, incorporating all of the conventions and statutes that form part of our constitution. Also reported by BBC News, ITV News and Press Association.

Cadaver Liver Split into Two Saves Men from Across States and Faiths

The Indian Express 10th July 2014

It’s a paradox that most liver transplant surgeons will blankly refuse to deal with - handing the liver to one patient and sealing the other’s fate. Professor Mohamed Rela, Medicine, a liver transplant surgeon at Global Health City in Chennai said that of the 6,000-odd transplants that they had done there, only two-three had been split livers for adults.

What are you reading?

Times Higher Education 10th July 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Reader in Culture, Media & Creative Industries, commented on Caleb Crain's book 'Necessary Errors.' He said: 'I began it out of personal loyalty; I’m continuing for sheer literary pleasure.'

Cooling protects oxygen-deprived infants

BBC News 10th July 2014

New research suggests that brain damage in babies could be prevented by cooling. A study by King's College London found that treated babies had better mental and physical health to those untreated. Professor David Edwards, Perinatal Imaging and Health, said: 'The bottom line is that this doubles a child’s chance of normal survival.'
Also Reported by Nature.

Process of elimination

Times Higher Education 10th July 2014

Following the Charities Act 2006, students' unions have had restrictions and regulations placed on what they're able to do. The article refers to King's College London Students' Union who witnessed their motion to campaign against Israeli military action overturned.

The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers

Times Higher Education 10th July 2014

Professor Brian Hurwitz, Director of the Centre for Humanities and Health, reviews the book 'The Story of Pain, From Prayer to Painkillers' by Joanna Burke. He commented: 'Here at last is a work that in its historical reach and narrative plenitude returns sharable pain to our midst.'

Militants seize nuclear material

BBC Radio Five Live 10th July 2014

Iraq has warned the United Nations that international help is needed following the Sunni militants' seizing of nuclear material. Professor Wyn Bowen, Centre for Science and Security Studies, who acknowledged there was cause for concern, commented: 'The material involved doesn't appear to be high risk at all.'

Airport security

BBC Radio 4, Inside Science 10th July 2014

With the school holidays starting next week, Dr Brooke Rogers, Department of War Studies, comments on the security processes at the airport in identifying potential threats. She said: 'When we talk about the terrorist threat in the UK, we're not talking about a large number of individuals.'

New surveillance legislation

BBC Radio Five Live 10th July 2014

Emergency laws are to be passed by Parliament to oblige phone and internet companies to record their customers' calls. Professor John Gearson, Department of War Studies, said: 'The government is saying they have to rush through this legislation to keep things as they are.' Also reported by BBC London 94.9 FM.

New study says local infrastructure, especially roads, key to ending Somalia's piracy problem

Fox News (USA) 10th July 2014

A new study by two British universities says Somalia's piracy problem can be sustainably solved by building roads and harbors to encourage people in remote areas to engage in legitimate trade.
The study by Oxford University and King's College London says Somali clans do not offer protection to pirates if they have a steady stream of income from taxing trade in their ports and markets.

Genes that influence children's reading skills also affect their maths

The Guardian 9th July 2014

Many of the genes that affect how well a child can read at secondary school have an impact on their maths skills too, according to new research. Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "Children differ genetically in how easy or difficult they find learning, and we need to recognise, and respect, these individual differences." Also reported by Press Association, BBC News, Daily Telegraph, Free Press Journal, Mumbai,The Asian Age, New Delhi.

King's press release related to 'Genes that influence children's reading skills also affect their maths'

Bad at maths? Don’t blame it on your genes

The Times 9th July 2014

Some people may claim to be biologically wired to be bad at arithmetic, but a study suggests that most of the genes that influence maths skills are also linked to reading ability. Professor Robert Plomin, a geneticist at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry and the senior author of a study published in the journal Nature Communications, said: 'Environmental factors are primarily responsible for why people are better at one skill than another.'

Welcome to London - the planet's most toxic town

The Guardian 9th July 2014

A discussion of pollution in London, mentions that research from King's College London found nitrogen dioxide concentrations on Oxford Street to be worse than they are anywhere else on Earth. It also quotes Dr David Carslaw from King's College London, who led the research, as saying: 'To my knowledge this is the highest in the world in terms of both hourly and annual mean.'

Sleep deprivation can lead to schizophrenia symptoms

Times of India 9th July 2014

Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to schizophrenia-like symptoms in healthy people, according to research by King's and the University of Bonn. Also reported in India by the Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Indian Express and Hindustan Times.

World Cup football

BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine 9th July 2014

Professor Anthony Pereira, King's Brazil Institute, is interviewed about the consequences Brazil's recent loss against Germany in the World Cup semi-finals could have upon the host nation. He discussed the possibility of reform in Brazilian football and raised the question: Does football really need to remain so central to Brazilian national identity?

UK promises more Chevening scholarships in India

The Hindu 9th July 2014

India will see a four-fold increase in the budget for the prestigious Chevening scholarships in the next two years that will take the total number of scholarships awarded to Indians to 150 by 2015-2016. The budget allocation will increase from the present level of £600,000 to £ 2.4 million. These include the 12-week bespoke Chevening Gurukul programme at King’s College London and the 10-day intensive Chevening Parliamentary Programme for around 10 Indian parliamentarians at King’s.

24-hours of sleep deprivation leads to schizophrenia-like symptoms

Hindustan Times (India) 9th July 2014

Twenty-four hours of sleep deprivation can lead to conditions in healthy persons similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia, says a study. "It was clear to us that a sleepless night leads to impairment in the ability to concentrate," said professor Ulrich Ettinger from the University of Bonn in Germany. The discovery was made by an international team of researchers under the guidance of the University of Bonn and King's College, London. The study involved 24 healthy participants of both genders aged 18 to 40. In an initial run, the test subjects were asked to sleep normally in the laboratory.

Reagan-Era Weapons Hinder India Army as Modi Strives to Stem Decay

Bloomberg (US) 9th July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, is quoted in an article on the state of India's weaponry: 'The fact India has not been able to buy artillery is symptomatic of the problems of governance within its armed forces,' he said.

Big ticks companies

Financial Times 8th July 2014

King’s is named in the Financial Times’ Race for Opportunity Awards, which recognises business tackling barriers in the workplace faced by black people and those from other ethnic minorities.

Do I really need...?

Daily Mail 8th July 2014

Professor John Hawk, honorary consultant dermatologist, has commented on an after-sun gel which claims to 'activate the skin's biological repair system.' He said: 'The important thing to remember is that no after-sun product is going to be able to reduce damage caused by the sun.'

Beheading #WorldCup Shows Islamic State’s Online Savvy

Bloomberg (US) 8th July 2014

Tweets and online videos are emerging as weapons of war in the Islamic State’s campaign to seize a swath of Iraq, with the al-Qaeda offshoot’s use of social media dwarfing efforts by other militant groups. It also has postings of smiling children, pet birds and German pancakes. A photo posted elsewhere online purports to show a militant in Syria posing in a grocery store with a jar of Nutella, the hazelnut-chocolate spread popular in Europe. Joseph Carter, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: ‘Part of it is a charm offensive, people trying to normalize the Islamic State and make it acceptable to the audience in the West.’

Blood test breakthrough in search for Alzheimer's cure

The Guardian 8th July 2014

Scientists identify 10 proteins which can predict onset of disease over 12 months in those with mild memory loss. Dr Abdul Hye, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "There are thousands of proteins in the blood, and this study is the culmination of many years’ work identifying which ones are clinically relevant." Also reported in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Reuters, Washington Post, TIME magazine, CBS News, Chicago Tribune, New Scientist, TIME magazine online, Reuters, CBS News, Al Jazeera, The Week, Fox News, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Independent, Times of India, Xinhua, South China Morning Post, Daily Mirror, Financial Times, Press Association, Health Service Journal, The Independent, New York Daily News The Times of India, Chennai, Kolkata,The Hindu, Hyderabad, China daily, Abril.com. Broadcast coverage on Al Jazeera, CBS News, BBC Radio 4 Today programme, BBC local radios, Channel 4 News, BBC News at 6pm, LBC.

King's press release related to 'Blood test breakthrough in search for Alzheimer's cure'

Can staying awake all night help combat depression?

Daily Mail 8th July 2014

Commenting on whether sleep deprivation can help combat depression, Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, says: 'By putting sleep deprivation with other sleep-related therapies that have shown some effectiveness in depression, there is a reasonable expectation the antidepressant action will be stronger and more sustained."

'Jihadistan': Can Isis militants rule seized territory?

BBC News 8th July 2014

Since the beginning of June, Isis - which has recently rebranded itself as an "Islamic State" - has burst out of its stronghold in eastern Syria to seize Mosul, Iraq's second city, then advance down the length of the Euphrates Valley to threaten the edge of Baghdad itself. Wherever it has taken over, its black-clad and balaclava'd fighters have imposed a draconian version of Sharia, or Islamic law, prompting thousands to flee as refugees.Shiraz Maher, an expert on the Syrian jihad at King's College London, says there is little appetite for concerted international action to dislodge them.

Alzheimer's Blood Test Progress Boosts British Biotech Company

The Wall Street Journal (USA) 8th July 2014

Shares in Proteome Sciences PLC jumped 12% in early trading Tuesday after the biomarker discovery company said a study it co-authored with King's College London marks a significant step' towards developing a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

Is reliance on airport security technology putting us at greater risk?

Al jazeera America 8th July 2014

Security is being tightened at European and Middle East airports operating direct flights into the United States, following what is believed to be a 'credible threat' from Syrian and Yemen-based al-Qaeda affiliates with access to European passports, bomb-making skills and new explosive technologies. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, writes about methods to increase security at airports.

Cleric popular with militants faces new restrictions

USA Today 7th July 2014

A US federal judge has cracked down on the travel and computer activities of a Dearborn cleric popular worldwide with the extremist militant group ISIS. Article mentions a recent report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which found that Jebril has become the most popular cleric for Western fighters in Syria. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said: ‘He has been directly in touch with a number of foreign fighters, even with the families of fallen foreign fighters.’

Living with the consequences of assisted dying

Guardian 7th July 2014

In a letter to the Guardian, Professor Matthew Hotopf, Institute of Psychiatry, writes: "We strongly advocate for compassionate end-of-life care, but argue that assisted suicide is not merely an extension of current practice and should not be construed as such."

Video shows militant leader emerging at sermon in Iraq

New York Times (US) 7th July 2014

Feature on a 21-minute video released by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said that the video was, 'a sign of confidence' and a, 'message to all these other jihadists, this is really happening, it's not going to go away anytime soon.'

Oxford Street is the most polluted place in the world, say scientists

The Independent 7th July 2014

Principal Air Quality Scientist, Dr. David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, commented on the air pollution levels on Oxford Street. He told the Sunday Times that the concentration of the toxic pollutant nitrogen dioxide on the high street is the highest in the world. Also reported by the Evening Standard.

20 best Android apps and games this week

Guardian 7th July 2014

An app developed by the Environmental Research Group has been listed in the Guardian's top 20 Android apps and games this week. The app, City Air, informs Londoners about likely air quality across the capital and offers tips on how to reduce exposure and emissions.

Thai Rice and Nigerian Politics

The New York Times 7th July 2014

In the upcoming Nigerian elections a King's alumni is in the running. Even the opposition agreed that he was a fine gentleman, an intellectual with a doctorate in social science from King’s College London.

Oxford Street worst in the world for diesel pollution

The Sunday Times 6th July 2014

Dr David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, was quoted in relation to air pollution levels on Oxford Street. He said: 'To my knowledge this [level] is the highest in the world in terms of both hourly and annual mean. NO2 concentrations [in Oxford Street] are as high as they have ever been in the long history of air pollution.' Also reported by ITV News London and Metro.

What's a caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government

MSN News (USA) 6th July 2014

Experts say, this has more to do with the Sunni militant group's rivalry with al-Qaida than with any plan to replicate the last caliphate. Dr Carool Kersten, said: 'The Islamic State prefers a comparison to the 'Golden Age' of the four original caliphs, which would cast the radical group's caliphate as a return to Islam's 'perceived 'pristine' origins'.

Spy agencies fear export of jihadi terror

FInancial Times 4th July 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, commented on the mentality of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. He said: 'They are obedient and they are willing. They are like child soldiers. They do what they are told to.'

Europe's busiest airports boost screening over US fears of militants using hard-to-detect bombs

Economic Times (India) 4th July 2014

US officials publicly demanded enhanced security for airports in Europe and the Middle East which have direct US flights. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, said that for extremist groups, bringing down an aircraft was the, 'ultimate prize'. 'If the attackers succeed, it will be spectacular for them,' she said. Also reported by NDTV (India).

Celebrate the Fourth of July by Making Your Own Fireworks

Scientific American 4th July 2014

Sparklers are great, but it’s hard for us to hold more than two at a time. Scientists at the Center for Robotics Research at King's are hard at work on a robotic octopus. The researchers are drawing inspiration from the way octopi coordinate their many soft, flexible limbs to build a many-armed machine to help out in difficult surgery.

Gene linked to higher stroke risk

BBC News (Online) 3rd July 2014

Scientists at King's have identified a gene that may put people at greater risk of strokes and heart attacks. They say that developing a genetic test could help predict people at highest risk, which would allow doctors to suggest more potent medication or lifestyle changes. Professor Albert Ferro, Cardiovascular Division, said: 'We would now need to validate this test and see how useful it is in the clinical world.' This was also reported by the Daily Mail and Xinhua.

Campus close up - Monty Python

Times Higher Education 3rd July 2014

John Cleese and Terry Jones joined a symposium at King's London to explore religion through the lens of their film Life of Brian. The Monty Python stars spoke about the 1979 film with the Reverend Canon Richard Burridge, dean of King’s College London, as part of a three-day religious studies conference.

Enrich your research with a creative, engaging approach

Times Higher Education 3rd July 2014

Article discussing collaboration within the arts sector and how it can be beneficial for universities. Notes that Dr Ricarda Vidal, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, gave an interactive presentation on her 'translation games' project last week at at the Culture, Creativity and the Academy Conference, organised by the Culture Capital Exchange and held at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

H. G. Wells’ Socialism and the Great State

Times Higher Education 3rd July 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, reviews H. G. Wells’ Socialism and the Great State.

One glass of wine or a beer at the age of 14 could set teenagers on the path to binge drinking, new study finds

Daily Mail 3rd July 2014

A new study has identified a range of life experience, personality and brain structure which are strong determinants of future alcohol use. Professor Gunter Schumann, Institute of Psychiatry, who was involved in the study, says: "We aimed to develop a ‘gold standard’ model for predicting teenage behaviour, which can be used as a benchmark for the development of simpler, widely applicable prediction models." Also reported by Press Association, Daily Telegraph, The Scotsman.

Hypnosis: The day my mind was 'possessed'

BBC online 3rd July 2014

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry are studying how hypnosis can turn healthy subjects into ‘virtual patients’ suffering delusions, such as being possessed by a paranormal entity, allowing them to understand the underlying illness in a new way, and potentially find treatments. Dr Mitul Mehta, Dr Eamonn Walsh and Dr Quinton Deeley are the IoP team leading the research.

We must not deprive dying people of the most important protection

British Medical Journal 3rd July 2014

An article by Rob George, Cicely Saunders Institute, in response to a recent article by Ray Tallis supporting Charles Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill. He said: 'Legalising medical treatment intended to end life is a momentous step: it alters the very nature of medicine at a stroke.'

Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

Independent 3rd July 2014

Natalie Haynes reviews this book written by Professor Edith Hall, Classics. The review notes that Professor Hall has taken on the task of providing an introductory history to all these Greeks - a diverse group who lived across 2,000 years.

UK terror threats

Sky News 3rd July 2014

Professor John Gearson is interviewed by Sky News on the tightening of security measures at airports which follows US warnings. He said: 'This particular announcement is the result of several months of discussions in the security community in America who have been very concerned about the number of foreign fighters going to Syria and now Iraq.' Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was interviewed on the detecting of explosives by BBC Radio 4 PM and also by BBC Radio 2 Drivetime.

Airport Security Tightened

BBC World News 3rd July 2014

Airport security is being tightened at airports with direct flights into the US in response to American warnings. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is interviewed.

Instability in Iraq Fuels Kurdish Independence Move

VOA (US) 3rd July 2014

The president of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government has told VOA the situation in the country has increased the urgency of creating an independent Kurdish state. Bill Park, Defence Studies, said: 'They want to present themselves as not so much declaring independence from a functioning, ongoing Iraqi state, but being forced into independence as a consequence of the chaos around them.'

What's a Caliphate? News puts focus on ancient form of government

Miami Herald (US) 3rd July 2014

When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria announced Sunday that it was changing its name and reviving the caliphate, the news lit up the Internet and headlined news reports around the world. Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, answers questions on the Caliphate: 'The move is an effort by the group to make strategic use of powerful historic and religious symbols,' he said. Also reported by O Globo (Brazil) and Middle East Eye.


Go beyond cut-offs, study abroad

Hindustan Times (India) 2nd July 2014

Nearly 3,000 Indian students go overseas every year for university education, which costs India a foreign exchange outflow of $15 to $20 billion per year. King's is described as one of the UK's top institutions.

Leverage goodwill in Dhaka

DNA 2nd July 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India's relations with Bangladesh: 'External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has returned from a successful visit to Bangladesh. In line with the Modi government's focus on strengthening ties with South Asian neighbours, this visit was timely and will have a positive impact on Dhaka-Delhi ties, especially as Swaraj chose Bangladesh for her first stand-alone foreign visit since assuming office,' he said.

Feedback tool helps improve teamwork

Nursing Standard 2nd July 2014

Researchers in Nursing & Midwifery have helped develop a tool that encourages multidisciplinary teams to work together better. Lead researcher, Cathy Taylor, said: 'While there is a high level of agreement about the characteristics of effective multidisciplinary teams, until now there has been no structured way for teams to monitor their work.'

Major stem-cell findings retracted

BBC News (Online) 2nd July 2014

Research into one of the biggest recent stem-cell 'breakthroughs' has been withdrawn because of 'critical errors'. Japanese scientists had claimed stem cells could be made cheaply, quickly and ethically just by dipping blood cells into acid, but have now written a retraction that apologises for 'multiple errors' in their report. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, said: 'It is easy to be judgmental, and pointing fingers after all is over. Gaining knowledge is difficult. It requires both time and persistence, I hoped that Haruko Obokata would prove at the end all those naysayers wrong. Unfortunately, she did not. The technology, indeed, sounded too good to be true, though I still find fascinating how a 30-year-old scientist could pass scrutiny of her co-workers and multiple reviewers in Nature with a complete fabrication.' This was also reported by the Times.

Online tool allows IBD patients to measure fatigue levels

Nursing Times 2nd July 2014

Crohn’s and Colitis UK has launched an online tool for patients with inflammatory bowel disease to measure their fatigue levels. The charity said that patients will be able to measure the severity and impact of their fatigue 'objectively' using a new IBD Fatigue Scale, which has been developed in partnership with researchers at King’s College London and Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

The war on terror didn’t defeat al-Qaeda. But ISIS could.

The Washington Post 2nd July 2014

One of the great ironies of the current battle for Iraq is that for all the billions spent on the war on terror, all the bullets fired, all the lives lost, what may ultimately defeat al-Qaeda isn’t the United States or another Western power. Peter Neumann, who studies radicalization at King’s College London, “For ideological jihadists, the caliphate is the ultimate aim, and ISIS — in their eyes — have come closer to realizing that vision than anyone else…. This could be the end of al-Qaeda…. This could mark the end of Bin Laden’s vision and his legacy.”

Greer quits 'white, male' blue plaques panel

Daily Telegraph 1st July 2014

Bonnie Greer has become the latest figure to step down from the Blue Plaques Panel, the committee that awards blue plaques, saying that she refuses to be its 'token black woman'.The writer and critic follows Gillian Darley, the architecture critic, and Professor David Edgerton, History, whose resignations came to light at the weekend.

The invasive IVF checks most women do not need

Daily Mail 1st July 2014

Doctors have warned that thousands of women trying for a baby through IVF are being given unnecessary and expensive procedures to examine the womb. Dr Yacoub Khalaf, Women's Health, said: 'In some clinics, the first thing they do is hysteroscopy before the patients get any IVF. It’s standard in some clinics and could cost £2,000 to £3,000 under general anaesthetic. It’s an unpleasant experience and this study shows it does not add value.' This was also reported by the Evening Standard.

How being switched to cheaper drugs could put you at risk

Daily Mail 1st July 2014

A migraine sufferers problems were kept at bay with Topamax. However, her symptoms returned in June last year when her GP switched her from Topamax to a generic version of the epilepsy drug. Professor Jayne Lawrence, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, stresses that in the vast majority of cases people won't notice a difference.

Better mentoring must be priority for trusts, not 'soft option' for cuts

Nursing Times 1st July 2014

Dr Sarah Robinson, National Nursing Research Unit, has claimed that the mentoring of students must be a higher priority for those seeking to improve nurse education and the overall quality of care. She said: 'Everyone is anxious about quality of care and student nurse education and mentorship is a really important part of that'

Tajikistan must release academic

Guardian 1st July 2014

Professor Brian Salter, Deputy Head of the department of Political Economy, signs this letter calling for the release of academic, Alexander Sodiqov, who has been detained in Tajikistan.

If hay fever's giving you hell, try laying off the kiwi fruit

Daily Mail 30th June 2014

As Britain faces one of the worst seasons of hayfever for years, Dr Stephen Till, Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory Science, comments on related allergies: 'Fruit and nuts are a giant version of pollen but cooking makes them instantly tolerable.'

The war on terror didn’t defeat al-Qaeda. But ISIS could

Washington Post (US) 30th June 2014

The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a declaration of war, according to experts including Professor Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. He said: 'They [Isis] haven't lost any of the momentum they gained when capturing Mosul. On the contrary, they've held on to it, gained more territory and have seen jihadists from other groups swear allegiance to Isis.' Original reporting by Press Association.

Dangers of fruit juice: Why the high sugar drink should be banned

Daily Express 30th June 2014

Britains war on obesity must start with sugary drinks. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, called for all sugary drinks to be removed from children’s diets. He said: 'Kids should be getting their fluid from drinking water. We need to reintroduce the habit of people putting a jug of water on the table and drinking water with their food instead of some sort of fruity beverage.' This was also reported by the Sun.

Proclamation of Islamic Caliphate

BBC World Service 30th June 2014

Professor Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, is interviewed on the proclamation of an Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria by ISIS: 'Historically the Caliphate is seen by Muslims the world over as a genuine means of political organisation,' he said. (1.00-5.30). Professor Kersten was also interviewed by Radio Free Europe, Middle East Eye, BBC News Channel and BBC World News.

Meet your Dr Octopus: Surgical Octo Arms

Scientific American 30th June 2014

A team of researchers is hoping to use inspiration from the octopus’s flexibility and chemical complexity to develop a new tool for surgeons to use in the operating room. Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Director of the Center for Robotics Research, said that, 'the findings by our colleagues could be extremely valuable to provide us with a biologically inspired solution. These discoveries could suggest ways robotic arms could be coordinated in their actions to perform an operation, possibly at a point very deep inside a patient’s anatomy.'

Rolf Harris' conviction

Sky News 30th June 2014

Dr Richard Howells, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, comments on the conviction of family entertainer, Rolf Harris. Dr Howells said that in addition to the affect it obviously had on his victims and indeed Harris himself, there was a 'collective loss of innocence' when such a formerly well-loved family entertainer such as this was found to have been leading a sexual double life. Howells hoped, however, that such verdicts would not lead to a wider public belief that no-one in the entertainment industry, social or public life was ever worthy of trust. Dr Howells was also interviewed on LBC radio.

Should Sharapova serve sugar?

Independent 29th June 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, has criticised tennis player Maria Sharapova for endorsing a range of confectionery. He said: 'I find sporting celebrity endorsements of unhealthy foods such as sweets and soft drinks reprehensible. The use of player’s clothing to promote cigarettes was outlawed almost 30 years ago – now it is time to crackdown on player endorsement of unhealthy foods.'

Polluted city air stunts babies’ lungs in womb

The Sunday Times 29th June 2014

Scientists at King’s have warned that air pollution is stunting the growth of children’s lungs. Dr Ian Mudway, Environmental Research Group, said: ‘Children are vulnerable because their lungs are developing so fast and their defences are not evolved. They also spend more time outside.’

Isis announces caliphate in 'declaration of war'

Guardian 29th June 2014

The announcement of a formal Islamic state by insurgents in Syria and Iraq is a declaration of war, according to experts including Professor Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. He said: 'They [Isis] haven't lost any of the momentum they gained when capturing Mosul. On the contrary, they've held on to it, gained more territory and have seen jihadists from other groups swear allegiance to Isis.' Also reported by Press Association, Daily Mail, Independent and Huffington Post.

Iraq receives Russian fighter jets

BBC Radio Five Live 29th June 2014

Paul Schulte, War Studies, was interviewed about the significance of Tikrit in the battle for power in Iraq. Item begins at 1.06.00.

Internet of Things

BBC Radio Five Live 29th June 2014

Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, participated in a discussion about the ‘Internet of Things.' He said it would bring a 'completely new era' akin to the invention of the internet. Discussion begins at 7.15.

Eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court India's Modi

Reuters (India) 29th June 2014

Western governments are rushing to visit India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government prepares to open the nascent defense industry to foreign investment. Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, said: 'All the countries are trying to make their case, especially as there is the sense that the Indian market will undergo a shift.' Also appeared in NDTV, Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Economic Times, and in the US in Reuters and the New York Times.

ISIS jihadists fighting in Syria, Iraq crucifies 9 men, establishes ‘caliphate’

Times of India 29th June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is mentioned as estimating that round 80 per cent of western fighters in Syria have joined the group. Also appeared in Deccan Chronicle, Economic Times, Livemint, and India Today.

The Royal activist

BBC Radio 4 29th June 2014

In an documentary looking at Prince Charles' unique career as an activist, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, comments on how far the monarch can go in politics. He said: 'We have no constitution, by convention the Queen has the right to be consulted, to encourage and to warn. The Prince of Wales has no right to be consulted but he does have the right to encourage and to warn.' (04.55)

A conflict that shaped the modern world

New York Times (US) 28th June 2014

Analysis of the legacy of WW1 includes comment by Professor Lawrence Freedman, War Studies.

The War to End All Wars? Hardly, but It Did Change Them Forever

NDTV 28th June 2014

Analysis of the legacy of WW1 includes comment by Professor Lawrence Freedman, War Studies: 'The sense that the war was futile and unnecessary still hangs over a lot of the discussion in Britain,' he said.

Lithium-water in suicide study

Daily Mail 27th June 2014

Professor Allan Young, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on a study looking at levels of lithium in drinking water. He said: "We have a considerable body of evidence that suggests that high levels of the chemical in the water supply could save lives." Also reported by Press Association.

Heartbreaking last picture of new mother who died two days after giving birth

Daily Mail 27th June 2014

Professor Andrew Shennan, Women’s Health, commented on the death of a new mother two days after giving birth. He said pre-eclampsia was the most likely explanation, adding: ‘Around two days after birth can be a risky time it has gone undetected because the blood pressure builds up and can cause a stroke.’

Telling the story of war and peace

New Statesman 27th June 2014

Professor Bill Philpott, War Studies, was interviewed about historical interpretations of World War One. He dismissed the work of Sir Max Hastings, who has reopened the argument over whether the war has been necessary, as ‘broad-brush and judgemental.’

UK's Cameron opposes Juncker's election

CNN (US) 27th June 2014

Professor Christoph Meyer, sheds light on the European Commision leadership tussle: 'Cameron has little influence at the European level,' he said.

Enquiry to investigate arts access for young people

Arts Professional 27th June 2014

The various ways in which successive governments have tried to provide access to the arts for children and young people is to be the subject of a short Cultural Enquiry by King’s. The Enquiry will assess the impact of policies and plans that have been developed and implemented since 1945, shedding light on successes and failures, and using lessons learned to propose models for the future and evidence-based recommendations for action.

Public urged to ditch soft drinks in obesity battle

The Times 26th June 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said parents should replace fizzy drinks with water at the dinner table in order to cut sugar intake: ‘People need to get back into the habit of putting a jug of water on the table. People just don’t drink water any more.’ Professor Sanders' comments were also mentioned on BBC Radio 4 Today, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio 2 and BBC London 94.9. His recommendation was also reported by Press Association, BBC News Online, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Sky News and Guardian.

Improvement by degree or natural talent?

Times Higher Education 26th June 2014

Professor Alison Wolf, Management, commented on methodical assumptions made by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills in their report on the economic returns of higher and further education. She said: ‘I had no idea they didn’t take [signalling] into account at all,’ adding that failing to account for it was ‘bad policy and bad economics’.

King Harry would be no bad thing

The Times 26th June 2014

In an article championing Prince Harry as a future King, there is mention of a popularity poll conducted by King’s and Ipsos MORI, in which he came third.

Milestone in Naval Prowess

Indian Express 26th June 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on the state of the Indian navy: 'Describing the addition of INS Vikramaditya to the Indian Navy as a “historic” step and underscoring India’s growing naval prowess, prime minister Narendra Modi a few days ago dedicated India’s largest warship off the Goa coast in Arabian Sea to the nation,' he said.

Improving quality of life in dying patients

Tribune (India) 26th June 2014

Article about the importance of palliative care, written by Taranjit Singh, who took the MSc in palliative care at the Cecily Saunder’s Institute: ‘Palliative care is aimed at improving care of the elderly through something called “Active Total Care.” This involves treating pain and other medical symptoms, while at the same time offering social, emotional and spiritual support,’ he said

Protective paint for your teeth could banish the dentist's drill

Daily Mail 25th June 2014

Further reporting of the new discovery by the Dental Institute that could encourage teeth to self repair.

How ISIS is winning the online war for Iraq

New Scientist 25th June 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on the online activity of ISIS. He said two-way online interaction ‘humanises’ ISIS fighters, adding: ‘A 19-year-old from Bradford finds a 19-year-old from Leeds in Syria and they find they have a lot in common, making it all a bit more real.’

From Syria to Iraq, Kenya to Malaysia: How new era of Islamic fundamentalism is spreading fear and chaos around the world

Daily Mail 25th June 2014

Andreas Kreig, War Studies, commented on the recent rise in extremism, arguing that Islam is not to blame. He said: ‘When communities become disenfranchised - and lot of them are muslim - they use Islam to further their particular cause. They adhere to a radical interpretation of Islam, but it has nothing to do with the religion.'

Court rulings renew debate on euthanasia in Europe

Seattle Times (US) 25th June 2014

One French court acquitted a doctor of poisoning seven terminally ill patients while another ordered physicians to suspend treatment for a comatose man. Another — Britain’s top court — said the country’s ban on aid in dying may be incompatible with human rights. The decisions of the past few days are fueling the arguments of Europeans who say the duty of doctors is to end the suffering of patients who are beyond treatment. Aid in dying is illegal in Britain, although rarely prosecuted. Wednesday’s ruling from the British Supreme Court was unexpectedly far-reaching. Although it dismissed the appeal from two severely disabled men who argued the law should be changed to allow doctors to legally kill them, a majority of judges suggested that Parliament change the law to be in line with human-rights guarantees. Professor Penney Lewis, Law, said: 'It’s the strongest thing they could do, short of overturning the law.'

Beyond cure? Europe euthanasia rulings sear debate

Daily Mail 25th June 2014

Professor Penney Lewis, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented that recent legal judgements in Europe follow a trend of broadening legal acceptance for euthanasia and assisted suicide. She said: ‘I think public opinion has been there a lot longer than the legal opinion.’ Professor Lewis' comments were reported by Press Association and Guardian.

Officers arrest 450 in knife crime operation

BBC London News 25th June 2014

Professor Ben Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, commented on a campaign to tackle knife crime in London. He said knife crime is ‘too serious a problem to be left to the police alone’, adding that good parenting and local community work are other important factors.

Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis use

Reuters 24th June 2014

Genes that increase the risk of a person developing schizophrenia may also increase the chance they will use cannabis, according to new research from the Institute of Psychiatry. "We know that cannabis increases the risk of schizophrenia. Our study certainly does not rule this out, but it suggests that there is likely to be an association in the other direction as well – that a pre-disposition to schizophrenia also increases your likelihood of cannabis use," said Robert Power, IoP, who led the study. Also reported by the Daily Mail, Reuters (India), The Australian, New Zealand Herald, Asian Age (India), NDTV (India), LA Times, Chicago Tribune, NBC News (US), Veja (Brazil), and The Economist amongst others.

King's press release related to 'Study finds genetic links between schizophrenia and cannabis use'

One man's cure for a painful gut... eating stale bread

Daily Mail 24th June 2014

A report on Roy Anderson who after 40 years of failed treatments for his Crohn's disease, found that old bread was the only thing that helped. One of those looking at the use of probiotics for gut conditions is Professor Ingvar Bjarnason, Diabetes, Endocrinology & Internal Medicine. He said that it might not simply be that boosting good bacteria is important - trying to get rid of 'bad' bacteria may also be key

Higgs Boson Theorist Says Universe Shouldn't Exist

NBC News (US) 24th June 2014

Robert Hogan, Physics, argues that the universe shouldn't exist.

The Regional Disorder in West Asia

Business Standard (India) 24th June 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, writes an opinion piece arguing that Even as West Asia seems poised for an extended period of sectarian conflict, Delhi cannot lose sight of its national interests.

London university hits back after warning of spike in crime rates around campus

Evening Standard 24th June 2014

The Complete University Guide has released a report on crime rates in London, which mentions areas surrounding King's. Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and BBC News Online.

Freaky Higgs Physics Suggests The Universe Shouldn't Exist

Huffington Post 24th June 2014

The universe shouldn't exist, according to researchers at King’s. Modelling of conditions soon after the Big Bang suggests the universe should have collapsed just microseconds after its explosive birth. Robert Hogan, Department of Physics, said: ‘We are here talking about it. That means we have to extend our theories to explain why this didn't happen.’ His comments were also reported by Daily Mail.

Controversial Seralini study linking GM to cancer in rats is republished

Guardian 24th June 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, has questioned the reliability of a study linking genetically modified food to cancer in rats. His comments were also reported by New Scientist.

Modi’s Muscle Team: Flexing a New National Security?

Foreign Policy (US) 24th June 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on prospects for India's foreign policy: 'The world’s largest democracy may have elected Narendra Modi as India’s 15th Prime Minister, but the ranks of Modi’s national security team – spanning domestic security, defence, finance, and external affairs – were chosen by the prime minister himself, offering a window into the likely trajectory of India’s foreign policy priorities,'he said.

Healthier ways for you to liven up salad days

Daily Mirror 23rd June 2014

An article about the health benefits of salads and salad dressings notes that researchers from King's have found that a chemical reaction occurs in the stomach when we eat lettuce and olive oil together. Professor Philip Eaton, Cardiovascular Division, is quoted.

Fabricant and a party's true colours

Independent 23rd June 2014

An opinion piece about ethnic minorities not trusting the Tory party mentions data analysis from Professor Richard Webber, Geography, which supports this conclusion. This was also reported by Independent i.

Vote no, Scotland, or become a fax democracy

Guardian 23rd June 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, comments on the referendum on Scottish independence, following John Major's comment that the plebiscite is more important than next year's general election. He said: 'Independence is a once and for all decision and almost certainly irreversible. A majority of one for independence, on however small a turnout, will be accepted at Westminster as final.'

Political intrusion can be a necessity

Financial Times 23rd June 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, comments on political intervention in the NHS. He said: 'High quality global journalism requires investment. It is hardly surprising if UK ministers continue to intervene in the National Health Service on such supposedly “operational” matters as the numbers attending accident and emergency departments and waiting time targets. These are, after all, matters which can determine election outcomes.'

Japan's total care vision for an ageing population

Health Service Journal 23rd June 2014

In the second article for this HSJ series, Dr Mayumi Hayashi, Social Science, Health & Medicine, says that Japan’s healthcare has changed radically and sets the right example for the UK, with its older population rising to one in three by 2025.

Crop sprays 'raise risk of autism in unborn children

Daily Mail 23rd June 2014

Commenting on new research linking autism with pesticides, Dr Geoff Bird, Institute of Psychiatry says: ‘Parents of children with autism are more likely to show autistic-like traits. It may be that parents of autistic children prefer to live in less densely populated places which just happen to be closer to farms which just happen to use pesticides.’

Lorna Wing obituary

Guardian 23rd June 2014

Obituary of psychiatrist Lorna Wing, who has died aged 85, and who revolutionised the way autism was regarded. From 1964 until 1990 she worked at the Medical Research Council social psychiatry unit, at the Institute of Psychiatry.

Will Afghanistan be the next Iraq?

Foreign Policy (US) 23rd June 2014

Article quotes Professor Antonio Giutozzi, War Studies, who said in a report released by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit in May, that 'a serious political crisis at the top (for example, following the 2014 presidential elections) would weaken state legitimacy further and seriously damage morale in the ANA.'

Let's be honest about the risks and the pleasures for drug users

The Guardian 22nd June 2014

Dr Adam Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry, writes "We need an honest dialogue in this country that accepts that drugs can be incredibly dangerous but also that there are ways that people can use them that moderate their risk of harm."

Father of British Islamist fighter urges son to come home

Reuters TV (India) 22nd June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann is interviewed about a recruitment video by radical Islamist group ISIL calling on Australian and British nationals to join the jihad in Syria and Iraq: 'It signifies that they believe they have momentum right now, they want to capitalize on that momentum, they want to get people who are maybe on the brink of going, people in western countries like Britain who are saying maybe I should go but I'm not entirely sure, to get them to come,' he said.

Beat about the Bush

Financial Times 21st June 2014

A feature focusing on Shepherd's Bush in London. Article quotes Chris Hamnett, Geography, on 20th-century urban planners.

Pay may be in the mind

The Times 21st June 2014

Patients with unexplained pains should be seen by a mental health expert alongside a physical specialist because they are just as likely to have a psychiatric disorder, according to Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry and new President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The new security agenda

Business Standard (India) 21st June 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on the foreign policy of new Indian prime minister Narendra Modi: 'While his new government's focus remains squarely on domestic policy issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also charted out a rather ambitious course in foreign policy over the next few months,' he said.

ISIS Jihadists send video message to English speakers: Join us

NBC News (US) 21st June 2014

Report mentions a study released in December by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, which estimated that there are up to 11,000 foreign fighters in Syria. Of that number, the report estimated, up to 2,000 fighters come from Western European countries.

Continuing Isis campaign

BBC Radio 4 - The World Tonight 20th June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is interviewed about the social media campaign of Isis militants and said: 'In a way, whilst Isis is an incredibly brutal organisation, I think we're getting distracted by the fact that they are being so brutal but what we should think about is of Isis as a corporate entity.'(17.09) Professor Neumann was also quoted by Financial Times, Daily Express. Joseph Carter, also from the ICSR was quoted by the Times, Independent, Huffington Post (UK) and Press Association. He said: 'There's no question that the purpose is to attract Western audiences and to convince them to come.' Andreas Kreig, War Studies, told the Daily Mail that the sectarian dynamics between Sunni, Shi'ite and Kurds, which are fuelling the current conflict, have existed for centuries. Figures from the ICSR were mentioned in Daily Telegraph coverge of the continuing crisis. Dr Carool Kersten, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, explained the Sunni-Shia divide for the BBC News Channel. Rupert Sutton, a former researcher at the ICSR, was also interviewed by BBC London 94.9 on the topic of monitoring the security threat. Figures from the ICSR are also reported by the Independent and Bill Park, Defence Studies, was interviewed on the BBC News Channel on the topic of related security issues.

Controlling our borders

BBC Radio 4 20th June 2014

Dr Shereen Hussein, King’s Policy Institute, is interviewed about the experience of older Turkish migrants in the UK in a programme exploring the world of immigration control.

China is India's main security concern: American think-tan

Economic Times (India) 20th June 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India-China relations: ‘India is rather belatedly gearing up to respond to China's rise with a mix of internal consolidation and external partnerships. The most important element in this matrix is India's emerging strategic partnership with the United States,’ he said. The article also appeared in Outlook (India).

Iraq Insurgents Reaping Wealth as They Advance

New York Times (US) 20th June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is quoted in an article on the ISIS incursion into Iraq: 'The more territory they hold, the more they will become self-reliant. That is one of the dangers and why they have to be stopped. If they become self-reliant and can start paying people salaries and such, that makes it much harder to dislodge them,' he said. The article also appeared in the Seattle Times and CNBC (US), Sunday Business Standard (India), Times of India, Sunday Times (India) and NDTV (India).

Kurdistan’s Moment? Ctd

Atlantic Monthly (US) 20th June 2014

Massimiliano Fiore, War Studies, cites a CIA document found in the US Embassy in Tehran and subsequently published, which reportedly attested that the Kurds aided Israel’s military in the June 1967 (Six Day) War by launching a major offensive against the Iraqi Army.

University–run maths colleges to close gap with Far East

Daily Telegraph 19th June 2014

The Department for Education reveals that two specialist maths schools, run by King's College London and Exeter University, will open this September to improve standards in the subject. Professor Alison Wolf, Management, who is chairman of the school’s trustees, said: 'Maths is the language of the modern world, and of our future. For too long, we had a downward spiral in this country – fewer students studying advanced maths, fewer good maths teachers, fewer English academics in university mathematics departments.'

Terror alert will 'haunt' UK for years

Daily Express 19th June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has said that Western countries faced a 'significant' risk from a minority of their citizens who joined extremist militias such as Isis. This was also reported by the Daily Mirror and Press Association.

FutureLearn ‘delighted’ at response to first Moocs

Times Higher Education 19th June 2014

New figures show that participation rates for the first massive open online courses offered by FutureLearn have received more than one in 10 students signing up. Article notes that the Understanding Drugs and Addiction course at King's College London received 24% full participation learners.

Top teachers needed to help poor white pupils, say MPs

Guardian 18th June 2014

Top teachers need to be attracted to work in struggling schools to tackle underachievement by poor, white, working-class children, a committee of MPs has recommended. Professor Becky Francis, Education & Professional Studies, said said that her own research showed that disadvantaged pupils were more likely to suffer from inconsistent teaching:'Working-class underachievement is a scandal. Recent attention has been focused on the achievement of working-class boys – this report highlights this as an issue for girls too.' This was also reported by the BBC where Professor Alison Wolf is quoted.

Top midwife warns of crisis in postnatal care

Nursing Times 18th June 2014

Postnatal care is in crisis and failing to meet the needs of mothers and babies, a leading expert has warned. Professor Debra Bick, Nursing & Midwifery, said that Services are fragmented and often a low priority for funding despite the importance of good supportat this critical time.

Huge increase in Crohn's disease hospital admissions

BBC Newsbeat 18th June 2014

Figures have shown that the number of young people admitted to hospital with Crohn's disease in England and Wales has soared. The charity Crohn's and Colitis UK says most sufferers find fatigue the hardest symptom to handle or get treatment for. After four years of research they are launching a new questionnaire to help quantify tiredness, led by Professor Chris Norton, Nursing & Midwifery. She said: 'Young people have told us that it really impacts their education, their social lives and their ability to get and hold down a job.' Professor Norton was also interviewed by BBC Breakfast.

Heroin on prescription

BBC Radio 5 Live 18th June 2014

'Medical heroin' is available on the NHS in England and Wales to addicts who haven't responded to other treatments and doctors in Germany have suggested that this should be more widely available. Trials run at the National Addictions Centre at King's has found that, under supervision, this did help entrenched addicts and cut crime. (40.30)

King’s College holds Delhi Summer School

Hindustan Times (India) 18th June 2014

Article about King's Summer Schools. Aditya Malkani, acting country head (India) King’s College London, said: 'Since 2009, the London Summer School has been popular with a unique selection of summer courses on offer. “From literature and politics to law and health, students from all over the world have come to King’s to expand or enhance their current field of study. Each year, we have a number of students from the India Summer Schools (held in Mumbai and Delhi) who are awarded scholarships to participate in the London Summer School. This year, we will have over 40 scholarship recipients from the India Summer Schools who will be travelling to London to participate in session two of the London Summer School from July 28 to August 15.'

Nursing celebrated in Queen's birthday honours

Nursing Standard 18th June 2014

Professor Jill Elizabeth Maben Professor of nursing research and director of the National Nursing Research Unit King's College London, is included the Queen's birthday honours list for services to nursing.

Hail Marys and Miniskirts

BBC Radio 4 18th June 2014

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing & Midwifery, participated in this documentary on the thousands of Irish women who came over to Britain in the 1950s & 60s.

Is the news about Congo’s conflict minerals good?

Washington Post (US) 18th June 2014

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck, War Studies, writes an opinion piece on the conflict in the DRC: ‘Minerals alone have never been the main source of conflict in the DRC; instead, conflict is at its root linked to poor or absent governance both nationally and regionally,’ she said.

District nurse may be driven to extinction

Times 17th June 2014

A survey by the National Nursing Research Unit at King's reveals that three quarters of nurses who treat patients at home admit they do not have time to care for people properly. The survey also found that many district nurses did not have time to answer patients' questions, talk about their condition or offer emotional support. This was also reported by Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Nursing Times, Nursing Standard, Daily Telegraph and Press Association.

Davies-style review urged into barriers to ethnic minorities in boardrooms

Guardian 17th June 2014

The government is being called on to launch a review into barriers that seem to prevent people from ethnic minorities from landing the best jobs in business, after a survey revealed that little progress has been made on tackling inequality in top British management. The article mentions a related study published earlier this year by Professor Richard Webber, Geography, which stated that more than half of FTSE-100 companies have no non-white directors and two-thirds have no full-time minority executives at board level.

British scientists develop "drill-free" tooth treatment

Xinhua (China) 17th June 2014

Researchers from King's have developed a new approach to fixing tooth decay, which could get rid of all the drilling, injections and fillings and general unpleasantness. Also reported by China Daily.

New tooth decay treatment spells the end of fillings

Indian Express 17th June 2014

Dr Nigel Pitts, Dental Institute, is quoted in an article about a new process whereby teeth can heal themselves developed by King's and Reminova Ltd, a new spin-out company from King’s. Also reported in India by Deccan Herald, Telegraph, and Times of India.

A question of priority

Telegraph (India) 17th June 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India's relationship with its, 'smaller neighbours': 'The Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, has embarked on a two-day visit from June 15 to Bhutan, his first destination abroad after assuming office, underscoring the importance India attaches to its ties with Bhutan, the prime minister of which, Tshering Tobgay, was among the leaders from the neighbouring countries to attend the new government’s swearing-in on May 26,' he said.

Smartphone users value phones over TVs

Daily Telegraph 17th June 2014

Smartphone owners in the UK are more reluctant to give up their phones than their TVs, according to a new survey. The survey by Ipsos Mori for King’s College London found that older smartphone owners are nearly as reluctant to give up their devices as younger smartphone owners.

No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment

Guardian 16th June 2014

Dentists could soon be giving your teeth a mild 'time warp' to encourage them to self-repair, thanks to a new device being developed by dental researchers. Reminova Ltd, a new spin-out company from King's, aims to take the pain out of tooth decay treatment by electrically reversing the process to help teeth 'remineralise'. Professor Nigel Pitts from the Dental Institute said: ‘Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments.’ Also reported by Press Association, Daily Telegraph, ITV.com, The Times, Independent, i, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Metro, Daily Mail, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 'Today' and 'PM', BBC News, BBC London 94.9 and Sky News.

King's press release related to 'No more fillings as dentists reveal new tooth decay treatment'

Mayor bullish about tech job hopes

Press Association 16th June 2014

In an article about London's tech economy there is mention of the Centre for Urban Science and Progress in London, which will be based at Canada Water in Docklands from 2018. The Centre is a collaboration between King's, the University of Warwick and New York University.

BBC's Ten Pieces for schools: The verdict

BBC 16th June 2014

The BBC has unveiled Ten Pieces, a new initiative to take classical music into primary schools and inspire a new generation of children to get creative. Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, comments on the new project: 'I'm really excited about this project. I'm conscious that there is a generation who haven't been exposed to the mechanics of classical music in the way that kids always used to be.'

Cancer research provides a good economic return as well as health gains, report says

British Medical Journal 16th June 2014

Cancer research brings economic as well as health benefits and is a sound investment of public money, a new analysis has claimed. Lead author of the study, Professor Jonathan grant, Director of King's Policy Institute, said: 'This return includes health benefits equivalent to around 10p plus a further 30p which is the best estimate of the ‘spillover’ effect from research to the wider economy.'

Game on with the Lingua Franca

New Indian Express 16th June 2014

'Finding that it was communication skills that come in the way of a candidate securing a job, more than the lack of technical skills, Arshan Vakil and Tahem Veer Varma, two graduates of University of Pennyslyvania, US, started Kings Learning about three months ago in Bangalore.'

King's spin-out will put tooth decay in a 'time warp'

Washington Post (US) 16th June 2014

Dentists could soon be giving your teeth a mild 'time warp' to encourage them to self-repair, thanks to a new device being developed by dental researchers. Reminova Ltd, a new spin-out company from King's, aims to take the pain out of tooth decay treatment by electrically reversing the process to help teeth ‘remineralise’. Professor Nigel Pitts, Dental Institute. said: ‘Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments.' Also reported in the US by Huffington Post, LA Times, Chicago Tribune.

How will minority voting affect the general election?

Guardian 15th June 2014

In an article about minority voting at the general election there is mention of research by Professor Richard Webber from the Department of Geography, who runs a data analytics company.

Iraq Crisis

BBC News 15th June 2014

As the crisis in Iraq develops, Professor John Gearson, War Studies, was interviewed about Tony Blair's comments on the situation for BBC News: ‘It is surprising to suggest that there's no responsibility on the part of the intervening powers in what has followed.’ Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) explained to the Guardian how ISIS have used social media: ‘Savvy organisations such as ISIS are also acutely aware of the dangers of allowing individual fighters unfettered access to social media.’ Mr Maher also commented on the story for the Huffington Post (UK) and Daily Telegraph and co-authored a piece with Dr John Bew, also ICSR, for the new Statesman and was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today (01.12.26), Channel 4 News and Sky News. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, is quoted by the Daily Star, Press Association, Sun, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express and Daily Mirror and was interviewed by BBC 1 Good Morning Britain (00.38), BBC News and Sky News. His comments were also reported internationally by AFP, Die Welt (Germany) and O Globo (Brazil).

Meet professionals whose work is making a difference

Daily Telegraph 14th June 2014

Dr Victoria Sanz-Moreno, Randall Division of Cell & Molecular Biophysics, was interviewed about her inspiration for studying skin cancer melanoma, which was steered by the death of her grandmother from cancer.

500 jihadi Brits join hellish battle in Iraq to stop extremists

Daily Star 14th June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, was quoted on the crisis in Iraq. He said: 'I worry that we will see a sectarian meltdown, a huge confrontation between Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds and that could spill into other countries.' Professor Neumann's comments were reported by Press Association, The Sun, Daily Express and Daily Mirror.

Is he more than a 'naughty boy'?

Church Times 13th June 2014

The Revd Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College London and Professor of Biblical Interpretation, writes about the Church's reaction to 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' and said: 'The intervening years have demonstrated how much the Church got it wrong, misunderstood the film, and missed a significant opportunity to debate the importance of Jesus in British life.'

US considers options as Islamists advance in Iraq

VOA (US) 13th June 2014

The United States is considering a wide range of options to respond to the Islamist extremists who are advancing across Iraq and now control much of the northern part of the country. Andreas Krieg, War Studies, said that the Iraqi army remains the best option for combating the Sunni ISIL: ‘The Iraqi military has, despite all the billions we invested in security sector reform, not really performed in the way we want it to perform. But the Iraqis will obviously be the first line of defence against [ISIL], so they will need to be propped up in one way or another, he said.

Brazil 2014: Exploding the myths of sun, sand and soccer

CNN (US) 13th June 2014

Professor Anthony Pereira, Director, Brazil Institute, confronts the myths around the 2014 World Cup: ‘Many thought that the awarding of the finals - and the 2016 Olympics in Rio - would be a ‘coming out’ party for Brazil, confirming its new status as a global player. But that is not the atmosphere which seems to be taking hold. For the last year there have been protests over the spiralling costs of the tournament (around $11.5 billion) and government priorities. Many Brazilians have demanded 'FIFA standard' hospitals, schools, and public transportation, not just stadiums,’ he said.

Queen's birthday honours list 2014

Guardian 13th June 2014

Three academics from King’s have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this year. Professor Denise Lievesley, Head of the School of Social Science and Public Policy, received a CBE for her services to Social Science. She is joined by Professor Jill Maben, Director of the National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) in the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery, who received an OBE for services to nursing, and Professor Richard Sorabji, CBE, who was knighted for his services to Philosophical Scholarship. Professor Sorabji is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at King’s.

Prime Minister Modi and the US: First a Visa. What Is in the Cards Next?

Huffington Post (US) 13th June 2014

Before Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister of India, it was widely reported that he had been denied a visa to visit the United States in 2005 because he did not intervene to stop bloody riots in which over 1,000 Muslims were killed in his state of Gujarat. Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, Indian Institute, is quoted.

Bringing more women into join the fight to cure cancer

Daily Telegraph 12th June 2014

Cancer Research UK is intending to use mentoring to give life-saving a more feminine approach. Women of Influence Chairman, Tamara Box, mentors Dr Victoria Sanz Morenzo, Biomedical Sciences.

Classics example: any answers for modern languages’ decline?

Times Higher Education 12th June 2014

Professor Roderick Beaton, Hellenic Studies, has spoken of how modern languages departments and scholars should look at how Classics has reinvented itself since the 1980s in order to boost its appeal to undergraduates.

A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It, by Steven Fielding

Times Higher Education 12th June 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, reviews 'A State of Play: British Politics on Screen, Stage and Page, from Anthony Trollope to The Thick of It', by Steven Fielding.

Let them eat football

Indian Express 12th June 2014

Dr Peter Kingstone, International Development Institute, writes an opinion piece on how the staging of the World Cup frames the contrast between Brazil’s investment in vanity projects and vital infrastructure and social needs: 'The staging of the World Cup frames the contrast between Brazil’s investment in vanity projects and vital infrastructure and social needs,' he said.

Russia tilts towards Pakistan

New Indian Express 12th June 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on Russia-Pakistan relations: 'In a far-reaching decision for Russia, India as well as the broader South Asian strategic landscape, Russia has decided to lift an embargo on supplying weapons and military hardware to Pakistan,' he said.

Iraq launches air strikes against Islamist forces

Huffington Post (US) 12th June 2014

Iraqi government forces carried out airstrikes Thursday against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The militant group seized several cities from the Iraqi army this week in a move that has caused alarm across the world. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation said: 'They are a hard battled force. It’s really their experience in Syria that has allowed them to generate this head of steam. Foreign fighters came from all over the world to join that conflict. Overwhelmingly they joined ISIL. Now that group has enjoyed a revival in terms of men, money and munitions,'he said.

More than half of bullied children become depressed as adults, survey shows

The Independent 11th June 2014

A new study suggests that 55 per cent of children who have been bullied develop depression. Previous research by the Institute of Psychiatry found that childhood bullying can continue to damage mental and physical health for decades afterwards, causing higher rates of depression, ill health and unemployment in adult life.

Too many cancer patients delay going to doctor with symptoms

The Guardian 11th June 2014

Research by King's shows that 1 in 5 people delay going to see the doctor with symptoms of cancer. Dr Lindsay Forbes, who led the study, says: "Although a worrying number of patients across society are waiting too long to go to their doctor, those in the most deprived areas are the most likely to delay." Also reported by Press Association, Daily Mail, Daily Express, ITV News online.

King's press release related to 'Too many cancer patients delay going to doctor with symptoms'

Air-rage incidents 'putting thousands of flights in danger'

Independent 11th June 2014

According to a leading aviation industry expert air-rage incidents involving unruly passengers are affecting tens of thousands of flights a year. Professor Mike Bagshaw, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences, said: 'It is an urban myth that flying exacerbates the effect of alcohol. At cabin altitude there is no effect.'

Specialists told to do ward work

Nursing Times 11th June 2014

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing & Midwifery, has described an initiative for specialist nurses to abandon their caseloads and work on wards to bulk up staff numbers as, 'a huge experiment'.

Nursing Times Leaders

Nursing Times 11th June 2014

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty has been named as one of the leaders on the inaugural Nursing Times Leaders List. Professor Rafferty is described as: 'While a nurse through and through, she has studied history and policy analysis and has a phenomenal amount of research under her belt, particularly in relation to workforce, the working environment, nurse and patient outcomes, and health policy.'

City of the long seige

Indian Express 11th June 2014

Opinion piece about the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi, by Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute: 'The judicial pursuits that have resulted in the arrest of Altaf Hussain in the UK (where he was released on bail last week, four days after being arrested) may mark a turning point for the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in Karachi,' he said.

Iraq Crisis

Daily Telegraph 11th June 2014

Another humanitarian crisis is looming in Iraq after an Islamic militant insurgency took four key cities, including Mosul. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), is quoted as estimating around 80 per cent of Western fighters in Syria have joined the group. Professor Neumann was also interviewed on the BBC World Service and quoted by Yahoo! News. Shiraz Maher, also ICSR, has also been interviewed on this topic. He told ITV's Good Morning Britain: '‘Wherever ISIS moves in people tend to want to move out because of the nature of their draconian rule. He was also interviewed by Sky News, ITV News, BBC News and Al Jazeera.

The rise and fall of Australian slang

BBC News 11th June 2014

Tony Thorne, English Language Centre, comments on the history of 'Aussie slang' and 'Australianisms' and explains why it's 'on the slide. He said: 'Australian slang really seems to have built up a head of steam in the late 19th Century. This was partly down to the fact that the kind of people who went to Australia, tended to come from places with rich local linguistic traditions like Scotland, Ireland and the East End of London.' Tony Thorne was also quoted on this topic by the Daily Mail and Financial Times.

Deciphering the wave: Contextualising the BJP's success

Live Mint (India) 11th June 2014

Sarayu Natarajan, India Institute, writes an opinion piece on the BJP winning the highest average vote share per constituency in the last four Indian elections: ' Winning BJP candidates have higher average vote share in their constituency than the BJP or Congress winning candidates ever. This election also showed the greatest gap between them and the Congress ever, more than even in their own 1999 success,' he said.

The figure in arts and science

BBC Radio 3 - Free Thinking 11th June 2014

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, participates in discussion of the body where she considers this in relation to dance and discusses the moving body as a 'language': 'I think it is this mining human potential to create extraordinary movement.'

Laughing gas works faster than pills for depression

Daily Mail 10th June 2014

A new study will investigate whether laughing gas could be used to treat depression. Commenting, Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, says: 'We have to find new treatments as some patients are not helped by the available antidepressants.'

Autism costs '£32bn per year' in UK

BBC News 10th June 2014

The economic cost of supporting someone with autism over a lifetime is much higher than previously thought. Commenting on the study, Professor Emily Simonoff, Institute of Psychiatry, said the finding was important because of the "relatively low amounts of research funding that go to mental health, despite its huge burden".

£32billion bill for autism, Britain costliest condition

Daily Mail 10th June 2014

Autism is the most costly medical condition in Britain. Commenting on the new study, Professor Declan Murphy, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "The cost figures show that autism affects all of us in society, every day, regardless of whether or not we have a family member or friend with autism."

Oxytocin to treat anorexia

BBC Radio 4 - All in the Mind 10th June 2014

Professor Janet Treasure, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about why the 'love hormone' oxytocin may be a potential treatment for anorexia.

Heroism Bill

BBC Radio 4 - Law in Action 10th June 2014

Professor Karen Yeung, The Dickson Poon School of Law, comments on 'nudge legislation' in relation to the 'heroism bill' announced in the Queen's speech. She uses the example of developments in drink driving laws and said: 'It is actually possible that changes to the law can help to provoke changes in public attitudes but it's certainly not always the case that it will be successful in doing so.'(14.32)

Museum of Water

Londonist 10th June 2014

A review of the new exhibition presented by the Cultural Institute at King's: 'Visitors are encouraged to donate their own water samples so that the collection is able to grow. This is an engaging exhibition with a strong socio-political message about how we take a necessity of life for granted and thus it proves to be a thoughtful display.' The exhibition was also mentioned by Urban Explorer and Art Daily.

Museum of Water

Londonist 10th June 2014

A review of the new exhibition presented by the Cultural Institute at King's: ‘Visitors are encouraged to donate their own water samples so that the collection is able to grow. This is an engaging exhibition with a strong socio-political message about how we take a necessity of life for granted and thus it proves to be a thoughtful display.’ The exhibition was also mentioned by Urban Explorer and Art Daily and featured in a listing in the Metro.

Can film scripts help people understand anxiety?

Guardian 9th June 2014

Dr Colette Hirsch, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on the film 'Safe' and its portrayal of anxiety, she says: "There's a lot of ambiguity set up in the film. This relates very much to the way people with the disorder apply negative interpretations to apparently innocuous things."

When someone needs help

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour 9th June 2014

Dr Rina Dutta, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about what to do if you’re concerned about the state of mind of someone close to you, what are the signs that could identify someone experiencing clinical depression rather than a low mood, or unhappiness. (Begins 37:20)

Summer School

Times of India 9th June 2014

King's College London is making a foray into developing strategic partnerships with India through international summer schools established in Mumbai and Delhi in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Dr Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (International), said: 'We set up links between faculty members in India and abroad, in an effort to encourage joint research and inter-institution relation building.'

D-Day is politics by other means

Evening Standard 9th June 2014

Letter from Dr Jeffrey Michaels, Defence Studies, discusses the involvement of politics with the commemoration of D-Day. He said: 'Admittedly, Normandy was probably one of the few places where Western leaders could legitimately meet with President Putin and they therefore took advantage of that fact.'

The Afghan war economy collapses

Foreign Policy (US) 9th June 2014

Dr Antonio Giustozzi, War Studies, is quoted in an item on the transmission of power in Afghanistan.

Inside England's NSA

Newsweek (US) 9th June 2014

Article on the UK's intelligence operations. Sir David Omand, War Studies, is quoted on his frustration with the UK media’s post-Snowden misinterpretation of how GCHQ operates: 'The distinction between mass surveillance and bulk access to data is confused in the media,' he said.

Inflammation may help explain depression, diabetes link

Reuters 8th June 2014

People with both depression and diabetes have higher markers of inflammation in their blood than those with diabetes alone. Professor Khalida Ismail, Institute of Psychiatry, who led the study says: “Inflammation may be driving a number of different long-term conditions. That’s quite a new way of thinking of the mind and the body.”

Student performance

BBC Radio 4 - Broadcasting House 8th June 2014

Feature looking at the differences between written and typed note taking. Two students from King's speak about their note taking habits.

The government and fighting extremism

BBC Radio 4 - Sunday 8th June 2014

Farouk Peru, Theology & Religious Studies, comments on the row over extremism between Michael Gove and Theresa May. He said: 'The government needs another way of defining an acceptable Islam, a peaceful Islam that is suitable for the British public.'

Politics is nothing

Financial Times 7th June 2014

In an article discussing the complications of cultural life in Russia, King's is mentioned as the location of a conference entitled 'Can Contemporary Art Mix with Old Masters' at which Rachel Spence, the article author, met Mikhail Piotrovsky, a museum director determined to protect art.

World cup bribery allegations crown unhappy year for Qatar

Financial Times 7th June 2014

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, comments on Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani's turbulent first year as Qatar's emir refocuses towards national development. He said: 'Though Qatar can agree in private to alter how it operates in the region with, for example, greater financial control of its foreign aid, Qatar will not abandon its Islamist constituencies.'

'Fairyland' care for Indian troops

BBC News (Online) 7th June 2014

Feature on the the Royal Pavilion, Brighton and how it was used a military hospital during the First World War. Article quotes Dr Santanu Das, English, who said that a move to have Indian soldiers tended by white, female nurses was quickly halted: 'They were then used in a supervisory capacity only while the actual nursing was done by male orderlies.'

Take staff support seriously with Schwartz rounds

Health Service Journal 6th June 2014

Professor Jill Maben, Director of the National Nursing Research Unit, writes that the Schwartz rounds, where healthcare staff come together to discuss the challenges of their jobs, are being taken up across the NHS and show that staff support is finally being taken seriously. The piece is also referenced in the live news from the NHS confederation conference in Liverpool.

Inflammation may help explain depression, diabetes link

Reuters 6th June 2014

Article on new research from King's looking at the link between diabetes and depression rates. Dr. Khalida Ismail, Institute of Psychiatry, said: 'Inflammation may be driving a number of different long-term conditions. That’s quite a new way of thinking of the mind and the body.' Also reported by Reuters (India) and Deccan Chronicle (India).

Can palliative care teams relieve some of the pressure on acute services?

British Medical Journal 6th June 2014

Dr Fliss Murtagh, Cicely Saunders Institute, writes that providers, commissioners, and funders of health services need to know whether specialist palliative care teams make a difference and, if so, how.

Robots can grip anything thanks to hands that can see

New Scientist 6th June 2014

A feature on robotic hands that can 'see' in three dimensions. London-based Shadow Robot is testing its Dexterous Hand with a Kinect depth-sensing camera that would allow it to analyse the 3D shape of any object a mobile robot is focusing on - or which is being held out to it by a human. It has been developed by Shadow Robot and King's College London.

Maximum penalty demanded in Greste trial

SBS (Australia) 6th June 2014

Prosecutors in Egypt have demanded the maximum penalty for Australian journalist Peter Greste and others, charged with helping the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Dr Carool Kersten, Theology & Religious Studies, said in a radio interview that if Mr Greste and the 19 other defendants were convicted they could receive lengthy prison sentences.

World Cup Special

Brasil Observer 6th June 2014

Professor Anthony Peirera, Brazil Institute, is interviewed on politics and protest in Brazil for a special supplement on the World Cup: ‘The image of Brazil is clearly changing. It went against the stereotype of dancing, football-mad, beach-going Brazilians to see demonstrations taking place during the Confederations Cup last year. If there are demonstrations during the World Cup, that will defy the stereotype once again. But I think the opposition to the Dilma Rousseff government knows that it has to be careful when it comes to wishing for the World Cup to go badly. Saying this publicly could backfire,’ he said.

King's press release related to 'World Cup Special '

Why it pays to be narcissistic

Daily Telegraph 5th June 2014

Tony Blair has been accused of it; Charles Saatchi has admitted it. Dr Adam Perkins, Institute of Psychiatry explains: “If you had to summarise narcissism, it’s a feeling of specialness. Narcissists view themselves as special, as deserving of better treatment than the rest of the world.” He adds: "But it’s only a disorder, really, if it interferes with your life, with your job.” Dr Perkins was also interviewed by BBC Radio 94.9

Speak up for yourself with a foreign language

Independent i 5th June 2014

University departments that teach modern foreign languages are repositioning themselves to prepare graduates for the increasingly globalised world of work. Professor Patrick ffrench, Head of French, said: 'There is no substitute for hard work when learning a language.'

What if...D Day failed?

BBC Radio 4 Extra 5th June 2014

A special D-Day edition of the series that rewrites history, first broadcast in 2004, features Dr Gary Sheffield, formerly an academic in Defence Studies, who participates in discussion about what would have happened if the Allied landings in Normandy had not succeeded.

English 100–year–olds more likely to die in hospital

Daily Telegraph 4th June 2014

Researchers from King's have found that people who live to be over 100 are more likely to die in hospital in England than if they lived elsewhere in Europe. Dr Catherine Evans, Cicely Saunders Institute, said: 'The rising number of centenarians and continued use of hospital care at the end of life indicates an urgent need to ensure adequate long-term care and responsive community care services to support people living with extreme longevity in these care settings.' This was also reported by the Independent, Daily Mail, Sun, BBC, Huffington Post and Press Association.

Three-parent babies 'could be a reality within two years' after report finds controversial IVF techniques are 'not unsafe'

Daily Mail 4th June 2014

Controversial IVF techniques that see babies born with three genetic parents could be available in two years, scientists said today. Stem cell scientist Professor Peter Braude, Women's Health, said: 'As a clinician I am aware that inherited mitochondrial disorders are horrible diseases that can devastate families. 'In the absence of any effective treatment, mitochondrial replacement therapies... offer great hope to families afflicted by mitochondrial disorders.' Professor Braude was also interviewed by BBC Radio 4 - Today.

UK scientific panel backs potential 'three-parent' IVF babies

Reuters (India) 4th June 2014

A British expert scientific panel gave its backing on Tuesday to potential new 3-way fertility treatments that would for the first time allow genetically modified embryos to be implanted into women. Professor Peter Braude, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, said: 'In the absence of any effective treatment, mitochondrial replacement therapies...offer great hope to families affected by mitochondrial disorders.'

Why the US government is 'trolling' jihadists on social media

CNN (USA) 4th June 2014

Like no conflict before, the Syrian war, the prime focus of the world's jihadists, is being discussed, disputed - and waged, in its propaganda aspects - on social media. Article mentions a study recently published by researchers from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's which traces how Western-based radical preachers with strong social media influence have inspired a wave of Western Muslims to fight in Syria, where they are now estimated to account for about a quarter of the 11,000 foreign jihadists in the country.

'Failing to invest in the nursing workforce puts patients at risk'

Nursing Times 4th June 2014

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing & Midwifery, discusses the effects of failing to invest in the nursing workforce and the recent draft NICE guidance on safe staffing which is intended to enhance transparency.

The Life Scientific: Professor Sir Michael Rutter

BBC Radio 4 3rd June 2014

Professor Sir Michael Rutter, Institute of Psychiatry, has been described as the most illustrious and influential psychiatric scientist of his generation.

Bergdahl may have Stockholm syndrome

The Times 3rd June 2014

Commenting on the US prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who was recently released from Afghanistan, Professor Neil Greenberg, King's Centre for Military Research, “There are broad areas that they will be trying to assess as they debrief him. Some of this will be intelligence gathering — from what he will have known in captivity. Given that he is speaking Pashto now there will be some assessment of whether he is suffering from Stockholm syndrome. There may be US paranoia over how much they can trust him.”

What is the going rate for a prisoner swap?

Guardian 3rd June 2014

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's release by the Taliban in exchange for five detainees from Guantanamo has provoked criticism due to direct negotiations with the Taliban. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on how deals such as this are struck and said: 'The government has to explain to its adversaries the rationale behind this deal. You cannot allow it to be seen as a precedent and for some kind of exchange rate to be established.'

London Islamist leader 'killed in Syria'

Evening Standard 3rd June 2014

A suspected senior London member of a terror group fighting in Syria has been killed, it was reported today. Shiraz Maher, a senior researcher for the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation based at King's College London, said: 'We believe the main characters involved with Rayat al-Tawheed come from London.' This was also reported by the Daily Mirror, ITV and Press Association.

Student complaints

BBC Radio Five Live 3rd June 2014

Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, King's Learning Institute, was interviewed about student expectations following the increase in tuition fees.

Returning jihadis pose risk in west

New York Times (USA) 3rd June 2014

Article on the problem of US citizens travelling to Syria to fight the Assad regime, a process being tracked by experts and academics at the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation at King's.

Returning jihadis pose risk in west

New York Times (USA) 3rd June 2014

Article on the problem of US citizens travelling to Syria to fight the Assad regime, a process being tracked by experts and academics at the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation at King's.

Beryl Bainbridge: a better artist or writer?

Daily Telegraph 3rd June 2014

Rupert Christiansen writes about the works of Beryl Bainbridge’s work and cites the exhibition presented by the Cultural Institute at King’s which is the first major retrospective of her work.

Abe, Hagel's accusations

Xinhua (China) 2nd June 2014

Article on a recent Asia-Pacific security forum. Professor Geoffrey Till, Defence Studies, is quoted saying the US is pursuing, ‘a very delicate balance’ and fails to see conflicts in the region.

Learning Curve: coursework the best way to determine top science students

South China Morning Post 2nd June 2014

Professor Jonathan Osborne, Education & Professional Studies, is quoted in an article about changes to the Cambridge International Examination in regard to science coursework.

Why my daughter's birthday shames those who think people with Down's are not fit to live

Daily Mail 2nd June 2014

An article on a family with a teenage daughter with Down's Syndrome mentions progress made by a team from King's last year on developing a reliable, non-invasive test for Down's Syndrome in utero.

Soldier freed

Sky News 2nd June 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments on the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Hundreds protest over India's lack of action on sex attacks

Independent 2nd June 2014

In an article reporting about protests for women's rights in India and against the government's seeming inability to halt sexual attacks. Dr Prabha Kotiswaran comments on attitudes and the criminal justice system in India, describing is as a 'shambles'.

King Juan Carlos abdicates

BBC News Channel 2nd June 2014

Pablo Calderon Martinez comments on the news that King Juan Carlos has abdicated. He said he was not surprised by the announcement and commented: 'The timing of the announcement is very important as well, just after the European elections.'

Fearing converts to terrorism, France intercepts citizens bound for Syria

New York Times (US) 2nd June 2014

France and Europe have grown steadily more concerned over the past year about the possibility that the main terrorist threat could come from their own citizens, European passport holders who can move relatively easily between their homelands and the battlefields of Syria, where Islamist rebel groups are fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, said that of the 11,000 foreign fighters estimated to be in Syria, as many as 2,000 are from Europe, including 400 to 500 from France, citing figures from several months ago that could be higher now.

Universities adopt US courses to win students

Sunday Telegraph 1st June 2014

King's is mentioned in an article reporting an increase in the amount of 'major and minor' degrees offered by UK universities.

In praise of… Clive James

Guardian 1st June 2014

A comment on the broadcaster, Clive James, who appeared at a 90-minute valedictory show at King's.

Could your iPhone cost you your job?

Daily Telegraph 1st June 2014

Bernadette John, Digital Professionalism Lead, discusses the use of professional technology, such as iPhones, and the threat to individual privacy. She said: 'The explosive growth of personal technology, from smart phones and tablets to file sharing and social media, plus the adoption of the same technology for professional purposes has created a dangerous new world where privacy, reputations and even careers are increasingly at risk.'

Allegri's Miserere

BBC Radio 3 - The Choir 1st June 2014

The King's College London choir were featured on this programme singing from their latest CD, O Sacrum Convivium.

Cure-all no more

New Scientist 31st May 2014

In a piece exploring 'the world's favourite over-the-counter pain remedy, it is mentioned that Professor Stuart Bevan and Dr David Andersson, Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases, recently found that when paracetamol is given, one of its break-down products activates a protein on the surface of nerves in the spinal cord and reduces their ability to transmit pain signals.

India rape arrest

BBC Radio 5 Live 31st May 2014

Dr Robert Bradnock, Geography, comments on the arrest of five people in connection with the gang rape and murder of two young girls in India. He said: 'The new government will find this very high on its agenda that the discrimination on the basis of class and gender which has been either tolerated or in some senses actively encouraged has to be brought to a halt.' (01.20)

Plotting against leaders

BBC Radio 4 - Today 31st May 2014

The art of plotting against the leader is as old as politics and Professor Edith Hall participates in a discussion with Jerry Hayes who was involved in 'plotting' to put a more compassionate face on Thatcherism. Professor Hall comments on the lesson from classical times: 'Timing is always the issue isn't it?' (01.54.58)

Ukraine discussion

BBC Radio 5 Live 30th May 2014

Dr Marat Shterin, Theology & Religious Studies, discusses the change in dynamic in Ukraine. Dr Shterin said: ‘The first thing to recognise is that people still get on with each other and still live with each other. We shouldn’t portray the current situation in Ukraine as similar to the Balkans. People still get on, most of Ukraine is peaceful.’ (50.05)

Ukraine political crisis

Al Jazeera 30th May 2014

Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, is interviewed on the Ukraine crisis as Vladimir Putin calls an end to the bloodshed.

Scientific Breakthrough

BBC Radio 5 Live 30th May 2014

Dutch scientists have successfully completed a landmark teleporting experiment. They sent information coded into sub atomic particles a distance of three metres and say that it could one day be possible with humans. Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Gallery at King's College London, said: 'It's not going to happen any time. What they've succeeded to do is to transmit information.' (28.23)

Boko Haram's Soaring Toll in Trauma

Wall Street Journal (USA) 30th May 2014

Report on the soaring psychiatric toll of the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria. Article mentions that Dr Machina from the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital in the ‘Boko Haram heartland’ has twice deferred an acceptance letter to King's, in order to treat the patients who need him.

Foreign Jihadis fighting in Syria pose risk in West

New York Times (USA) 30th May 2014

Article on the problem of US citizens travelling to Syria to fight the Assad regime. Mentions that this process is being tracked by experts and academics from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s.

'Racism still tends to be a very strong part of school life'

Times Educational Supplement 30th May 2014

Research conducted by Professor Becky Francis, Department of Education & Professional Studies, has looked at the effects of ethnic stereotypes, particularly on Chinese students. She said: 'We found that many teachers had particular stereotypes about British-Chinese pupils: that they're diligent, that they're conformist, that they will be very high-achieving.'

Iraq Inquiry

BBC News 29th May 2014

Professor John Gearson, War Studies, discussed the Chilcot Inquiry and the issue of private correspondence between the British Prime Minister and foreign leaders being made public. Professor Gearson said: ‘Civil servants have this position which is being crucially undermined by six or seven of the principals involved and their private staffs publishing extracts from correspondence in their memoirs.’

Squirrels, look out! Google's driverless car is coming

Independent 29th May 2014

An article reporting the launch of Google's driverless car. The cars will seat two people, be powered by electricity and limited to 25mph for safety. Dr Matthew Howard, Informatics, commented on the news saying: 'One question is about acceptance of these cars. There are questions like 'would you be happy to put your child in one for the drive to school, without you being there?' And there's also the matter of giving up your autonomy. Some people still get a lot of pleasure out of driving, they won't want to lose that.'

The clock is ticking for the traditional elite

Daily Telegraph 29th May 2014

In a piece which asks whether politics is just a game, Professor Roger Mortimore, Institute of Contemporary British History, is quoted. He told a seminar at King's that a model based on the colours worn by FA cup holders might be able to predict election results, saying that such a model actually demonstrates, 'assigning undue significance to patterns in past events when there is no excuse for assuming a causal link'.

Capital gains

Times Higher Education 29th May 2014

A report discussing the advantages and unique challenges for London universities. It comments that the long-awaited Crick Institute and mentions King's as one of its three university backers.

Hey Media! Central and East European countries voted in the European Parliamentary Elections too…

Washington Post (USA) 29th May 2014

Dr Lee Savage, European & International Studies, writes a blog-post on the European parliamentary elections: ‘The results are in and the consensus view on last week’s elections to the European Parliament is that a rising tide of Euroscepticism washed across Europe. But among the hysteria that has accompanied the post-mortem of the election there are some more sober assessments that have pointed out the supposed electoral “earthquake” really only shook the ground in Denmark, France and the UK,’ he said.

Tooth decay could be lasered away with five-minute blast

Daily Telegraph 29th May 2014

Scientists discover a way to make a rotting tooth mend itself using a laser beam, which could put an end to painful and costly dental treatment. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, said the technique was low-cost and predicted trials would begin in humans shortly:'The approach seems to be pretty straightforward and although it sounds high tech, the technology is not prohibitively expensive. Quite contrary, it is low cost.'

Northern Ireland Assembly

BBC 29th May 2014

A senior Health Department official told the Health Committee that the pace of the Transforming Your Care (TYC) health reform programme could be slowed if transition funding was not made available. Professor Anthea Tinker, Social Science, Health & Medicine, gave evidence to the committee for its review of TYC and older people, outlining research which has been carried out in to supported living for older people.

Perioperative medicine and neonatal intensive care experts

Press Association 29th May 2014

An expert group of specialists have come together to develop three new educational resources: the Journal of Perioperative Medicine, the Journal of Neonatal Intensive Care and an open-access online portal. Dr David Green from King's College Hospital, one of King's Health Partners, said: 'When considering the best treatment plan for a patient in clinical areas such as perioperative medicine, clinicians need high-quality, unbiased, non-promotional educational information in order to make informed decisions that are in the interests of their patients.'

Hey Media! Central and East European countries voted in the European Parliamentary Elections too…

Washington Post (USA) 29th May 2014

Dr Lee Savage, European & International Studies, writes a blog-post on the European parliamentary elections: ‘The results are in and the consensus view on last week’s elections to the European Parliament is that a rising tide of Euroscepticism washed across Europe. But among the hysteria that has accompanied the post-mortem of the election there are some more sober assessments that have pointed out the supposed electoral 'earthquake' really only shook the ground in Denmark, France and the UK,’ he said.

Iran’s delicate nuclear consensus

Washington Post (USA) 29th May 2014

Aaron Stein, War Studies, writes an opinion piece on the EU3+3 talks with Iran over its nuclear programme: ‘International negotiations typically play out as ‘two level games’, with leaders carefully eyeing their domestic political calculations even as they bargain with their foreign counterparts,’ he said.

Realism versus realpolitik

Business Standard (India) 29th May 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, writes an opinion piece on Modi’s challenge to craft a regional policy and role that can shape the geopolitical and developmental pattern for the subcontinent: ‘Narendra Modi's decision to invite regional heads of state to attend India's democratic renewal was a refreshing display of statecraft. Let's appreciate the context of Modi's ascent to power,’ he said.

PTSD: the bomb waiting to explode

Daily Telegraph 28th May 2014

Academics from King’s Centre for Military Health Research respond to an article in the Sunday Telegraph suggesting there was likely to be a rapid increase in PTSD among armed forces personnel. They write: "the most likely explanation, backed up by evidence from the charity Combat Stress, is that personnel are now more willing to come forward, and are doing so far sooner than in the past."

'Put health warnings on sugary drinks'

Daily Mail 28th May 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division comments on the news that a public health expert has said that sugary drinks should carry health warnings like cigarettes.

'Teaching English – a good option for graduates'

Daily Telegraph 28th May 2014

Roxy Shah, a former King's student, puts across the case for graduates considering the option of teaching English as a foreign language. She currently teaches English in Barcelona.

EU leaders call for simpler EU after poll setback

The Hindu 28th May 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recurring complaint that the European Union is ‘too big, too bossy, too interfering’ gained traction at an EU summit, following EU election results that underscored voter apathy and hostility forced government leaders across the bloc to consider profound change. Professor Anand Menon, European Studies, is quoted: ‘Now Francois Hollande talking about limiting EU actions, more and more people beginning to sound like Cameron, this will strengthen his position seeking reforms.’

London’s Dirty Secret: Pollution Worse Than Beijing’s

Bloomberg (USA) 28th May 2014

Levels of the harmful air pollutant nitrogen dioxide at a city-center monitoring station are the highest in Europe, and at even greater levels than Beijing. The report quotes air pollution data from King’s dating back to 1998.

Australian staffing ratios have led to safer care and motivated nurses

Nursing Standard 28th May 2014

Professor Jill Maben, director of the National Nursing Research Unit, commented on safe staffing ratios as Lisa Fitzpatrick, who fought for safe staffing levels in the Australian state of Victoria, says that the government's decision not to do the same in England is dangerous. Professor Maben said: 'Unfortunately this ratio is already being translated as a maximum and there are nurse directors across the UK who simply do not want to hear it because they are currently working with one-to-five or one-to-six ratios and fear if their finance directors get wind of that, they will be in a worse position than they are now.' Jane Ball, Nursing & Midwifery, also discusses nurse to patient ratios in a piece for the Nursing Times.

'Staff fear raising the alarm on FGM'

Nursing Standard 28th May 2014

Reporting of comments made by Dr Niall McCrae, Nursing & Midwifery, at an event at King's about FGM. He said there was a danger some nurses felt it is ‘not their place’ to report FGM: 'If you give nurses the message that they should not criticise another culture, they simply will not do anything.'

EU nurses 'lacking language skills'

Nursing Times 28th May 2014

Comment piece discussing the findings from a study by the National Nursing Research Unit which reinforces the need for strong induction and continuing support for overseas nurses. Dr Ruth Young, Nursing & Midwifery and author of the study, said language issues often had a regional link: 'It's things like words for different types of pain or colloquialisms and ways of speaking that are not part of the standard English you have learned in your home country.'

Nostalgic view of nursing risks 'retrograde' education policies

Nursing Times 28th May 2014

According to researchers, a rose-tinted view of a 'golden era' of nurse education depicted in the press is getting in the way of efforts to tackle genuine problems facing the profession today. Dr Karen Gillett, Nursing & Midwifery, has warned that an idealised picture of spotless wards and strict matrons was shaping public opinion and risked 'retrograde' policy making. This was also reported by the Nursing Standard.

See inside monkey testing centre where marmosets are given brain damage to help cure Parkinson's

Daily Mirror 28th May 2014

Mirror journalist Martin Bagot visited the animal facilities at King's College London to explore the reasons why marmosets are involved in Parkinson’s research. Such research can help to improve the lives of those living with the condition - there are currently 172,000 Parkinson’s sufferers in the UK.

Epidarex unveils £50m venture capital fund for UK life sciences

Daily Telegraph` 28th May 2014

Epidarex, a specialist life science venture capital group, will on Thursday unveil a new £47.5m fund dedicated to UK start-ups, including university spin-outs.

Chemist Direct finds mental stimulation through brain training is less effective against dementia than moderate exercise

Press Association 28th May 2014

Aging shrinks the brains’ usability at a rate of 1 per cent each year, causing confusion, forgetfulness and eventually dementia for over 800,000 people over the age of 60 in the UK alone. Studies on the benefits of regular daily exercise showed a surprising number of older patients decrease this risk by doubling their mental health. Prof Clive Ballard, Professor of Age Related Disease at King’s College London, is leading a study investigating the long-term impact of brain training on older people recording its effectiveness. He said many people instinctively believed that the best way to protect their brain was by exercising it with mental strategy games, brain teasers or commercial brain-training games.

Anti Terror Fund

BBC Radio 5 Live 28th May 2014

John Kerry has announced plans about a new fund being made available to fight terrorism. Dr Peter Neumann, War Studies, said: 'I think that the Americans have decided to do this because they are seeing that there's a lot of countries around the world where the situation has got a lot worse.' (01.09.00)

Invisible in the House

New Indian Express 28th May 2014

Article on the new Indian government under Narendra Modi, co-written by Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute: ‘The induction of Najma Heptulla as minister for minority affairs in the Narendra Modi government does not detract from the reality that the 16th Lok Sabha has the lowest number of Muslim MPs ever: 23,’ he said.

Drug that works like an antibody banishes migraines for good in one dose

Daily Mail 27th May 2014

A new drug which acts like an antibody, attacking a chemical in the body thought to kick-start the chain of events that leads to a migraine, could be a breakthrough, suggests Dr Peter Goadsby, Institute of Psychiatry, who has been involved in trials of the drug. 'It is the first time a treatment specifically for migraine prevention has been tested,' he said.

Is air pollution poisoning your body

Daily Mail 27th May 2014

A health feature on the effects of air pollution on our bodies mentions a study conducted by Good Health and King's which showed that while black carbon levels in London were well below the WHO and EU recommended maximum limits, regular exposure to even this level can have adverse health effects.

Only the capitals can save Europe, not Brussels

Financial Times 27th May 2014

Professor Dominique Moïsi, Political Economy, discusses how the EU has come to symbolise authoritarianism, anonymity and undisguised condescension. He said: 'Even if the victory of the National Front in France at the European Parliament elections came as no surprise, it has left many Frenchmen and Europeans in a state of shock.'

Why Online Games Turn Players Into Psychopaths

WIRED 27th May 2014

In an article about psychopathy, Dr Adam Perkins, Institute of Psychiatry says: “Psychopaths will do things without any compunction, any internal guilt. It’s a cognitive style that places little or no value on fair treatment of others.”

Biomedical institute opens its doors to physicists

Nature 27th May 2014

Physics is becoming an increasingly effective tool for biologists. Now the field is to be a focus of a major new biomedical research hub in London, the £650-million Francis Crick Institute. The institute is a collaboration between the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), two charities — the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK — and three London universities: Imperial College London, King’s College London and University College London (UCL).

Families Criticise Flight MH370 Satellite Data

Sky News 27th May 2014

Families of passengers on doomed flight MH370 have criticised the release of satellite data tracking the plane's last known movements - and say it adds little that is new. Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, said: 'A lot of questions have been opened - why was the satellite system off for one hour? We don't know.'

Modi’s diplomatic conundrum

New Indian Express 27th May 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India’s foreign policy prospects under Modi: ‘These are exhilarating times in India. An old political order underpinned by the supremacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family is crumbling while a new order is gradually taking shape. The victory of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) under Narendra Modi’s leadership has transformed the political landscape of India almost beyond recognition,’ he said.

US - Indian relations under Modi

Wall Street Journal (USA) 27th May 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on US – Indian relations under Modi: ‘Narendra Modi's rise to the Prime Minister office represents a decisive break from Indian politics of the past. The resounding mandate voters gave him will have implications not only domestically but on the global stage. While some view his historically shaky relationship with Washington with suspicion, it is much more likely Mr. Modi will be a big benefit to long-flagging U.S.-India ties,’ he said.

American classics dropped from new GCSE syllabus

Times 26th May 2014

It emerged this week that classic works such as To Kill A Mockingbird would be dropped from English GCSEs so that students focus on works by British writers. Dr Bethan Marshall, Education & Professional Studies, said: 'Schools will be incredibly depressed when they see it. Kids will be put off doing A-level literature. Many teenagers will think that being made to read Dickens aged 16 is just tedious. This will just grind children down.' This was also reported by the Guardian, Independent, Independent i, Evening Standard, Mirror, Daily Mail, Telegraph and Press Association.

Chemist Direct recommends revising food guidelines as study reviews show no link found between saturated fat and heart disease

Press Association 26th May 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences Division, comments on new evidence presented by researchers at Cambridge University which has found that giving up fatty meat, cream or butter is unlikely to improve health.

Indian foreign policy at a crossroads

The Tribune (India) 26th May 2014

Zorawar Daulet Singh, India Institute, writes an opinion piece on India’s foreign policy prospects: ‘The Modi regime is arguably placed at the crossroads where the imperative for deeper engagement with Asia and the world can only be sustained on a foundation of internal stability, institutional renewal, robust economic growth and development,’ he said.

Importance of being Modi lost on the old order's effete

Japan Times 26th May 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on the BJP party lead by Narendra Modi winning an overall majority in the Indian election: ‘These are exhilarating times in India. An old political order underpinned by the supremacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family is crumbling before our eyes while a new order is gradually taking shape,’ he said.

Intelligence services tried to withhold reports from Blair after WMD fiasco

Independent on Sunday 25th May 2014

According to a forthcoming book, Britain's spies tried to block intelligence from reaching Tony Blair, following publication of the 'dodgy dossier' in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Dr Michael Goodman, co-author of the book and Reader in Intelligence & International Affairs in the Department of War Studies, said that the only other example of such a breakdown in communuication he could think of concerned Winston Churchill during the Second World War: 'Churchill was known for wanting to receive raw intelligence. I think they [the intelligence services] were keen for him to only received assessed intelligence.'

Vote 2014

BBC News Channel 25th May 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, features in BBC election coverage, commenting on on the outcomes. Professor Bogdanor said: 'If UKIP defeats Labour that will be a particular problem for the opposition if they can't defeat the Government in, as it were, an off year. That's something I think we ought to be looking at very carefully.'

Is the HIV/Aids epidemic close to an end?

Yahoo (USA) 25th May 2014

HIV/AIDS has remained on the top ten leading causes of death worldwide during the last ten years according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For the last three decades scientists, clinicians and physicians have been looking for a cure. Worldwide 35.3 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. The article mentions a new trial for a possible cure for HIV involving King’s researchers.

Still to learn the lessons from past financial crises

Financial Times 24th May 2014

Professor Robert Picciotto, Political Economy, writes in response to questions about the 2008 financial crisis. He said: 'Only the Bretton Woods institutions are served by independent evaluation units that operate at arm's length from management. It is high time for all central banks to emulate their example.

Clean air in cities, what's behind the smoke screen?

Daily Telegraph 24th May 2014

In an article discussing the impact of diesel emissions, work done by King's and Newcastle University in 2013 which used roadside sensors to analyse exhaust gases from a variety of road vehicles is mentioned.

Inventing the biographer

Guardian 24th May 2014

Events listing mentions that Richard Holmes will be giving a talk called Inventing the Biographer: A Personal Confession at the Old Anatomy Lecture theatre at King's.

Diva behaviour

BBC Radio 4 - Today 24th May 2014

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, discusses diva behaviour with actor Michael Simkins. She said: 'Ballet I don't think has been a breeding ground for divas.'

Modi’s challenge is to navigate US and Chinese demands

The National (UAE) 24th May 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on prospects for the incoming Indian government’s foreign policy: ‘These are exhilarating times in India. An old political order underpinned by the supremacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family is crumbling while a new order is gradually taking shape. The victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under Narendra Modi’s leadership has transformed the political landscape of India almost beyond recognition,’ he said.

Childhood trauma may leave its mark in blood vessels

Reuters 23rd May 2014

New research suggests that young adults who are exposed to adverse experiences as children have greater signs of unhealthy blood vessel function. Commenting on the research, Dr Andrea Danese, Institute of Psychiatry, said: “We know little on the topic at present, but once we are able to confidently point to mechanisms through which child stress is translated into biological risk for disease, we will be able to target biological abnormalities before the onset of clinical symptoms,”

Democrat or autocrat? The mystery of Egypt's next leader

Guardian 23rd May 2014

This February, the newspaper al-Watan claimed Sisi's inheritance and land assets totalled 30 million Egyptian pounds (£2.5m). Minutes after publication, state officials contacted al-Watan, demanding the article be pulled. Professor Robert Springborg, War studies, said that the uncertainty has clouded Sisi's image among critics: 'If he were compelled to make such a statement [now], maybe it would turn out these were all [legitimate] real estate investments. But as it stands, this statement of his wealth and the fact it was all covered up [raises] the question [of] how corrupt is he? It is a question that will hang over him, which was not the case before.'

My ideas come at night

Guardian 23rd May 2014

Article on creativity linked to insomnia mentions Dave Bayley, who left home to study medicine at King's in 2008.

Let's talk (properly) about sex

New Statesman 23rd May 2014

An article discussing the state of sex education in schools mentions the national voluntary organisation, Sexpression, which runs workshops for young people to talk about sex. Nick Batley, who is training to become a nurse at King's said: 'At King's College London, we train around 50 new volunteers a year, and having someone who is trained and clearly enthusiastic about the task is far better than an under-prepared teacher who is a bit embarrassed and doesn't really want to be there.'

Chance to see ‘Roman’ cold bath where Dickens chilled

Evening Standard 23rd May 2014

Article reporting the opening of the Roman Baths underneath King's alongside the new exhibition presented by the Cultural Institute at King's - The Museum of Water.

The British art of war

Times Higher Education 22nd May 2014

Further reporting of the news that Qatari armed forces are to be taught by staff at King's. Academics from Defence Studies will teach selected mid-career officers from the Qatari Emiri Guard, the navy, army and air force.

Four decades of savagery and wit

Times Higher Education 22nd May 2014

Dr Niall O'Flaherty, History, reviews Malthus: The Life and Legacies of an Untimely Prophet by Robert J. Mayhew. He said: 'Covering a wide temporal span (1798-2012), Mayhew explores these legacies with extraordinary penetration and nuance, as his
treatment of the darker side of this bequest amply demonstrates.'

Explainer: what is hay fever and why do you have it?

The Conversation 22nd May 2014

Professor Chris Corrigan, Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory Science, explains the science behind why some people suffer from hay fever. He said: 'We don’t know why some people produce antibodies against pollen and others don’t, but it is now more common to produce them than not.'

How the Wild West Was Won

BBC Four 22nd May 2014

Professor David Demeritt, Geography, was a consultant for a new documentary series in which Ray Mears explores how the landscapes of America's three great mountain ranges - the Appalachians, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada - challenged the westward push of the early pioneers.

Childhood trauma may leave its mark in blood vessels

Reuters 22nd May 2014

A new study has found that young adults who were exposed to adverse experiences as children have greater signs of unhealthy blood vessel function than young people without a traumatic past. Dr Andrea Danese, Institute of Psychiatry, said: ‘Exposure to psychosocial stress triggers a biological response aimed at improving adaptation to challenges.’ Also reported by Reuters (India).

Depression affects mothers most when child is four years old

Daily Telegraph 21st May 2014

Mothers are more likely to suffer depression when their child is four years old than when they are babies, according to a new study. Commenting on the research, Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "This paper is not saying depression in the first few months after the baby is born is not important, it is. But it is also the case that women are vulnerable to depression as their children get older. That is due to the stressors to having a child and raising a child. The sooner we can help those women and put them on the right trajectory the better." Prof Pariante was also interviewed by Channel 5 News.

Autism is growing up

CNN 21st May 2014

Professor Francesca Happe, Institute of Psychiatry, writes from the International Meeting for Autism Research conference. She says: "When you think of autism, you probably think of young children. But children with autism grow up to be adults with autism, and eventually (God willing) elderly people with autism. In fact, most people with autism are adults, and most adults with autism lack services -- or even a diagnosis."

Chronic pain 'may be inherited'

BBC News (Online) 21st May 2014

Researchers at King’s College London have discovered a link between four common chronic pain syndromes (CPS), suggesting that some people may be genetically predisposed to suffer from conditions of this type. Dr Frances Williams, lead researcher from the Department of Twin Research at King’s College London said: ‘This study is one of the first to examine the role of genetic and environmental factors in explaining the links between different chronic pain syndromes. The findings have clearly suggested that CPS may be heritable within families. With further research, these findings could then lead to therapies which may change the lives of those suffering with chronic pain.’ This was also reported by the Daily Mirror.

Have you got the commuter cough?

Evening Standard 21st May 2014

An article reporting the health effects of pollution in the warmer weather quotes professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, who said: 'When it gets warmer, usually the wind dies down too so less pollution is moved out of the city.'

Royals 'not supposed to go around upsetting countries'

ITV 21st May 2014

Following controversial comments allegedly made by Prince Charles', Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, said that it was a bad idea constitutionally for the Prince to make controversial political pronouncements as he is, 'supposed to be politically neutral'. His comment was also reported by Daily Mirror and Press Association.

Schwartz rounds be evaluated as a way to ensure compassion

Nursing Times 21st May 2014

A team of researchers from the National Nursing Research Unit at King's are to investigate whether a US initiative that provides emotional support to healthcare staff could tackle the controversial issue of compassionate care by making the NHS workforce happier. This was also reported by the Nursing Standard.

Smog alert

ITV 21st May 2014

Another smog alert was issued on the hottest day of the year so far. Researchers from King's say air from parts of Europe will move across the capital, bringing with it 'industrial and urban emissions'.

Beryl Bainbridge

BBC Radio 4 - Midweek 21st May 2014

In an in interview with Brendan King on his work with Beryl Bainbridge, the exhibition presented by the Cultural Institute at King's is mentioned (12.30). In a piece in the Evening Standard, the exhibition is also mentioned as Melvyn Bragg comments that she was always the centre of attention.

Cyber espionage and the new Cold War of US-China relations

The Conversation 21st May 2014

Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, writes about relations between the US and China in relation to cyber espionage. He said: 'The US and China have been wrangling over this issue for years. Congressional committees complain about theft of US intellectual property by Chinese firms like Huawei and portray them as proxies of the Chinese government.'

Concerns over online extremism

Press Association 21st May 2014

Fears have been raised about online extremism a year after the death of soldier Lee Rigby, as deadly jihadist material remains widely available online. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), agreed that counter arguments should be made available online to offer more of a debate and an alternative view for those seeking out extremist material. He said: 'Some 15 years ago, for radical preachers, it was very easy for people to be on the ground, to that extent the internet has replaced that.'

Researchers unlock Mediterranean Diets secret

VOA (US) 21st May 2014

Further coverage of new research led by Professor Philip Eaton, Cardiovascular Division, which found that leafy vegetables eaten in combination with olive oil can lower the risk of high blood pressure in mice.

Olive oil and salad combined 'explain' Med diet success

BBC News 20th May 2014

Scientists have found that the combination of olive oil and leafy salad or vegetables is what gives the Mediterranean diet its healthy edge. Professor Philip Eaton, Cardiovascular Division, believes it is the fusion of the diet's ingredients that make nitro fatty acids. He said: 'With the fats in the Med diet, if taken together with nitrates or nitrites, there's a chemical reaction and these combine to form nitro fatty acids.' This was also reported by Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Guardian and Press Association.

Charles Bonnet Syndrome

BBC Radio 4 - In Touch 20th May 2014

Dr Dominic ffytche talks about visual hallucinations and his research which shows they are more prevalent than we previously thought.

Bullying can have lasting scars on children

New Indian Express 20th May 2014

Most people look back on school as a haven of innocent fun, wonderful friends and good times with teachers. But for some, memories of school life are coloured by the trauma of having been bullied. According to research from the Institute of Psychiatry, the effects of bullying can last well into middle age and impact the health, social and economic aspects of a person's life.

Bullying can have lasting scars on children

New Indian Express 20th May 2014

Most people look back on school as a haven of innocent fun, wonderful friends and good times with teachers. But for some, memories of school life are coloured by the trauma of having been bullied. According to research from the Institute of Psychiatry, the effects of bullying can last well into middle age and impact the health, social and economic aspects of a person's life.

Amid Egypt rights abuses, US stalls over military aid

Reuters 20th May 2014

Despite resuming some military aid, the United States appears unlikely to quickly restore the close ties with Egypt that framed US Middle East policy for decades, as concerns persist over the authoritarian crackdown since last year's military takeover. Professor Robert Springborg, War Studies, said that a US focus on counterterrorism could suit Defence Minister Sisi, as Egypt needed weaponry suited for fighting insurgents rather than high-end arms like jets. Also reported by Reuters (India), Newsweek (US), New York Times and Yahoo News.

Putin in China: A win-win situation for Beijing

Deutsche Welle (Germany) 20th May 2014

China's importance for Russia has grown in the wake of the Ukrainian crisis as Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Beijing aiming to close a multi-billion dollar gas supply agreement. Dr Natasha Kuhrt, War Studies, said China would never formally acknowledge a change in internationally-recognised boundaries in relation to the annexation of Crimea by Russia: ‘China did not back Russia on either South Ossetia or Georgia when Moscow recognized the two de facto entities. On the other hand, the chaos and instability in Ukraine does not suit Beijing,’ she said.

Hero or villain? Historical Ukrainian figure symbolises today’s feud

NPR (US) 20th May 2014

Stepan Bandera was born in 1909 in what is now western Ukraine. In 1959, the Soviet Union's KGB poisoned Bandera with cyanide and he died in Munich, West Germany. In western Ukraine, many see him as a freedom fighter who battled domination by the Soviet Union and other European powers before and during World War II. But Bandera's Order of Ukrainian Nationalists also did violent things in pursuit of sovereignty. Jews and Polish people were massacred. Dr Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Russia Institute, said: ‘The fight was violent. It was killing, gruesome killings, against all the perceived enemies. There were strong powers around that little part of Ukraine, western Ukraine, so it was a really hard fight.’

Autism is growing up

CNN (USA) 20th May 2014

Professor Francesca Happe, Institute of Psychiatry, writes from the International Meeting for Autism Research conference. She said: ‘When you think of autism, you probably think of young children. But children with autism grow up to be adults with autism and eventually (God willing) elderly people with autism. In fact, most people with autism are adults and most adults with autism lack services - or even a diagnosis.'

London put on smog alert as temperatures rise

ITV News 19th May 2014

With the weekend seeing the hottest temperatures of the year so far, this piece comments on the smog risk in London. It mentions that researchers from King's said air from parts of Europe will move across the capital, bringing with it 'industrial and urban emissions'.

Drinkable sunscreen? Don't get your fingers burned

Daily Telegraph 19th May 2014

Osmosis Skincare claims to have invented a sunscreen you can drink. But science, health and skincare experts are urging caution. Professor Antony Young, St John’s Institute of Dermatology, said it was unlikely that anything that could be ingested which would give an SPF protection of Factor 30, as claimed by the manufacturers.

Brazil ‘image crisis’ on the eve of the cup

BBC Brasil 19th May 2014

Article on how Brazil is being reported by the international media on the eve of the World Cup 2014. Professor Anthony Pereira, Brazil Institute, believes that the ‘excessively’ pessimistic coverage of Brazil ahead of the tournament may in fact make it easier for the country to exceed expectations. Also reported by Terra Brasil.

Russia Says It Has Ordered Its Troops Away From Ukraine Border, Again

NPR (US) 19th May 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops amassed along the Ukrainian border to return to their permanent bases, the President’s office announced in a statement on Monday. Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, was interviewed: ‘I think all the decisions being made right now are very short term and are meant to keep Russia's position balanced and to keep everybody else off balance,’ he said. There was further reporting by AP (US) and Miami Herald (US).

Bullying can have lasting scars on children

New Indian Express 19th May 2014

Most people look back on school as a haven of innocent fun, wonderful friends and good times with teachers. But for some, memories of school life are coloured by the trauma of having been bullied. According to research from the Institute of Psychiatry, the effects of bullying can last well into middle age and impact the health, social and economic aspects of a person's life.

Window on the world of Bainbridge’s surreal art and home life

Guardian 18th May 2014

Article about 'Art & Life: The Paintings of Beryl Bainbridge', due to open on 22 May, organised by the Cultural Institute at King's.

Surviving War Doesn’t Turn All Veterans into Victims, Sometimes it Helps Them Grow

Daily Beast (US) 18th May 2014

Our understanding of PTSD has become so broadly applied and focused on victimhood that it ignores the ways that surviving trauma can actually help some people. The article mentions 2002 research from King’s which found that flashbacks were virtually nonexistent among veterans who fought before the age of film. Put another way, PTSD is not a fixed clinical state but a malleable conceptual framework that can absorb elements from the broader culture.

At war with 'white' history

The Telegraph (India) 18th May 2014

Feature article on Dr Santanu Das, English, whose research on World War One literature and culture aims to shift the story of the war from the familiar Eurocentric context to one in which colonial troops from Asia and Africa played a pivotal role: ‘It is said that England, Germany and France fought the war. But the story of the more than four million non-white people who also served has long been ignored,’ he said. Significant material on the Asian experience is expected to emerge from a one-million- Euro project, funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), which Das is heading.

IIT Delhi for the first time decided to adopt the style of Ivy League universities to tap wealthy alumni for donations

Times of India 18th May 2014

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has decided to adopt the style of Ivy League universities to tap wealthy alumni for donations. The report mentions that the largest individual cash gifts to universities were received by Oxford, Cambridge and King's College London among others.

Climate change science has become 'blind' to green bias

Daily Telegraph 17th May 2014

Prof Mike Hulme, Department of Geography, says climate science is becoming increasing politicised, following reports that a major journal suppressed research which cast doubt on the speed of global warming. Also reported by The Times and Independent.

New benchmark for the true heart of London is . . . a bench

The Times 17th May 2014

A study using military technology claims that a bench on Victoria Embankment should now be regarded as the centre of London. The bench is located in front of King's College London. Also reported by Evening Standard.

Coastal erosion

Sky News 17th May 2014

Professor David Demeritt, Geography, was interviewed five months on from the storms that battered the Norfolk coast. He discussed coastal erosion policy and the area.

Nigerian Military a Tricky Partner for West on Hostage Search

NDTV 17th May 2014

Culture clashes and concerns over sovereignty will undermine efforts by foreign experts to help Nigeria's military find the schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram but cooperation can work, experts said on Friday. Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, argues that dismissing Nigeria as a troublesome partner unwilling to take advice is an over-simplification: ‘The Nigerians have shown themselves quite willing to cooperate,’ he said, noting the country's largely praised role in multi-national African peacekeeping forces.

Missing schoolgirls: the Nigerian army, complicated partner for the West

AFP 17th May 2014

Report on how a clash of cultures and issues of national sovereignty make work difficult for the foreign experts sent to help the Nigerian army retrieve more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram. Professor Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, calls the depiction of Nigeria as a problematic partner an oversimplification: ‘Nigerians were rather willing to cooperate,’ he said, stressing the role of the country - widely recognized - in multinational forces peacekeeping across the African continent.

Warning: Blockbuster action films can be too thrilling for our health

Daily Express 16th May 2014

A team from University College London, King’s College London and London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital has found that watching 'emotionally-charged' films can trigger potentially dangerous changes to the heartbeat. This was also reported by the Time Higher Education.

Kenya terror attack

Sky News 16th May 2014

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, says a terror attack by Al-Shabbab in Kenya is a response to the country's military presence in Somalia. He said it also represents an attempt to fuel tensions between Muslims and Christians in Kenya. Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens was also interviewed by BBC Radio Five Live.

Why classic authors are dead to pupils

Times Educational Supplement 16th May 2014

Dr Bethan Marshall, Department of Education & Professional Studies, comments on Jacqueline Wilson's opinion that children fail to see classic authors as real people as they are so accustomed to visits from modern authors. She said: 'They think they're completely irrelevant. Authors now
seem more real than those who wrote hundreds of years ago.'

Power up to become a tech-sawy teacher

Times Educational Supplement 16th May 2014

An article discussing technology in education which says that the educational sector needs to, 'get much better at researching and understanding what works and what does not, especially when it comes to technology'. Mentions research by Professor Margaret Cox, Department of Education & Professional Studies, which demonstrated that learners find the use of technology intrinsically motivating.

Fruit loopy

Guardian 15th May 2014

In an article discussing five portions of fruit and veg a day, Professor Tom Sanders says that by smoothifying fruit and veg you increase the digestibility of it: 'A lot of food of plant origin isn't terribly well digested.'

IEDs: The 'weapon of choice' inflicting mass casualties around the world

Independent i 15th May 2014

A feature on the the emergence of IEDs (improvised explosive devices) as the dominant means by which terrorists inflict mass casualties on civilian populations. Quotes Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation: 'The use of IEDs is not new as such ... but many insurgencies are becoming more visible, more frequent and more intense, which means that – correspondingly – the numbers of IEDs are increasing, too.'

'Prince of darkness' plots EU parliament power grab

Financial Times 15th May 2014

A focus on Klaus Welle, secretary-general of the European Parliament, and using the parliamentary elections to select the presidency of the European Commission. Professor Anand Menon, European & International Studies, describes the Commission as, 'held to ransom by the parliament'.

Gain a world of experience

Times Higher Education 15th May 2014

A feature on the increasing encouragement of students to study abroad. Tom Atterson, acting head of King's
Worldwide, said: 'We've started to send more staff abroad, combining professional development opportunities with informal audits of partner institutions. This ensures that we stay abreast of changes overseas, while offering the chance to colleagues around King's - in admissions, estates, library services and accommodation, for example - to get involved with overseas activity that they might not normally experience.'

Science on stage, fully rehearsed

Times Higher Education 15th May 2014

Feature on science plays, looking at the writers, their intentions and what they achieve. Includes a picture from a recent London production of Copenhagen at King's which dramatised a meeting between Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg.

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014

Times Higher Education 15th May 2014

King's College London is one of the ten most improved institutions in the survey. The findings were also reported by the Times.

Go Greek and you get ahead

Evening Standard 15th May 2014

John Kittmer, the British Ambassador to Greece, was back at King's, his alma mater, this week to give a talk at the Centre for Hellenic Studies’ 25th anniversary bash.

'I hallucinate and see tortoises and men's faces in my house': Elderly woman's sight loss causes her to see things that aren't there

Daily Mail 15th May 2014

An elderly woman has spoken out about her eye condition which causes hallucinations - meaning she sees men's faces and tortoises in her home. New research by King's College London and published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, revealed it both lasts longer than previously thought and has more damaging effects.

European elections

BBC London 14th May 2014

Dr Edoardo Bressanelli, European & International Studies, discusses the upcoming elections and the European Union. He said: 'First of all there are two kinds of benefits I believe the European Union brings to any member, London in particular. First of all you can get money from the European Union and the second thing, it simplifies life in a way.' (01.43.57)

Pupils' calculator ban is hard to figure

Daily Telegraph 14th May 2014

Leading academics have said that banning calculators from primary school exams could damage children's maths skills. Research from King's has indicated that the number of 11- to 14-year-olds with a poor grasp of basic calculation had more than doubled over the last 30 years. Professor Jeremy Hodgen, Education & Professional Studies, said: 'The evidence suggests that in primary school the use of calculators is beneficial provided children are taught to use calculators alongside other methods.' and was also interviewed by BBC London and BBC Radio 5 Live. Professor Maragaret Brown, also Education & Professional Studies, was interviewed by BBC Coventry & Warwaickshire and said: 'If you overuse them [calculators] that's as bad as not using them at all. The best results are from judicial use of calculators.' This was also reported by the Telegraph and TES.

England's first fight for democracy?

BBC News 14th May 2014

A feature on the Battle of Lewes which asks if it led lead to England's first tentative steps towards representative democracy? Professor David Carpenter, History, is quoted: 'No historian has ever been able to show a parliament which had both of these before. You could say it represented the House of Commons in its earliest form.'

Hallucinations worse than thought for sight loss sufferers

ITV News online 14th May 2014

Vivid hallucinations experienced by people with sight loss last far longer and have more serious consequences than previously thought, a study by King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry has found. Also reported by Daily Mail.

Daily Planet

Discovery Channel (US) 14th May 2014

Feature programme on the skinsuit project led by Dr David Green, Human & Aerospace Physiology. The programme discusses King’s efforts to develop a high-tech, tight-fitted space ‘skinsuit’ to help astronauts overcome back problems in space, covering the evolution of the project including the ISS flight and more recently the parabolic flight.

Israel, Egypt getting along great these days

USA Today 14th May 2014

Since army strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted an Islamist leader from power last year, relations between Egypt and Israel have improved and are expected to strengthen with his anticipated ascent to the presidency. Professor Robert Springborg, War Studies, said: ‘The relations dramatically improved with the removal of President (Mohamed) Morsi.’

Afghan Affair

Telegraph (India) 14th May 2014

Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, and Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, India Institute/War Studies, spoke about the difference between withdrawal and drawdown in the context of Afghanistan’s future at an event hosted by the British High Commission in India. They were joined by the BJP party’s lead on foreign policy.

Bullying raises risk of cardiovascular disease

New Scientist 13th May 2014

Research suggests that children who were bullied have higher levels of C-reactive protein in their blood which is linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease and problems like diabetes. Dr Andrea Danese, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "This new study is a helpful addition in showing that these effects extend to another important childhood stressor,"

Bullying at school raises stroke risk

Daily Mail 13th May 2014

The article mentions research by the Institute of Psychiatry which found that those bullied as children were more likely to have poor mental and physical health 40 years later, aged 50.

Why Is Our Anxiety Getting Out Of Control?

Huffington Post 13th May 2014

According to the charity Mental Health Foundation, levels of anxiety are rising. The article quotes Professor Paul Salkovskis, a psychologist from the Institute of Psychiatry (now at Bath University), saying: "Many people have a sense of impending disaster, and think they're going to faint, lose control or even die. You need to tell yourself that this is not going to happen and the symptoms you're experiencing are caused by anxiety."

The medical experts low-energy light bulbs who refuse to use in their homes

Daily Mail 13th May 2014

Professor John Hawk, the retired head of the photobiology unit at St John's Institute of Dermatology, comments on the risk of damage to skin from radiation created by low-energy lightbulbs. He said: 'warns: 'There is good evidence that the CFLs that have been foisted upon us emit radiation sufficient to cause damage to the skin if used close by for long enough.'

Dimblebys back cancer centre appeal

Press Association 13th May 2014

David and Jonathan Dimbleby are backing a fundraising appeal for a new cancer centre at Guy's Hospital. Funding for the project is coming from Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and a grant of £26.7 million from Guy's and St Thomas' Charity. A grant of £15 million has been awarded to King's College London from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund, managed by the Higher Education Funding Council, for a research hub at the new centre.

Born Different

BBC Radio 4 13th May 2014

In the last of this three part series, Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses what the genetics of intelligence could mean for educational policy.

A Foreign Policy Vacuum

New Indian Express 13th May 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on the importance of foreign policy to the outcome of the Indian election: ‘Foreign policy issues do not attract votes, we are constantly reminded. And so even as India prepares to welcome a new government later this month after a high-decibel election campaign, no real debate has emerged on foreign and security policy facing India at this moment of great flux in global and regional politics.’

Indian SME’s seek greater UK engagement

Economic Times (India) 13th May 2014

The Indian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector has called for greater engagement from the UK business community. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) UK linked up with King's India Institute to look into the support available for small Indian firms looking to expand into the UK as well as British SMEs looking at emerging markets. Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute, said: ‘It is clear that the British economy needs to engage more with Indian SMEs. It is an important time in India and the need for ground information has never been greater.’

Cambridge is best university, Oxford second

Financial Express (India) 13th May 2014

Report on the Complete University Guide's 2015 Guide to British Universities mentions King’s ranking of 28th in the UK. Also reported in India by Financial Chronicle, Hindustan Times, Times of India and Press Trust India.

ADHD cases are linked to children from broken homes

The Times 12th May 2014

Children from broken homes could be significantly more likely to have attention-deficit problems than their peers, according to a study. Professor Eric Taylor, Institute of Psychiatry, commented that ADHD had been linked with some kinds of childhood trauma, but not social disadvantage. Professor Emily Simonoff, also IOP, said: “It serves, however, as a reminder to clinicians seeing people with ADHD that they are more vulnerable to experiencing a range of negative life events and that a comprehensive assessment and care package should consider personal experiences and possible risks.”

Business Live: CBI predicts rate rise

BBC News 12th May 2014

Nick Butler, King's Policy Institute and former BP executive, is mentioned in relation to the annual general meeting of Centrica, owner of British Gas, being held. Its full-year profits are likely to be lower than forecast. Professor Butler said: 'In the short term it's an issue of low demand. That's due to a mild winter. Compounding this is the government's preference for renewables, which isn't the gas company's focus.'

Could Boris Johnson be UK PM and then be US president?

BBC News 12th May 2014

As Boris Johnson renews his US passport, this article asks whether it would be possible for him to become the US president. Dr Joshua Simon, Institute of North American Studies, said: 'There is nothing in the constitution to stop a foreign leader becoming US head of state.'

India elections: the bookies back Modi

Financial Times 12th May 2014

A feature on the Indian elections quotes Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, who said: 'Who will detect the voting behaviour of the dalits, especially out of UP, these people are not gambling, are not playing, are not heard?'

Kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls

Sky News 12th May 2014

Dr Abiodun Alao, African Leadership Centre, is interviewed about the rejection by the Nigerian government of a proposed swap of the kidnapped schoolgirls for Boko Haram prisoners. Video footage of the girls has also been released. He said that if negotiations began, this would be the first time that the Nigerian government has negotiated with Boko Haram but that, 'this is not the first time that Boko Haram has negotiated with other international countries with regard to hostage taking.' Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, was interviewed by BBC World Service about Boko Haram and Dr Eka Ilpe, Africa Leadership Centre, was interviewed by BBC World News.

Time for Action

Times of India 12th May 2014

Item in the ‘research round-up’ column in the Education Times supplement discusses a three-part report on cancer care recently published in The Lancet Oncology, led by Professor Richard Sullivan, King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre, which urges political leaders to address the social and economic impact of the disease in India.

Myth of Moderation

Indian Express 12th May 2014

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, writes an opinion piece on extremism ahead of the Indian election results: ‘Political scientists supporting the ‘moderation thesis’ argue that democratic regimes which incorporate exclusivist parties (including those which claim to represent a religious group) in electoral games usually transform them into more moderate political actors,’ he said.

Inequality will worsen in America unless… Piketty’s Rx

PBS Newshour (US) 12th May 2014

Report on French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, mentions his recent talk at King’s College London.

Short Science

South China Morning Post 11th May 2014

Further coverage of new research from King’s which found that environment is as important as genes in assessing the causes of autism. Also reported by Dallas Morning News (US).

News Analysis: Premier Li's visit to Africa consolidates growing relations

Xinhua (China) 11th May 2014

Experts have welcomed the ongoing visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to four African nations as one which consolidates growing and deepening bilateral relations. Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, called China's strengthening relations with Africa just one element of a significant shift in the early half of the 21st century: ‘We are seeing China rising as a global power and the pivot of geopolitical influence moving from West to East…China's increasing engagement with Africa is part of a broader set of patterns,’ he said.

Nagging could cost the lives of hundreds of men

Daily Telegraph 10th May 2014

New research has found that the burden of a demanding partner is linked to hundreds of extra deaths each year. Prof Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, said women are better at recognising they are stressed and seek help amongst their wider circle of social support they have.

Peace in Ukraine

Guardian 9th May 2014

A letter, co-signed by Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, states that it is in everyone's interests that all sides in the Ukraine crisis should support the proposal that the UN and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) should do everything possible to promote international negotiations with the aim of ending the violence.

Thomas Piketty in London, the ghost of Mrs Thatcher and another boost for Salmond

New Statesman 9th May 2014

A discussion by Jason Cowley of French economist Thomas Piketty which mentions a recent lecture given by him at King’s.

LUM001 being developed as a therapy for rare cholestatic liver diseases

Press Association 9th May 2014

Dr Richard Thompson, Transplantation Immunology & Muscosal Biology, comments on the use of LUM001 as a therapy for liver disease. He said: 'LUM001 may reproduce the effects of more invasive surgical procedures for children suffering from PFIC. The potential to alleviate debilitating itching whilst improving overall liver function with a once-daily drug represents a much-needed pharmacological treatment option for this rare, but serious, disease.'

'Gateway to Asia' conference breaks records

British Dental Journal 9th May 2014

Dr Arthif Daniel, former honorary clinical teacher the Dental Institute, is mentioned in this article about the eighth IDEM Singapore (International Dental Exhibition and Meeting) and trade fair. It also features an interview with Dr Daniel where he discusses his experiences in boxing.

Grant panels ‘should have equality training’, says report

Times Higher Education 8th May 2014

Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice Principal (Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this piece about the new policy report which has shown progress in diversity in STEM is too slow. Professor Welch said: 'I strongly endorse one of the central arguments CaSE has – rightly – sought to make in this report, which is that improving diversity in STEM isn’t an optional extra.'

Qatar forces to be trained by Serco in £26m deal

Reuters (UK) 8th May 2014

Qatari armed forces are to be taught by King’s in a new venture at the recently established Joaan Bin Jassim Joint Command and Staff College in Doha. King’s Defence Studies Department, the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Serco will deliver professional post-graduate education to senior members of the Qatari armed forces for an initial three-year period. Also reported by Daily Telegraph Business.

The students are no longer revolting

Times Higher Education 8th May 2014

Report comparing today's students to the students of the 1960s says that they have become largely tamed, domesticated and institutionalised. Notes how lecturers who do not take heed of the student voice risk a poor departmental performance in the National Student Survey, and a low ranking for their university in institutional league tables. This can make it difficult for academics to challenge the student voice, resulting in what Duna Sabri, visiting research fellow at King's College London, has termed the sacralisation of the discourse of 'the student experience'.

Counter-terrorism experts notice pattern

BBC Radio 4 - Today 8th May 2014

Figures from researchers at King's have shown that about a quarter of the people convicted for terrorist offences in this country since 2001 have been converts. A feature on BBC Radio 4's The Report also examined this issue and featured an interview with Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR. He said: ‘We’ve seen over the years that of the people who’ve been convicted of terrorism offences, the number of converts has been about 25 per cent.’

Find it hard to place a face? It's all in the genes

Daily Mail 8th May 2014

New research by the Institute of Psychiatry presented at the British Psychological Society conference today shows the ability to recognise faces can be inherited, with 60 per cent of the trait down to genes. Nicholas Shakeshaft, author of the research, says: 'More attention is paid by humans to the face than anything else, faces are important to us as social beings and how well we performed in groups that our ancestors would have been involved in'. Also reported in The Times.

FDA clearance paves way for computerized ADHD monitoring

Nature 8th May 2014

Article about the 'QbTest' - a new computerised measure of attention and hyperactivity problems to help ADHD diagnosis - which is currently being used by Prof Philip Asherson, Institute of Psychiatry, in a large study of ADHD in UK prisons.

Crisis in Ukraine grows deeper

Evening Standard 8th May 2014

Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, writes a letter regarding the growing crisis in Ukraine. He said: ‘The level of hostility towards Ukraine and Ukrainians is deeply worrying. The real danger is that hearts and minds in Eastern Ukraine, given the dominance of Russian TV in the region, will be permanently poisoned against the rest of their compatriots.’

Pfizer takeover 'disastrous' for London science

Evening Standard 8th May 2014

Professor Robert Lechler, Vice Principal (Health), comments on the takeover of AstraZeneca by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. He said: ‘By working with commercial partners, we can capitalise on our breakthroughs, bring new treatments to market and boost the UK’s economy. This dynamic environment is what has made companies like AstraZeneca an attractive proposition to investors.’ Also reported by the Guardian, Financial Times and Daily Telegraph.

How chivalry on the pavement could kill you

Daily Telegraph 8th May 2014

A government adviser claims that walking closer to the kerb exposes you to higher levels of pollution. They claimed that Londoners should avoid walking too near the kerb because on busy streets, air pollution can be up to a third higher than on the inside of the pavement. Professor David Phillips, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, said that the risk increases with any exposure to pollution and, ‘does not suddenly kick in at a particular level’.

Two Britons reportedly killed while fighting in Syria

Guardian 8th May 2014

As the Foreign Office investigates reports that two British nationals have died while fighting in Syria, Shiraz Maher, ICSR, is quoted and said: ‘It appears two British citizens have died in Syria while fighting for ISIS. They were fighting Jabhat al-Nusra at the time.’ This was also reported by the Mirror, BBC News, ITV News and Press Association.

Police accountability

ITV London Tonight 8th May 2014

Professor Ben Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, comments on the trialling of body cameras by police in the London Borough of Camden. He said: ‘I think that if the police are routinely going to be expected to film members of the public, they should routinely expect the public to be filming them. That way, we’ll have true police accountability.’

Putin Lobbies for Chinese Backing in Ukraine Standoff

VOA (US) 8th May 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to travel to China later this month, hoping to seal energy deals and build diplomatic relations amid a souring of relations between Moscow and the West. Russia aims to triple oil exports to China and analysts say growing tensions over Ukraine are forcing Moscow to look for gas markets outside Europe, with Putin aiming to sign off on building a pipeline to China. Dr Natasha Kuhrt, War Studies, called it far from a done deal: ‘China likes to ensure that it has a diversity of supply.’ She added that Moscow also will find it difficult to gain support from Beijing over its stance on Ukraine.

Serco enters Middle East defence agreement with Qatar deal

New York Times (US) 8th May 2014

Struggling British outsourcing firm Serco has signed its first defence contract in the Middle East - a 26 million pound deal to deliver education courses to officers of the Qatar Armed Forces. Under the three-year contract with Qatar's Ministry of Defence, Serco will provide postgraduate-level military education courses for majors and lieutenant colonels in the navy, army and air force, in partnership with Britain's Ministry of Defence and King's.

Putin Lobbies for Chinese Backing in Ukraine Standoff

VOA (US) 8th May 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin is due to travel to China later this month, hoping to seal energy deals and build diplomatic relations amid a souring of relations between Moscow and the West. Russia aims to triple oil exports to China and analysts say growing tensions over Ukraine are forcing Moscow to look for gas markets outside Europe, with Putin aiming to sign off on building a pipeline to China. Dr Natasha Kuhrt, War Studies, called it far from a done deal: ‘China likes to ensure that it has a diversity of supply.’ She added that Moscow also will find it difficult to gain support from Beijing over its stance on Ukraine.

Care agencies 'must ensure recruits can speak English'

BBC News 7th May 2014

A new government scheme will mean that new care workers will have to earn a training certificate within 12 weeks of starting a job. Dr Shereen Hussein, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, welcomed the introduction of 'a consistent certificate' and said: 'My concern would be, yes it's great to have a consistent and portable certificate that ensures a minimum standard, but then we need something in place to assure that it is delivered at that higher standard and that it is portable between providers.' This was reported by BBC News and BBC Breakfast.

Dr Hussein also commented on the call for English language skills to be part of the new certificate. She said that communication issues means that, 'migrants can be vulnerable when they're placed in people's homes - and carers have reported instances of racism and discrimination that stem from communication problems.' This was reported by the Press Association, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Guardian, Sun, BBC News, BBC 1 Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 Today and BBC Radio 5 Live.

Student life - Building a better future

Nursing Standard 7th May 2014

Sneha Baljekar and Alexandra Malet, both final year students in Nursing & Midwifery, write about their experience of a four-week nursing elective through the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership. They said: 'As students, we are encouraged to believe that we can be the leaders of the future. Ultimately, there are a great many things we can learn from our global colleagues and the patients they look after – and it is never too early to start.'

Pregnancy complications evident in women with chronic hypertension

Nursing Standard 7th May 2014

Research from King's which examined 55 studies from 25 countries, encompassing 795,221 pregnancies and revealed the magnitude of the risks of chronic hypertension for pregnancy outcomes.'

In Ukraine’s corridors of power, an effort to toss out the old

NPR (US) 7th May 2014

Feature on the Ukraine mentions a flyer in Kiev advertising a talk by the head of parliament's ‘lustration’ committee. Dr Sam Greene, Director, King’s Russia Institute, is quoted explaining that lustration is actually an English word: ‘It comes from Latin. It means to shed light on something…It is bringing something that was hidden or in the dark, in the shadows, out into the open,’ he said.

In Ukraine’s corridors of power, an effort to toss out the old

NPR (US) 7th May 2014

Feature on the Ukraine mentions a flyer in Kiev advertising a talk by the head of parliament's ‘lustration’ committee. Dr Sam Greene, Director, King’s Russia Institute, is quoted explaining that lustration is actually an English word: ‘It comes from Latin. It means to shed light on something…It is bringing something that was hidden or in the dark, in the shadows, out into the open,’ he said.

From US car parks to Sulaymaniyah's bazaar

Al Jazeera 7th May 2014

The billion-dollar trade in second-hand clothes is suffering as disposable income diminishes in donor countries. Dr Andrew Brooks, Geography, is quoted noting the ‘hidden professionalism of the charitable used clothing trade’.

Born Equal

BBC Radio 4 6th May 2014

In the second of three episodes on genes and intelligence, Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about the post-war era.

Eczema sufferers have lower skin cancer risk

Telegraph 6th May 2014

Eczema caused by defects in the skin could reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, according to new research by King’s. The immune response triggered by eczema could help prevent tumour formation by shedding potentially cancerous cells from the skin. Professor Fiona Watt, Director of the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, said: ‘We are excited by our findings as they establish a clear link between cancer susceptibility and an allergic skin condition in our experimental model. They also support the view that modifying the body’s immune system is an important strategy in treating cancer.' This was also reported by the Times, Independent, Daily Mail, Sun, Nursing Times, Independent i, Press Association, BBC 1 Breakfast, BBC World News and Huffington Post.

Ditch diesel cars to save London lives

Evening Standard 6th May 2014

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, is quoted in this piece calling for a reduction in diesel cars on the capital's roads in order to reduce the death toll from breathing in polluted air. He said: ‘To cut pollution we must reduce traffic and ensure that what remains on the road is cleaner.’ Research from King’s which has found that diesel cars emit up to four times more nitrogen oxides than official tests have indicated was reported in relation to this by the Times.

Sunscreen

BBC - The One Show 5th May 2014

Research at King's is testing a brand new sunscreen with more natural origins from corals which produce natural sunscreens called MAAs which pass along the food chain. Dr Paul Long is interviewed and said it is 'at least as effective as commercial sunscreens that are on the market at the moment.'

Environment as important as genes in autism, study finds

Reuters UK 4th May 2014

Research from the Institute of Psychiatry finds that environmental factors are as important as genes in understanding autism. The study also found that at an individual level, the risk of autism increases according to how close you are genetically to other relatives with autism. Dr Sven Sandin, lead author of the study from the IoP said: "We can now provide accurate information about autism risk which can comfort and guide parents and clinicians in their decisions." A;so reported by The Mail on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, Fox News, San Fransisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Agence France Presse, Hindustan Times, Deccan Herald, Reuters India, amongst others.

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U.S. e-cigarette experiment inspires new medical device

Reuters (UK) 4th May 2014

A plan to develop a better e-cigarette has become a more ambitious effort to design a new medical device: an inhaler that delivers measured doses of nicotine to help people quit smoking. Dr Ben Forbes, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, said: 'I can see a lot of barriers, but the idea is certainly interesting. Changes in inhaler technology have been very incremental over the years, so maybe something like this would have a place.'

Beyond the battlefield

Financial Times 3rd May 2014

A review of two books written by Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, considers whether war drives progress or imperil's it. He said: 'Our world has been shaped for better or worse by war. The arrangement of the modern state system including its borders, ethnic composition and political structures, along with the international institutions that stand above it can all be traced to conflicts of one sort or another.'

Is excessive bureaucracy unethical?

British Medical Journal 3rd May 2014

A comment piece on the ethics of bureaucracy by Sean Roche, a former visiting research fellow in Philosophy. He said: 'I suggest that we adhere to a basic premise: that it is ethically incumbent on a public health service to maximise the health and wellbeing of the population, within the constraints of the finite resources at its disposal.'

British jihadists

Sky News 2nd May 2014

Researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation uncovered video footage which appears to show a British man participating in the murder of a prisoner, an act that could constitute a war crime. This was also reported by the Daily Mail and Mirror.

India turns to Russia to help supply arms to Afghan forces

Reuters (UK) 1st May 2014

India has signed an agreement under which it will pay Russia to supply arms and equipment to the Afghan military as foreign combat troops prepare to leave the country, in a move that risks infuriating Pakistan. Referring to India's decision to arrange for supplies from Russia, Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, War Studies, said: 'It is very clear that the Afghan government has been pushing for this, especially Karzai, to make sure that the ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) is stocked and has options post-withdrawal.'

Victorian burials

BBC - History Extra 1st May 2014

Dr Ruth Levitt, Political Economy, is interviewed on the topic of Victorian burials and traditions. She said: 'The main reason [for overcrowding of cemetaries] was population growth. The rise of urban populations was very dramatic in the nineteenth century with the coming of work opportunities in the towns.'

CultureCase launch

Arts Professional 1st May 2014

A new online tool launched by the Cultural Institute at King's, CultureCase will give practitioners access to ‘lay’ summaries of academic research to support evidence-based decision-making and help build the case for investment. The tool was also mentioned by The Stage.

Switch to diesel cars 'costs 7,000 lives every year'

Daily Mail 30th April 2014

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group (ERG), has said that government ministers have created a public health crisis by promoting diesel cars. He said diesel engines – championed since the 1970s because they were thought to emit fewer greenhouse gases – could be responsible for more than 7,000 deaths a year in Britain. Professor Martin Williams, also from the ERG, supported this view. This was also reported by the Daily Telegraph, Times and Guardian.

Baby's genes may depend on the season

Times 30th April 2014

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, comments on new research which has found a link between a mother's diet and the DNA of her unborn baby. Professor Spector said: 'This study is important as it shows for the first time in humans that small seasonal changes in the pregnant mothers’ diet have an influence on how many of our key developmental genes are switched on or off by epigenetics.'

Stop and search

BBC News Channel 30th April 2014

Following the announcements of new measures for police forces on stop and search, Professor Ben Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, comments. He said: 'I think we're moving in the right direction. What I would like to have seen is a more robust response from the Home Secretary.'

Leading nurses highlight the truth about nursing

Nursing Standard 30th April 2014

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing & Midwifery, writes alongside two other leading nurse academics on the topic of standards in nursing. Complaints about nurses should be seen as an early warning sign that the quality of care is being eroded, rather than a reason to blame the profession for declining standards. The authors said: 'Instead of blaming nurses and expecting care to improve, it may be more productive to consider complaints about nurses as early warning signs that the quality of health care is being eroded, and then consider how to avert the ‘quality storm’.'

Women in science

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour 30th April 2014

Dr Rivka Isaacson, Chemistry, talks about women in science and technology during Woman's Hour takeover. She described her own background and research and also said: 'I went to a conference last week and it was very male dominated. There were 17 speakers and three were female. It was in stark contrast to a conference I had gone to earlier the same week which was specifically for young researchers. When I got the line up I was astounded that it was 80 per cent female speakers.' (14.14)

Scientists sniff out the truth of mice and men

Times 29th April 2014

An article reporting that new research suggests the results of experiments using mice may have been skewed by the presence of male researchers. The study found that the presence of a man was as stressful for mice as swimming in cold water for three minutes or being trapped in a plastic tube for 15 minutes. Professor Roger Morris, Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, said that he had noticed the same differences: 'I put [it] down to the fact that she was very calm, unhurried, completely non-aggressive, whereas I was always dealing with other management issues and so [was] high on adrenaline'

Born Smart

BBC Radio 4 29th April 2014

Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about how genes are involved in intelligence. He says "genetics is an important factor in how easy children find it to learn."

Syria's agony will continue

Evening Standard 29th April 2014

Dr Reinoud Leenders, writes about the crisis in Syria. He said: 'Following recent gains, it will be no surprise if the Assad regime takes Aleppo shortly.'

‘Depression and burn-out’ at work afflict one-third of employees

The Independent 28th April 2014

Businesses have launched an initiative to tackle the problem of depression in the workplace, setting out guidelines for spotting and helping employees with mental health issues. A study by the London School of Economics and King’s College London estimated that the annual cost to European businesses was £77bn.

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Henry Miller Colombia death - Ayahuasca

BBC Radio 4 - Today programme 28th April 2014

Dr Vaughan Bell, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about the hallucinogenic 'Yage' or 'Ayahuasca' following the news that an 18 year old boy, Henry Miller, died in Colombia having taken the drug (Begins at 1:44:00). His comments were also reported by BBC Mundo.

There is no legal barrier to UN cross-border operations in Syria

Guardian 28th April 2014

A letter about the need for humanitarian aid in Syria and the barriers faced by agencies is signed by Professor Guglielmo Verdirame, War Studies.

BDA training essentials

Nature 28th April 2014

Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya, Dental Institute, leads a training day: 'Oral cancer: the dental team's responsibility'. This course helps define the dental team's duty of care.

No 10 and Clegg split over straight civil partnerships

The Sunday Times 27th April 2014

In an article reporting a coalition split as a result of David Cameron vetoing proposals to give heterosexual couples the same rights as homosexual couples to enter civil partnerships, Professor Robert Wintemute, The Dickson Poon School of Law, is quoted: 'In the Netherlands some people don’t like the history of the institution of marriage and some don’t like the terminology. They prefer the idea of being equal civil partners as opposed to husband and wife.'

Expressing love

BBC Radio 5 Live 27th April 2014

In a piece looking at how men express their emotions, Professor Simon May, Philosophy, discusses how men have expressed their love throughout history. He said: 'For most of Western history, men have volubly expressed their love.' (24.04)

Womenomics: why women are the future of our economy

Daily Telegraph 27th April 2014

An article discussing how women are the future of our economy, which quotes Professor Alison Wolf, Management: 'Women’s spending power is huge. It’s why the luxury sector didn’t collapse during the financial crisis of 2008, as nearly everyone predicted.'

A better preparation for life

Daily Telegraph 26th April 2014

An article which looks in depth at the differences between the International Baccalaureate (IB) and traditional A Levels. It mentions that King's has announced a reduction in its requirements for the IB with 35 points out of a possible 45 now being considered equivalent to 3 As at A Level rather than 39 points.

Helmut Koenigsberger

Guardian 26th April 2014

Obituary for historian Helmut Koenigsberger who established the Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History series mentions that he had a professorship at King's from 1973-84.

German television drama

BBC Radio 4 - Today 26th April 2014

Professor Erica Carter, Head of the Department of German, discusses a new German television drama about the Second World War which has been criticised for '[letting] off a generation that fought for the Third Reich too easily'. Professor Carter said: 'I think it's incredibly compelling and I'm very pleased that it's coming to British screens. I think it's going to create a different kind of debate.' (01.53.30)

Ukraine crisis

BBC Radio 5 Live - Morning Reports 25th April 2014

Dr Sam Greene, King’s Russia Institute, comments on the news that Russian troops have been ordered to carry out new military exercises along the border in response to claims that five Russian separatists were killed in clashes at checkpoints in the region. He said: ‘What each side at the moment is trying to do is to establish who’s in control. Ukraine needs to demonstrate that it has effective control over its own territory when very clearly it does not.’ (09.20)

The Low-Down on Legal Highs

Wall Street Journal 25th April 2014

Dr. Adam Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry and founder of The Global Drug Survey, warned against excessive preoccupation with legal-high drugs. While conceding that the rise in their use was notable, he said these substances only accounted for 11% of the drugs actually mentioned by users surveyed.

Doris Pilkington Garimara

BBC Radio 4 - Last Word 25th April 2014

In an obituary for Doris Pilkington Garimara, author of 'Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence', Dr Ian Henderson describes the story of the book. He said: 'Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence is a story of resilience in the sense that there's 3 young girls that are taken by the government and moved nearly 1500 miles away.' (06.50)

Ten British women - including two teens - are fighting jihad in Syria after joining a group so violent even al-Qaeda has disowned them

Daily Mail 25th April 2014

An article reporting that ten British women are now fighting in the civil war raging in Syria. The women are thought to have joined their husbands in a hard-line Muslim faction so extreme it has been disowned by Al-Qaeda. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is quoted: 'Most British jihadists go to Syria for sincere reasons to help in what they believe is a struggle against oppression but many don't appreciate the reality on the ground.' Mr Maher was also quoted by the Telegraph in a piece about the effects of online radicalisation.

Britain number one country Muslims are flocking from to fight in Syria civil war

Daily Express 25th April 2014

Article reports that Britain tops the league of would-be jihadists flocking to Syria to fight in the civil war. Figures from researchers at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation examined the social media profiles of Western fighters and found that Britain has provided the largest number of Westerners who have travelled to Syria.

Rise in number of cannabis farms

BBC Radio 4 - Today programme 24th April 2014

Professor Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about the potency of skunk versus traditional cannabis. (Begins 1:20:00)

A Rock Star's Brother Made A Documentary. What It Says About Sibling Rivalry.

New Republic 24th April 2014

Article about siblings mentions research by King's which suggests that different friend groups play a huge factor in the development of different aspirations between siblings.

Men fleeing to Syrian civil war

BBC Radio 4 - Today 24th April 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), has spoken about the campaign by the police to encourage British Muslim women to dissuade the men in their families from heading to Syria. Speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today, he said: 'I think the police are the wrong people to be launching this type of campaign. I think that message should have been coming out either from community groups or from other elements of government.' His comments were also featured by BBC Radio 4 PM (16.13) and BBC Radio 5 Live (12.01) and he was further quoted by the Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph, Independent and ITV News. Professor Peter Neumann, ICSR, was quoted by the Times and Guardian on the topic of Assad infiltrating extreme jihadist groups in Syria. He said: 'There still is no solid evidence, however, that the jihadists as a whole are controlled by the regime, despite repeated announcements by opposition figures that such evidence would be forthcoming'. Figures relating to radicalisation in social media which have been analysed by the ICSR have also been quoted by the Daily Express and Guardian.

Campus close up

Times Higher Education 24th April 2014

The proposed Science Gallery London has been praised by the president of the Republic of Ireland on his state visit to the UK. During a speech at the Royal Society on 9 April, Michael D. Higgins said that King's public science gallery, due to open in 2016, was an excellent example of cultural collaboration between the UK and Ireland, which followed in the footsteps of a similar project at Trinity College Dublin.

Transforming the tariff

Times Higher Education 24th April 2014

Paul Teulon, Director of Admissions, is mentioned in a piece about changes to university admission tariffs as chairing a dedicated advisory group.

Cuts to grant funding for disabled students will put their studies at risk

Guardian 24th April 2014

Dr Sarah Lewthwaite, King’s Learning Institute, writes about proposed cuts to the Disabled Students' Allowances. These grants are offered to disabled students to support their studies and without this funding higher education will no longer be viable for some. For others, cuts will mean persevering without necessary support, leading to higher drop-out rates, dissatisfaction and lower educational attainment.

Are we a Christian country?

Independent 24th April 2014

Emeritus Professor Brian Everitt writes a letter about Christian principles. He said: ‘A perhaps more honest Prime Minister than Cameron (and a much better one), Clement Attlee, got it right when he said he believed in Christian principles as a way of life but without the mumbo-jumbo surrounding them.’

Skin layer grown in lab could replace animal testing

BBC News (Online) 24th April 2014

An international team led by King’s College London and the San Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) has developed the first lab-grown epidermis – the outermost skin layer - with a functional permeability barrier akin to real skin. The new epidermis, grown from human pluripotent stem cells, offers a cost-effective alternative lab model for testing drugs and cosmetics, and could also help to develop new therapies for rare and common skin disorders. This was also reported by ITV News, Press Association, Daily Telegraph, Sun, Daily Mail, Independent, BBC Radio 5 Live, Business Standard, Guardian Liberty Voice, Jagran Post and Daijiworld.

Man Vs Machine

ITV - Tonight 24th April 2014

Footage taken in the Centre for Robotics Research is included in this documentary exploring how robots will change industry and replace the jobs of people.

French accused of sending le smog across the Channel

Times 23rd April 2014

The Environmental Research Group is mentioned in relation to predictions made about pollution levels and smog making its way across the Channel. This was also reported by the Evening Standard and Huffington Post.

New migraine treatments show promise

CNN 23rd April 2014

Studies presented at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting suggest that two new drugs may prevent migraines from happening. Professor Peter Goadsby from King's and co-author of both studies says: "We've identified a new preventive treatment for migraines, something that reduces frequency, the number of attacks and severity of attacks, how bad the attacks are," Also reported by LA Times.

New Insight Into Aging Brains

Washington Post 23rd April 2014

Nearly a quarter of the changes often seen in a person's intelligence level over the course of a lifetime may be due to genes, a proportion never before estimated, new research shows. Commenting on the research, Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "The nature-nurture controversy is never more contentious than when it concerns the genetics of intelligence,"

Is a pill made from lobsters the secret to a longer life?

Daily Mail 22nd April 2014

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, comments on the news that the food supplement glucosamine, often made from shellfish, can make mice live nearly 10  per cent longer. He said: 'Glucosamine is an interesting molecule that could affect us subtly in many ways. If even a modest effect on ageing were proven, it would be a major advance. However, humans are not the same as worms or rodents and studies will need careful replication before we get overexcited.'

New exhibition in capital shows art of novelist Beryl Bainbridge

Evening Standard 22nd April 2014

Presented by the Cultural Institute at King's, the first London exhibition of the art of novelist Beryl Bainbridge will open in May at Somerset House. This was also covered by the Hampstead & Highgate Express, Independent i, Independent Radar Magazine, Times Literary Supplement,

Trekking twins ready for Greenland

BBC News (Online) 22nd April 2014

Identical twins, Hugo and Ross Turner, are making final preparations for very different expeditions across Greenland. Hugo Turner will be dressed in modern protective clothing, and his twin will be in similar kit to that used by polar explorers 100 years ago. The Department of Twin Research will will monitor if and how Hugo benefits from advances in modern technology and nutrition.

Freezing eggs only gives 8% chance of motherhood

Daily Mail 21st April 2014

New figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority indicate that career women who spend thousands of pounds freezing their eggs only have an 8 per cent chance of having a baby. Professor Susan Bewley, Women's Health, warned: 'This is a profit-driven industry, which is fuelled by marketing and positive stories.'

Mystery Map

ITV 1 21st April 2014

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about mass hysteria on ITV's mystery map, which explores some of Britain's most intriguing mysteries.

Secret art stash hidden in council vaults

Sky News 20th April 2014

A Sky News investigation has found that millions of pounds worth of art were lying unseen in council vaults, and there have been calls to sell these off to meet budget shortfalls. Dr Ruth Adams, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, debated the issue of local authority art collections, and what should be done with them.

Patriotic, devout and angry... the hardliners backing Modi

Observer 20th April 2014

With the controversial Hindu nationalist set for victory in India's elections next month, supporters and critics say India is at a turning point. Professor Christophe Jaffrelot, India Institute, said:'The tradition in the RSS ... was that the organisation prevailed over the man, and leaders had a collective decision-making process and never projected a single individual.'

Diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure

British Medical Journal 19th April 2014

Rupert Williams, British Heart Foundation Centre of Excellence, is part of a consultation relating to the hypothetic diagnosis and management of chronic heart failure.

Bullying at school affects health 40 years later

Daily Telegraph 18th April 2014

New research from King's finds that children who were bullied are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and poor physical health when they were 50-years-old than those who had not been victimised. Professor Louise Arseneault, Institute of Psychiatry, who led the study, says: "Some children will be set on a pathway towards problems for the rest of their lives. We need to take bullying seriously and do all we can to prevent it and help those children when it does happen." Also reported by The Independent, The Times, BBC News, Daily Mail, The Sun, ITV News Online, Herald Scotland, NPR (US), USA Today, Forbes Magazine (US), Fox News, Times of India, Zee News (India), Press Association, Reuters, Xinhua (China), Shanghai Daily News. Prof Arseneault was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 (Today programme), BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Northern Ireland and Radio Canada International.

King's press release related to 'Bullying at school affects health 40 years later'

Sunken Ferry

BBC Radio 5 Live 18th April 2014

Dr Jennifer Wild, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on the recent sunken ferry in South Korea and the distress the parents will be experiencing, she says: "the uncertainty they are facing really compounds their stress."

Airpocalypse now: how to solve London's pollution problems

Evening Standard 17th April 2014

In an article about tackling London's air pollution problems, Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, is quoted. He said: 'Even if you banned all private cars from London, it still wouldn’t be enough. That’s the scale of the problem.' There is also mention of research by Dr Ian Mudway of ERG, which suggests the lung capacity of children in Tower Hamlets and Hackney has been reduced through living or going to school near main roads.

‘Good’ degree awards not always in line with intake

Times Higher Education 17th April 2014

Professor Alison Wolf, Management, commented on a report by HEFCE which has revealed which universities are awarding more first and upper second class degrees than would be expected based on their students' background.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists Through Citizen Science

Huffington Post 17th April 2014

In an article about inspiring schoolchildren to pursue careers in science, there is mention of research by King's College London.

Smoking cannabis will change you. That's not a 'risk', it's a certainty

Daily Telegraph 17th April 2014

Blog about recent research suggesting a link between cannabis use and changes in the brain. Professor Terrie Moffit, Institute of Psychiatry commented on the research “… it is not clear from the paper where the 20 cannabis users came from, or where the controls came from, nor how well they represent cannabis users in the real world”

British jihadists in Syria are playing into Assad's hands

Guardian 17th April 2014

In a 'Comment is Free' piece discussing foreign fighters in Syria, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation is mentioned as stating that many of these young men are driven by what, in their minds, are humanitarian concerns for their co-religionists and the Syrian people. Shiraz Maher also contributed to discussion on foreign fighters in Syria and commented on the changing role of the internet in radicalisation for BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

Match-fixing isn't anything new! 1,700-year-old Greek contract reveals terms for foul play during a wrestling match

Daily Mail 17th April 2014

Professor Dominic Rathbone, Classics, has deciphered a contract dating from 267AD, between the father and trainers of two teen wrestlers competing in ancient Egypt. The papyrus was discovered in Oxyrhynchus, in Egypt a century ago and has only just been translated.

Blood pressure warning on pregnancy

Evening Standard 16th April 2014

Pregnant women with chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) are highly likely to suffer from adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm delivery, low birth weight and neonatal death, which emphasises a need for heightened surveillance, according to research carried out at King’s. Also reported by The Daily Telegraph and Press Association.

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Revealed: the radical clerics using social media to back British jihadists in Syria

Guardian 16th April 2014

Researchers at King’s International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) have created a database of social media profiles owned by foreign fighters in Syria. Shiraz Maher, ICSR, said: ‘Syria may be the first conflict in which a large number of western fighters have been documenting their involvement in conflict in real-time and where – in turn – social media represents an essential source of information and inspiration to them.’ Shiraz Maher and Joseph Carter of ICSR were both interviewed as part of a special report by BBC Newsnight. Also reported by BBC News Online.

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Why are Brits so reckless when it comes to drugs?

Daily Telegraph 16th April 2014

Young people in the UK are more likely to take drugs without knowing what they are than in any other country, according to this year's Global Drugs Survey. Dr Adam R Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry, a specialist in addiction and founder of the annual poll, suggested young British people’s relative willingness to experiment with unknown drugs could be linked to our attitude to alcohol.

'Climate of fear' in Army leaves female soldiers too 'terrified' to complain

Daily Telegraph 16th April 2014

Research into the well-being of women in the Armed Forces by Dr Charlotte Woodhead, King's Centre for Military Health Research, shows the importance of good role models, helplines and top-down clear messages. Also reported on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Evening Standard and Press Association.

Trying to be perfect could be ruining your health

Daily Mail 15th April 2014

Research suggests that perfectionism can cause not just psychological stress, but physical also harm including irritable bowel disease (IBS), insomnia, heart disease.The researchers followed up 620 people who had an acute episode of food poisoning and found those who developed IBS were more likely to have perfectionist tendencies, such as carrying on regardless until they were forced to rest.
'These are people who have high expectations of needing to do the right thing. Taking time off work may go against their beliefs,' says Professor Rona Moss-Morris, Institute of Psychiatry, who led the research.

Nurses at Suffolk mental health unit adopt new safety model

Nursing Times 15th April 2014

Woodlands, the Ipswich base for acute mental health services in East Suffolk, has become the first unit within Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to adopt the Safewards model. Based on research by Professor Len Bowers, Institute of Psychiatry, the Safewards model encourages staff and patients to work together to reduce factors such as aggression and self-harm, as well as the use of interventions including extra medication, one-to-one observations and restraint.

How the top 10 UK universities use Twitter

Times Higher Education 15th April 2014

King's is among ten UK universities examined by THE for their twitter activity.

UN climate change report on how to cut emissions

Guardian 14th April 2014

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, comments on a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) into reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. He said: 'This WG3 report draws attention to a range of methods for removing CO2 from the atmosphere, including afforestation, carbon capture and storage (CCS).'

Toxic smog clouds have hit Britain 900 TIMES in just five years

Daily Express 14th April 2014

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, comments on health impact of air pollution. He said: 'The costs to society from poor air quality are on a par with those from smoking and obesity.'

Stroke care 'differences' revealed

Press Association 14th April 2014

The quality of healthcare provided after a stroke remains uneven in the UK, according to a new study led by King’s College London. Despite improvements in equal access to healthcare since 2001, patients from more deprived areas tend to receive a poorer level of care following a stroke. The impact of socioeconomic deprivation on the care given also appears to be more pronounced in black patients than in white patients.

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Nigerian bomb attack

Arise News 14th April 2014

Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, was interviewed about a recent bomb attack in Nigeria, which killed more than 70 people.

More Canadian than British soldiers took own lives in 2013

CBC News 14th April 2014

Canadian forces report poorer mental health and lower levels of support than UK Armed Forces. In recent years, for example, the British military introduced the Enhanced Mental Health Assessment (EMHA) program to help ensure mental health issues are identified at an early stage in a soldier's career. Professor Neil Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry, says: “Canadians don’t have a peer support program like EMHA, they have the Operational Stress Injury Social Support program, but that only helps to get troops back into their units as quickly as possible,” Also reported by CTV news (Canada) and Huffington post.

MPs to investigate London's 'invisible killer' - the air we all breathe

Evening Standard 14th April 2014

In a front-page report about London air pollution there is mention of comments from Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, who estimated that 3,000 to 5,000 people in the capital die early each year due to pollution. These figures were also mentioned in an Evening Standard editorial.

Brit Al-Qaeda jihadist ...aged 16

The Sun 13th April 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has revealed that a 16-year-old boy has joined an Al-Qaeda group in Syria: 'The source who has given me this information has been bang on the money before. This 16-year-old would be the youngest ever British fighter in Syria. I've not heard of anyone that young on the front line.'

Defra's toxis smog alerts vanish into thin air

The Sunday Times 13th April 2014

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, said government ministers have shown 'political indifference' to the 29,000 deaths his committee estimates are caused by air pollution each year. He said: 'The costs to society from poor air quality are on a par with those from smoking and obesity. With greater awareness, people can protect their health.'

Follow Californian route on diesel curbs

The Sunday Times 13th April 2014

Professor Ragnar Lofstedt, Director of King's Centre for Risk Management, writes that Europe should adopt California's diesel emission standards, which are 'the toughest in the world.'

London’s Strand seeks South Bank success as the new ‘Northbank’

Financial Times 12th April 2014

In an article about redevelopment plans on London's 'Northbank', there is mention of King's College London's location on the Strand.

In review: the week's cultural highlights

BBC Radio 4 12th April 2014

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships at King’s joins Tom Sutcliffe to review the week’s cultural highlights.

The plural of anecdote is not data

Financial Times 11th April 2014

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships at King’s writes about measuring cultural impact and reflects on the growing appetite among artists and arts organisations for this kind of evidence about the value of what they do. The article is also available as a podcast: http://podcast.ft.com/index.php?sid=47.

Mini Winnie, Britain's first cloned dog

Times 10th April 2014

Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, commented on the news that the UK's first cloned dog has been born in South Korea. Dr Ilic stated that the cloning was an 'absolute waste of money'. His comments were also reported by the Guardian, ITV and the Daily Telegraph.

Women in combat

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour 10th April 2014

Dr Christine Cheng, War Studies, participated in a debate on the topic of whether women should be allowed the opportunity to fight on the front line. Dr Cheng said: 'I think one of the ways in which they've [Canadian army] managed to deal with this is basically to set one standard for criteria in terms of performance.'

Should we pay drug users to get vital vaccines?

New Scientist 10th April 2014

Dr Nicola Metrebian, Institute of Psychiatry, writes about the use of financial incentives to encourage heroin addicts to complete a hep B vaccination. She says: "Using financial incentives in this way can be an effective addition to the clinical toolkit when it comes to encouraging behaviour change. It has huge potential benefits for patients and for healthcare efficacy."

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In detail – European Research Council

Times Higher Education 10th April 2014

Professor Max Saunders, English, has been awarded funding by the European Research Council to investigate the impact of social media on forms of self-presentation. The study will examine the shift from traditional biographical and auto-biographical forms.

Controversial trial at NHS clinics to offer cash for drug addicts who stay clean

Independent 9th April 2014

Researchers at the National Addictions Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry are running a trial to investigate whether giving heroin users supermarket vouchers can improve abstinence from the drug. The study follows successful results from another trial using vouchers to improve rates of hepatitis B vaccination in injecting drug users. The study found that only 9% of users completed the HBV vaccination programme without incentive, but if they were offered a total of £30 45-49% would complete the HBV programme. “We understand that ill-at-ease feeling because it will be what we ourselves are feeling,” said Professor John Strang, from King's and lead author of the study, “But the nature of medicine and its development is that you need to examine the evidence and improve methods of treatment.” Also reported in the Guardian, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Nursing Times and Huffington Post.

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London seeks place in life sciences race

Daily Telegraph 9th April 2014

King's College London, Imperial and UCL have joined forces with Oxford & Cambridge to build the world's most powerful life sciences cluster. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launched a major new on initiative backed by some of the country’s senior academics. Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Executive Director of King's Health Partners, said: London has a great history of being less than the sum of its parts because it has this habit of competing at the expense of collaborating.' This was also reported by the Financial Times, BBC News (Online), Evening Standard, Times Higher Education.

Critical gap blights new staffing rules

Nursing Times 9th April 2014

New measures to make Trusts publish ward staffing levels do not go far enough and could burden nurses with gathering 'utterly meaningless data', it has been claimed. Jane Ball, deputy director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London, said the guidance was 'a good starting point'.

Arthritis treatment 'that could add eight years to your life'

Daily Mail 9th April 2014

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, commented on the news that glucosamine, a herbal remedy used by arthritis sufferers, could help people live almost a decade longer. Professor Spector said: 'Humans are not the same as worms or rodents and studies will need careful replication before we get over-excited'. His comments were also reported by the Daily Express.

Back to nature: how outdoor learning benefits both students and staff

Guardian 9th April 2014

New research by Kings College London shows that there are significant benefits for children who are taught in natural environments.

Australians fighting in Syria: how many have joined the conflict?

Guardian 9th April 2014

Figures from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation are quoted in this article reporting the news that there is a growing number of Australians joining the conflict in Syria.

Afghanistan disclosures

BBC Two - Newsnight 9th April 2014

Professor Theo Farrell, Head of the Department of War Studies, comments on the lessons governments can learn from war. He said: ‘Armies are very good at learning the lessons of past wars. If anything they tend to over learn those lessons and so prepare for the wrong wars in the future.’ (Item begins 35.00)

Hands on and minds on: changes to A-level science mark a step forward

Guardian 9th April 2014

Professor Jonathan Osborne, who left the Department of Education & Professional Studies in 2013, comments on the role of practical work in science A Levels. He said: ‘Current science A-levels suffer from far too much attention on the measuring and not enough on the experimental design or interpreting the data.’

People not buildings are target

Financial Times 8th April 2014

A report on the threat of terrorism in urban centres mentions research from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation which states that 11 000 foreigners have gone to fight in Syria for extremist jihadi groups.

Recession fuels huge rise in commercial law suits

Times 8th April 2014

Reports have shown that large commercial disputes arising from the recession are flooding the courts, fuelled by banking scandals over mis-selling or interest rates. The report coincides with a stufy by the global law firm Eversheds which has been drawn up alongside King's.

The hospital growing noses, tear ducts and blood vessels: British scientists make custom-made body parts using stem cells

Daily Mail 8th April 2014

Dr Eileen Gentleman, Dental Institute, comments on the work by London's Free Hospital in developing stem cell techniques. She said: 'Scientists have to get things like noses and ears right before we can move onto something like a kidney, lungs or a liver, which is much more complicated.'

Nutrition

Time Out 8th April 2014

In a feature which sees a Time Out editor completing food challenges. Dr Anne Mullen, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, offered her advice and explained why eating such large amounts of unhealthy food is a bad idea.

Finance workers enjoy growing pay gap

Financial Times 7th April 2014

Article reports on the research of Dr Jo Lindley, Management, which has found that finance workers enjoy higher pay than those in other sectors, even if they are doing comparable jobs. They say that this shows they are benefiting from 'non-competitive' profits.

Six ways to avoid losing a plane

BBC Future 7th April 2014

One month on from the disappearance of flight MH370, this piece explores the ways in which planes could be redesigned to stop this happening in the future. Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, says that tweaks to design could improve battery life for black boxes: 'An important but fairly simple change would be to have the black box emit the sonar location pulse not as often as every second; if you have it send one pulse every 10 seconds, we could extend the lifetime to almost one year instead of one month – a much larger window to find the black box.'

Brace for all possible impacts

New Scientist 5th April 2014

Professor Mike Hulme is quoted in this piece for the New Scientist about how people can adapt to climate change. He said: 'Even if one had precise predictions of future meteorology, that would not mean one had precise predictions of droughts and flood'

Breath of fresh air as weather turns

Times 5th April 2014

Milder weather was bringing down pollution levels yesterday as the week's smog receded and academics from the Environmental Research Group have continued to comment on this. Martin Williams, Environmental Research Group, said: 'The levels aren’t significantly higher than in the past. We’ve had 60 events like this in the past five years.' Timothy Baker is quoted by the BBC as they consider the impact of the pollution on policy. Dr Ian Mudway also commented on the effects of diesel fumes on children's brains for the Sunday Times. Dr Gary Fuller was quoted in the Times weather reporting and said: 'The air pollution contained some Saharan dust, so made it more visible, but we found many constituents typical of air pollution episodes in springtime.' Frank Kelly was also quoted in a piece in the Evening Standard which discussed measures against already high levels of air pollution and said: 'Air pollution does not respect any barriers.'

Rwanda in Photographs

Cass Art 5th April 2014

A blog listing of the Rwanda in Photographs exhibition by King’s Cultural Institute, appeared as part of a ‘Last Chance to See’ feature: ‘This exhibition lends an international showcase to professional photographers in Rwanda for the first time, each with a story to tell; each communicating the unimaginable intricacies of survival after such atrocities.’ The exhibition has also been reviewed by Time Out.

Can religion sell?

The Conversation 4th April 2014

Dr Catherine Wheatley, Film Studies, discusses new film ‘Noah’ which is based on the biblical story. Dr Wheatley said: ‘On a pragmatic level, biblical epics provide low-cost source material for the kind of big budget, special-effects laden spectacle that Hollywood is currently wielding in its latest battle with the small screen.’

In a divided society, the minority must not be drowned out

Financial Times 4th April 2014

A letter from Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, in which he states that decisions over the future constitution 'should not be a matter for the Ukrainian majority alone'.

Breakthrough that could help paralysed walk

Daily Mail 4th April 2014

Scientists from King's and UCL have made a breakthrough using stem cell research that may allow the paralysed to walk again. The technique involves transplanting specially-designed motor neurons created from stem cells into injured nerve branches. These motor neurons are designed to react to pulses of blue light, allowing scientists to fine-tune muscle control by adjusting the intensity, duration and frequency of the light pulses. This was also reported by New Scientist.

Five Hundred Years of Friendship – A Battalion of Pals

BBC Radio 4 4th April 2014

Dr Santanu Das, English, speaks about the impact of World War One on male friendship as part of a series looking at the development and changing meaning of friendship over the centuries. He said: ‘I think the trench experience was one of the turning moments in the very history of male friendship.’ (05.00)

Schizophrenia: what's in my head?

Nature 3rd April 2014

Professor Sukhi Sherghill, Institute of Psychiatry, talks to artist Sue Morgan about hallucinations and his neuro-imaging research.

Developing countries: The outcomes paradox

Nature 3rd April 2014

Dr Craig Morgan, Institute of Psychiatry talks about his work on the Intrepid project - one of the first systematic attempts to develop and test robust psychoses research methods in diverse settings. This will lay the groundwork for a second phase aimed at studying actual causes and outcomes in large samples in each of the sites.

Building our defences

Daily Telegraph 3rd April 2014

Engineers are on the front line when it comes to protecting our shores and homes against storms and flooding. Article quotes Peter Phipps, who studied Geography at King's and has now been working in the area of coastal erosion and flood management for 20 years.

Ketamine 'exciting' depression therapy

BBC 3rd April 2014

The illegal party drug ketamine is an "exciting" and "dramatic" new treatment for depression, say doctors who have conducted the first trial in the UK. Professor David Taylor, Biomedical Sciences, said:'It shows that depression is something chemical, that it can be reversed with chemicals, it dispenses for once and for all that you can just pull your socks up. What restricts it is the potential for disturbing psychological adverse effects and the route by which is given - intravenous - does restrict it to a small number of people.'

Acts of endurance

Times Higher Education 3rd April 2014

Fern Riddell, a final year PhD student in History, discusses the art of 'Music Hall' and its deep hold on our cultural memory.

Campus close up

Times Higher Education 3rd April 2014

Brazil's sports minister, Aldo Rebelo, gave students an insight into the origins of his country's 'samba-style' football at a conference on 17 March at the Brazil Institute.

Is the US military failing its soldiers?

Channel 4 News 3rd April 2014

Dr Deirdre MacManus, Institute of Psychiatry, talks to Channel 4 News about the risk of violence in Army personnel returning from deployment and the differences in treating PTSD in the US and UK in light of the shooting in Fort Hood (US).

How is PTSD diagnosed?

BBC News 3rd April 2014

Professor Neil Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses how PTSD is diagnosed and treated in light on the Fort Hood shooting in the US.

White people the least healthy ethnic group in Britain

Daily Telegraph 2nd April 2014

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown that people from white ethnic backgrounds are unhealthier than those from non-white ethnic groups. Professor Kennedy Cruickshank, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said that differing ages in the white population compared to those groups described by the ONS as 'non-white', could be a 'major factor' behind the trend. This was also reported by the Metro.

The hair-raising science of how your follicles affect fat levels

Daily Telegraph 2nd April 2014

New findings have shown a link between hair growth and fat tissue. It is being suggested that the findings could lead to cream for weight loss. Professor Fiona Watt, Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine and lead author of the study, however, has said that the research was not designed with cosmetic treatments in mind and could have more important uses: 'It is relevant to cancer and any tissue in which this type of process is going on'

Action needed on the 'sunshine' vitamin

Guardian 2nd April 2014

With an estimated 40% of young children are vitamin D deficient and the bone disease rickets is up four-fold, this article asks how the message can be spread to parents and the general population, reporting on a roundtable discussion. Professor Euan Ross, Education & Professional Studies, was present at the discussion.

Air pollution

BBC News 2nd April 2014

Experts from the Environmental Research Group at King’s have commented extremely widely on the high levels of air pollution seen in the UK this week. Andrew Grieve was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC London 94.9, BBC Newsnight and BBC GNS regional broadcasters (various). He also monitored pollution levels on top of New Broadcasting house for BBC Breakfast. Professor Frank Kelly was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 World at One, BBC News Online, BBC London 94.9, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC London News. He was also quoted by NDTV, Times, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Telegraph, Press Association, Guardian, Metro, Daily Express and Asian Age (Mumbai). Dr Ben Barratt was interview on the BBC The One Show, CBBC, BBC News, Sky News, BBC News Channel and BBC News at 6. Ben was also a panellist for BBC Radio 4 PM and answered listener questions on the pollution. Dr Gary Fuller was interviewed by ITV This Morning, ITV London Tonight and Associated Press. Dr Martin Williams commented for New Scientist and was interviewed by Chinese National Radio. Tim Baker was interviewed by BBC Radio Kent and quoted by Air Quality News and the Independent.

Stem cell researcher guilty of misconduct

Guardian 2nd April 2014

Professor Fiona Watt, director of the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, commented on the news that Haruko Obokata, at the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology, in Kobe, Japan, has been found guilty of misconduct during the research that led to her claiming that she had found a radical and simple way to create stem cells. Professor Watt said: 'I don't condone fraudulent research in any way, but I do think that senior scientists have a duty of care to their younger colleagues, and I hope that Dr Obokata will not be treated as a scapegoat.'

Obesity risk higher for future sons of young male smokers

Huffington Post (UK) 2nd April 2014

Men who start smoking before the age of 11 risk having sons who are overweight, British researchers have found. Professor Tim Spector comments: 'The data are persuasive but not yet definitive as we need to confirm the same smoking related epigenetics changes in the kids' DNA.' Also reported by the Press Association and Reuters.

Seven-a-day fruit and veg 'saves lives'

BBC News (Online) 1st April 2014

A new study has indicated that seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day is healthier than the minimum five and may cut the risk of dying from cancer or heart disease. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said that it was 'already known' that people who said they ate lots of fruit and vegetables were health conscious, educated and better-off, which could account for the drop in risk. His comments were also reported by the Daily Mail, ITN and on BBC TV News.

What Japan teaches us about better care for older people

Health Service Journal 1st April 2014

Dr Mayumi Hayashi writes about how England can learn from Japan, which has devised radical solutions to meet the unprecedented demand for health and social care from its ageing population. She said: 'Japanese people acknowledge the shameful history and limitations of family care, and accept the need for expanded public provision, albeit with increased cost burdens.'

Ukraine nuclear security fears were exaggerated

The Conversation 1st April 2014

Dr Matthew Moran and Dr Christopher Hobbs, Centre for Science & Security Studies, discuss Ukrainian nuclear fears and the focus of attention on Russia's annexation of the Crimea rather than achievements in nuclear security. They said: 'Some commentators have voiced concerns that events in Ukraine could significantly undermine international nuclear security efforts'

15 Things Only King's College London Students Will Understand

Huffington Post (UK) 1st April 2014

From the return of the sharing platter at Waterfront to the queues at Walkabout on a Wednesday, 15 of the things that only King's students will understand.

Black? Asian? Your chances of a First are lower than your white student peers, report reveals

Huffington Post (UK) 1st April 2014

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) published a report detailing a significant link between ethnicity and the likelihood of achieving an upper second or first class degree. King's is mentioned in relation to the recent 'I, too, am King's' campaign.

National science photography competition – in pictures

Guardian 31st March 2014

Dr Khuloud Al-Jamal and Izzat Suffian, both from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, have been awarded first place in the innovation section of the 2014 National Science Photography Competition.

Climate change

BBC Radio London - Drivetime 31st March 2014

Professor Mike Hulme is speaks about climate change following the UN report on climate change. Professor Hulme said: 'I think the most important thing that the report does is draw attention to a variety of weather hazards that are dangerous for different people in different parts of the world but also that there are many different types of interventions.' Item begins at 01.23.12

Analysis: Egypt at a Crossroads

Islam Channel 31st March 2014

Dr Carool Kersten, Middle East & Mediterrnean Studies, discusses the situation for Egypt at a crossroads as El Sisi runs for Egyptian president despite the level of repression. Dr Kersten said: 'It illustrates how polarized Egyptian society is. There is this all out war that has been declared against the Muslim Brotherhood.'

Study links salivary gene to obesity

Guardian 30th March 2014

New research, conducted at King's and Imperial, has found a link between a gene that breaks down carbohydrates and obesity. Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, said: 'n the future, a simple blood or saliva test might be used to measure levels of key enzymes such as amylase in the body and therefore shape dietary advice for both overweight and underweight people.' This was also reported by the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Times. The news is also referenced in comments in the Health Service Journal. Dr Kirsten Ward, also from Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 - You & Yours.

This jail is effectively RUN by Muslims ..many of them are jihadists

The People 30th March 2014

Experts warned that a top-security prison where almost half the inmates are Muslims is a breeding ground for Islamic extremists. Category A Whitemoor jail is a recruiting centre for al-Qaeda, according to alarmed staff, prison inspectors and politicians. Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, called for 'jihadist prisons' to isolate Islamist militants.

Classical

Sunday Times Culture 30th March 2014

A listing of Desenclos, Poulenc, Willette: Requiem, Motets and Choral Music by the undergraduate choir of King's College London.

Rwandan Genocide

Monocle 24 30th March 2014

Dr Zoe Norridge, Curator of the Rwanda in Photographs exhibition, speaks about Rwanda and the exhibiton. Dr Norridge said: 'When the killing was actually taking place we weren't taking photographs so we don't actually have any photographs of people with their arms raised holding machetes.'

Jihad by social media

Financial Times 29th March 2014

An article discussing the impact of social media on the radicalisation of Western Muslims. Quotes Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, who said: 'They're young - Facebook and Twitter have been ubiquitous in their lives...But they lack a lot of information.'

Ministers spreading private school myths, says ex-Harrow head

Daily Telegraph 29th March 2014

An article about the barriers between independent and state school systems. King's is mentioned as a Russell Group university which would like to increase admissions from state schools over the next five years.

Who would play me in a film of my life? Tony Blair

Guardian 29th March 2014

King's is mentioned in an article reporting that Rory Bremner, who studied at King's, would like Tony Blair to play him in a film on his life.

You're so hot

Guardian 29th March 2014

An article on feminism which states that one contributor first encountered feminism at King's College London.

Traditional British family 'a myth'

BBC News (Online) 29th March 2014

Professor Pat Thane argues that until World War Two, significant numbers of people never married, challenging the idea that British children grew up in typical two parent families until the permissiveness of the 1960s.

Global warming threat to health

Times 29th March 2014

Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Primary Care & public Health Sciences is a signatory on a letter about global warming and climate change, demanding immediate preventative action through a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and rapid transition to a zero-carbon world.

'The important thing is to move with the times'

Nature 28th March 2014

A feature on Sharon Grant, a dental therapist by day and a radiography lecturer by night, mentions King's as her place of study. She said: 'I cannot speak highly enough of King's College London. A fantastic place to study in all respects.'

Novels tell of north east's colonial past

Financial Times 27th March 2014

Professor David Treece, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, comments on history of doing business in northeast Brazil. He said: 'The big cities of the southeast and Brasilia were built by northeastern migrants, who still suffer prejudice.'

Boardrooms still too white, Cable says as number of women rises

Guardian 27th March 2014

Vince Cable has accused the UK's top companies of neglecting racial diversity in the boardroom and has urged business to use a wider talent pool when making senior appointments. Professor Richard Webber, Geography, who was involved with the study which prompted this and said that UK diversity was put at risk by a lack of diversity in senior corporate roles.

Presence haunted by absence

Times Higher Education 27th March 2014

A review of the exhibition 'Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now.' which will be held by the Cultural Institute in the Inigo Rooms at Somerset House East Wing until 30 April.

A $1m ‘Nobel Prize’ for the world’s best teacher won’t make life easier for the rest

The Conversation 27th March 2014

Dr Bob Burstow, Department of Education & Professional Studies, writes about the new $1 million Global Teacher Prize, launched by the Varkey GEMS Foundation. He questions: 'whether this will help raise the profile of a much-hounded profession.'

Rapid breathing 'better' for premature babies

Nursing Times 27th March 2014

Article reporting on a new study led by researchers at King’s that has found that premature babies supported immediately after birth by high-frequency oscillation - a type of breathing support - had better lung function as adolescents than those who received conventional ventilation.

Why Putin might be the least of Ukraine's worries

Esquire Weekly 27th March 2014

In a piece exploring the battle for Ukraine and Putin's role in this, Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, and Dr Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Russia Insitute, are both quoted. Professor Lieven said that the prognosis for peace in Ukraine was not looking good: 'Several of these ‘new’, leading figures, were leaders in what had been the administration — prior to the Orange revolution, of 2004 — which was, of course, a disaster.' Dr Sharafutdinova said: 'If you count by opinion polls, Svoboda only had around five per cent of the public supporting them in 2013, but they got a fifth of the ministerial seats, including very important positions of the minister of defense and prosecutor general.'

Anorexia sites ‘seek to profit from users’

The Times 26th March 2014

Dr Helen Sharpe, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on pro-anorexia websites which have begun charging for membership. She says: “One of the fears from users of these sites is that the community will be infiltrated by people who aren’t true pro-ana or pro-mia [pro-bulimia] supporters. A paid membership acts as a barrier. It adds to the appeal.”

Elvis was doomed to die young, his DNA reveals

The Times 26th March 2014

Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on claims that Elvis was due to die young because of his genes. He says: “It’s kind of misleading as it plays into that misconception that because something is genetic, it’s just one gene and you either have it or you don’t. We’re normally talking about thousands of genes, each of which have a very small effect.”

Children 'under-dosed' on penicillin

BBC News 26th March 2014

Millions of children in the UK may be receiving penicillin doses that are below the recommended dose for common infections according to new research led jointly by researchers at King’s, St George’s, University of London and Imperial College London. Also reported by the Daily Mail.

Medical help at home better for schizophrenics

Times of India 26th March 2014

Treating schizophrenia in the community could help improve symptoms, according to a trial led in India by researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry. Professor Graham Thornicroft (IoP) who led the trial, says: "The trial shows that this approach of using community health workers, under proper supervision, who make home visits, could play a major part in improving outcomes for people with schizophrenia in low-income countries using locally available, human resources,"

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Smoking and mental health

BBC Radio 4 - Inside Health 26th March 2014

Professor Ann McNeill, Institute of Psychiatry, discuss the misconception that smoking helps reduce anxiety, and talks about her recent research which shows that stopping smoking improves mental health.

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Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: New face of Egypt's old guard

BBC News 26th March 2014

Dr Robert Springborg, War Studies, writes for BBC News about Abdul Fattah al-Sisi who was unknown to the Egyptian public before the Spring of 2011 but now looks set to become the next president of Egypt.

Washington Landslide

Sky News 26th March 2014

Faith Taylor, Geography, is interviewed about the fatal landslide in Washington on 23 March 2014. Faith Said: 'It's almost like a tug of war between gravity that wants to pull the materials down and the factors that hold the slope in place.'

WHO: Pollution kills 7 million people every year

Daily Mail 25th March 2014

A new report from the World Health Organisation has said that air pollution kills more than 7 million people worldwide every year. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, said: 'We all have to breathe, which makes pollution very hard to avoid' and that it was mostly up to governments to curb pollution levels, through measures like legislation, moving power stations away from big cities and providing cheap alternatives to indoor wood and coal stoves. Also reported by the Guardian.

After G8 snub, here's five scenarios for Russia's relations with China, Moldova And Nato

Huffington Post (UK) 25th March 2014

The world's industrialised nations have turned their back on Russia, following Moscow's annexation of Crimea. Dr Natasha Kuhrt, War Studies, comments on China's reaction: 'Privately, China probably thinks Putin has been foolhardy, and intervention in a region on ethnic grounds is never going to go down well domestically. China has very firm views about separatism and is always consistent, unlike Russia.'

Assisted suicide bill is laudable, but poorly drafted

The Conversation 25th March 2014

Isra Black, a PhD student in the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics, writes for The Conversation on a bill for physician-assisted suicide being considered by the Scottish Parliament. She said that 'the reaction to the bill has been mixed, particularly among physicians.'

Photography review: Rwanda in photographs - Death Then, Life Now

Metro 25th March 2014

The exhibition, held at the Inigo Rooms by the Cultural Institute at King's, is given 4 stars in this review. The exhibition has also been reviewed by The Londonist which said: 'Each photographer offers their own unique insight into Rwanda, and it comes across as a diverse country.'

Gender and warfare

BBC Radio 4 23rd March 2014

Dr Jonathan Fennell, Defence Studies, was interviewed on the topic of gender imbalance in warfare and how the proportion of young men in a population could make civil war or war more likely.

Stanley Shaldon

British Medical Journal 22nd March 2014

The obituary of Stanley Shaldon quotes emeritus professor at King's, Stewart Cameron, who said: '[Shaldon's] major contribution was the idea that patients could do dialysis for themselves at a time when most people thought dialysis - even in hospital - was outlandish.'

Birthdays

Times 22nd March 2014

Deborah Bull, Director, Cultural Partnerships, is mentioned by the Times, Guardian and Independent as celebrating her birthday on this day.

Missing plane

Sky News 22nd March 2014

Professor Mischa Dohler, comments again on satellite technology for Sky News as they report on development in the search for the missing plane and continued to be called upon by Sky News for comment in this area as developments progressed. Professor Dohler was also interviewed live on BBC News and LBC Radio.

Miscarriage link to low IVF success

BBC News 21st March 2014

New research carried out at the University of Birmingham and King's College London suggests that women who produce fewer eggs during IVF treatment are more likely to miscarry. Dr Sesh Sunkara, Women's Health, who co authored the research said: 'I think the information will empower women. IVF treatment can be a distressing experience, and miscarrying makes it even more agonising.'

EU place travel bans over Crimean crisis

BBC Radio 5 Live 21st March 2014

The EU has placed travel bans on 12 more people linked to the unrest in Crimea. professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, said: 'The sanctions may be intended to punish Russia or the Russian government but they will not have an effect on Russian policy.' (07.09)

Al Jazeera - 'Inside Egypt'

Al Jazeera 21st March 2014

Dr Carool Kersten, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World, took part in a half-hour panel discussion on Al-Jazeera's 'Inside Egypt', commenting on Egypt's political milestones since 2011. He appeared together with Adel Iskandar of Georgetown University and Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a former MP for the Freedom and Justice Party and Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson on foreign affairs.

Bright lights, big potential

Times Higher Education 20th March 2014

An article expressing the view that London universities should widen opportunities and not sacrifice quality mentions the improvement of maths teaching through the King's College London Mathematics School.

Budget 2014

BBC Radio 4 - World at One 20th March 2014

Following the announcement of reforms to pensions in George Osborne's fifth budget, Professor Anne Redston, The Dickson Poon School of Law, said: 'These are people who have saved in their pensions for many years, they've saved with a view to retirement and what the chancellor is saying is we should trust them to spend it wisely.' Professor Redston was also interview by BBC News.

Malaysian flight

Channel 4 News 20th March 2014

Dr Jennifer Wild, Institute of Psychiatry, talks to Channel 4 News about the distress the families of the passengers of the disappeared Malaysian flight might be experiencing.

Licence plate driving bans 'ineffective' in cutting city air pollution

Guardian 20th March 2014

Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, comments on the Parisian ban on some cars this week based on licence plates. He said that the effects would be difficult to assess: 'The weather changes all the time, the emissions change all the time and trying to pin down whether a particular emergency scheme works or not is hard.'

The Henderson Brooks morality play

The Indian Express 20th March 2014

Dr Srinath Raghavan, India Institute, writes an opinion piece following the public release of the Henderson-Brooks report, which looks at India's conflict with China in 1962. He said: ‘Neville Maxwell’s decision to make public parts of the Henderson-Brooks Report on the 1962 war is welcome and long overdue. However, the government’s mindless refusal to declassify the report has strengthened the belief that it is the “definitive” account of the war. While the report is a very useful document, it can hardly be the last word on the subject. Indeed, it is more useful for what it tells us about the Indian army’s attempts to institutionally cope with the humiliating defeat of the 1962 war rather than why it occurred in the first place.’ The piece appeared in the National Standard (India).

Khushwant: RIP

Outlook (India) 20th March 2014

Obituary article following the death this week of esteemed King’s alumni Mr Khushwant Singh. The article features a picture of Mr Singh with Principal Professor Sir Rick Trainor, as the Principal visited Mr Singh in his home in Delhi in January 2014 to award him a Fellowship of the College.

Youth subcultures: what are they now?

Guardian 20th March 2014

Dr Ruth Adams, Culture, Media & Creative Industries, comments on changes in youth subcultures. She said: ‘I think it's a lot easier to be promiscuous, subculturally speaking. When I was a teenager, you had to make more commitment to music and fashion, because it took more of a financial investment.’

Student life: sporting rivalry at varsity matches

Daily Telegraph 19th March 2014

An article which explores the rivalry at varsity sporting events and says that it is about more than excessive drinking. The piece mentions that King's and UCL have expanded their varsity to include sports other than rugby this year.

Generation Y and a social logjam

Guardian 19th March 2014

A reader letter from Dr William Solesbury, Political Economy, which supports the letter of 18 March suggesting that there should be a more even approach to gender disparities in certain subjects.

Past wisdom

Nature 19th March 2014

Dr Lara Marks, Social Science, Health & Medicine, comments in a piece which explores the historical lessons that can be learned from the Nature archives, as is discussed in the 12 part Nature PastCast series. Dr Marks comments on a crisis surrounding a 1975 paper that was almost withdrawn.

Afghanistan’s choices – India would gain if Hamid Karzai signs the BSA

Telegraph (India) 19th March 2014

Dr Rudra Chaudhuri, War Studies, writes an opinion piece following US Secretary of State John Kerry’s comments on the USA’s growing political intolerance for continued engagement in world politics and the statement from President Hamid Karzai that Afghanistan will not enter into what is widely known as the bilateral security agreement or BSA. Dr Chaudhuri said: 'This is, (the BSA) according to most American interlocutors, an essential legal instrument designed to allow at least some US troops to remain in Afghanistan following the planned (and, in fact, ongoing) withdrawal of a majority of Western forces.'

A run can keep the brain young

Daily Telegraph 18th March 2014

Researchers at King's have said that vigorous exercise is more important than puzzles when trying to keep the brain active and stave off dementia. Professor Clive Ballard, Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, said: 'If people enjoy a crossword that's great, and it's possible it does some good. But if people want the best chance of protecting themselves from dementia the answer is to go for a run or a brisk walk, the evidence is clear.'

The mask that glows in the dark to save your sight

Daily Mail 18th March 2014

New research has suggested that the most common cause of blindness (age-related macular degeneration or AMD) in older people could be tackled by wearing a mask that emits a dim green light at night. Chris Hammond, Professor of Opthalmology in Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, said: 'AMD is age related. We know that one of the layers of the retina thickens as we get older, so oxygen may pass through this layer less well as we age, and contribute to AMD.'

No link found between saturated fat and heart disease

Daily Telegraph 18th March 2014

Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, comments on the news that saturated fats have now been found to have no link to heart disease. Professor Sanders said: 'It really is time that we moved away from focusing on individual components of diet like saturated fat, salt and sugar and moved into better describing diets that we know are associated with a lower risk of heart disease such a Mediterranean dietary pattern or a vegetarian dietary pattern.'

Budget 2014: How will Osborne help the young unemployed and small businesses?

Huffington Post (UK) 18th March 2014

In an article looking at the effects of positive growth figures on the ground, a graduate of King's College London describes her struggles to find permanent work in a difficult job market and gives her opinion on the budget and situation.

Why Ukraine hasn't sparked a big cyber-war so far

Newsweek (USA) 18th March 2014

Article looking at whether cyber war is a major part of the turmoil in Ukraine: Professor Thomas Rid, War Studies, said: ‘Imagine Russia had the capability to create a small blackout in the U.S. Escalating a cyber-attack would be counterproductive. Yes, some of them seem to be quite stupid. But I don’t know if they’re that stupid.’

MoD chatbots could join the secret cyberwar

Guardian 17th March 2014

The Ministry of Defence is developing a secret multi million pound research programme in to the future of cyberwarfare. Dr Tim Stevens, War Studies, said: 'What is far more likely [than interstate cyberwar] is that states will seek to influence their own populations through so called 'cyber' methods.'

Skin-tight suits for space explorers

BBC News 17th March 2014

Further reporting of the new skin tight suit, being developed by researchers at King's, will try to stop astronaut's spines expanding in space. Dr David Green said: 'When man takes the first small step on Mars, there is a strong possibility the space traveller could end up with a broken hip'. Also reported by the Daily Mail.

Foreign Office excludes public from its public records day

Guardian 17th March 2014

The UK Foreign Office is holding a conference to explain how it will finally place into the public domain millions of public records that it has unlawfully held for decades – but is refusing to allow members of the public to attend. Professor Richard Drayton, History, said that reform of the Public Records Act is overdue.

Paris pollution measures will not happen in London, Boris Johnson's office says

Huffington Post (UK) 17th March 2014

Boris Johnson has said that the UK does not need to use pollution tackling measures introduced in Paris after the French capital has forced cars off roads. Dr Gary Fuller is quoted by the Huffington Post (UK) on this and said: 'Perhaps a co-ordinated action campaign with measures on all cities in the area would work better. We are all sharing the same air, and the pollution here does not just affect residents of London but the whole area'. Dr Fuller was also interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live (23.34) and is quoted in a Guardian live debate. He said that the recent Paris pollution had come from stagnant air building up under an unusually still weather pattern across much of Europe. Professor Frank Kelly has commented on the same issue for BBC London News on TV and Radio. He said: 'Private cars are only a small part of the total emissions from the transport system.'

Russia recognizes Crimea’s independence, defying new US and EU sanctions

Washington Post (USA) 17th March 2014

Article on the escalating international crisis over Ukraine, as the US and Europe imposed sanctions and Russian President Vladi¬mir Putin signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent state. Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, said the sanctions were highly unlikely to influence Putin’s moves in Crimea and were instead aimed at the next flash point, eastern Ukraine. He said: ‘Crimea is lost. In practice, there’s no way that Ukraine is ever going to get it back. The question now, and it’s a vastly greater strategic question, is what happens in eastern Ukraine.’ Further coverage appeared in Quartz (USA).

Heart and Soul

BBC World Service 17th March 2014

As Lent, the most important time of the year for Catholics, begins, Fr Joseph Evans discusses confession and said: 'It's wonderful to have students coming here for confession and you really notice enormously that when somebody starts to go to confession their growth in virtue takes off.'

British satellite wizards helping the hunt for lost jet

BBC Radio 5 Live 16th March 2014

Professor Mischa Dohler, Informatics, comments on the communications systems used on planes as flight MH370 remains missing. Professor Dohler said: 'There are lots of different communication systems on the plane so you need to be really skilled to switch off everything.' Professor Dohler was also interviewed by Sky News and was quoted by the Sunday Mirror.

Spring weather may be wonderful but it’s far from fine for hayfever sufferers

Daily Express 15th March 2014

Further reporting of Stephen Till's comments on the effects of the early warm weather on asthma and hayfever sufferers. He said: 'Pollen can causes asthma attacks. Grass pollen is more associated with attacks than tree pollen.'

Pope appoints Fr Robert Byrne as new Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham

Catholic News 15th March 2014

The appointment of Fr Robert Byrne is reported, article mentions that Fr Byrne studied at King's.

History never ended, it's back

The New Indian Express 14th March 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece looking at how events in Eastern Europe are reminiscent of the heyday of the Cold War: 'Remember those halcyon days when pundits were declaring that the world is witnessing an end of history with liberal democracy and free market capitalism emerging triumphant after the collapse of the Soviet Union? How distant those days seem and how out of touch with reality those pronouncements,' he said.

Matias Spektor: It's a slap in the face of Brazil

O Globo (Brazil) 14th March 2014

For the analyst, the authoritarian escalation of Chavez in Venezuela threatens the integration project in South America and the Brazilian government silences dangerously. Spektor took the chair White River, which occupies at King's College, to get away from the routine and finish 18 days: when Lula and FHC teamed up to win the support of George W. Bush, his third book, scheduled for July.

Face off in Ukraine

Prospect Magazine 14th March 2014

An essay by Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, about the goals of Russia and the West in Ukraine which says that failure to find a solution could risk the destruction of this divided nation. Professor Lieven said: 'The danger comes from the possibility of clashes between the Ukrainian nationalist and neo-fascist volunteers who led the overthrow of the previous government in Kiev and opposing Moscow-backed pro-Russian volunteers in the east of the country.'

Retreat - what a retreat is

Catholic Herald 14th March 2014

Fr Joseph Evans discusses the logic and conditions of a retreat. He said: 'Only by rising above our daily life, with all its hustle and bustle, can we get an idea of what we need to change or improve'

Sexual harassment is 'normal' in clubs, but are things about to change?

Guardian 13th March 2014

King's has been mentioned in this article as one of the universities with an interest in signing a pledge to tackle the problem of sexual harassment in nightclubs head on.

‘Love’ hormone could help to beat anorexia

The Times 13th March 2014

Oxytocin, the so-called “love” hormone, could provide the first pharmaceutical treatment for anorexia, according to new research from King's. Prof Janet Treasure, Institute of Psychiatry, who led the study, explains that oxytocin may target some of the social difficulties patients with anorexia have: “These social problems, which can result in isolation, may be important in understanding both the onset and maintenance of anorexia.” Also reported by BBC News, Daily Mail, Press Association, Reuters, Evening Standard, METRO, TIME magazine, Times of India, Hindustan Times. Prof Treasure was interviewed by BBC Radio London and BBC World Service.

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A broader choice for sixth-form students

Independent i 13th March 2014

In a piece reporting on the growing appeal of the International Baccalaureate, King's is mentioned as one of the universities which has lowered the admissions criteria for IB students.

Institutions pass Vttae's 2-year test

Times Higher Education 13th March 2014

Eleven universities have retained their European Commission HR Excellence in Research Award after a two-year review, including King’s.

KCL agrees to pay its staff the London Living Wage

Independent 13th March 2014

King’s College London announced it will pay at least the London Living Wage to all staff for all new contracts and will renegotiate existing ones.

Dame Cicely Saunders' legacy

BBC Radio 4 - Women's Hour 13th March 2014

Dr Katherine Sleeman, Cicley Saunders Institute, speaks about Cicely Saunders' legacy and says: 'She made an enormous difference through her work. She revolutionised care of the dying in its entirety.'

Identical twins' polar trek aids scientific research

BBC News 13th March 2014

Hugo and Ross Turner, 25, from Christow in Devon, are crossing the Greenland ice cap to raise money for spinal research after Hugo was nearly paralysed in an accident on a Cornish beach eight years ago. However, the Department of Twin Research at King's is using the expedition to study how modern clothes, food and equipment protect the body.

‘Love hormone’ may help fight anorexia

Veja (Brazil) 13th March 2014

Further coverage of new research from the Institute of Psychiatry which has found that the hormone oxytocin could help treat anorexia, by stimulating the production of dopamine and serotonin. Also reported in the USA by New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune and Yahoo, in India by Times of India, National Standard (India) and The Indian Express, and in Brazil by O Globo and Terra.

Spring has sprung a nasty surprise on millions of hayfever sufferers

Daily Telegraph 12th March 2014

An article looking at weather conditions over the last week which says that they have been perfect for the first wave of trees to bring pollen in to the air. Dr Stephen Till, Respiratory Medicine & Allergy, said: 'Most people who have asthma caused by pollen would have hay fever as well and vice versa.'

New academy offered 100 places at top universities

Times 12th March 2014

A pioneering school set up in a poor area of London under the free schools policy has said that 100 of its students have been offered places at Russell Group universities. This is three times the number of teenagers in the entire borough who previously went to leading universities in one year. King's is mentioned as one of the universities with the largest number of offers in the school.

Making sense of the urban sprawl

Times 12th March 2014

With populations booming there is an increased need for experts in town planning. This article mentions the King's MSc in Sustainable Cities and quotes Dr Richard Wiltshire, Geography, who designed the course: 'We felt the need to deal with issues that cut across that divide, so we could bring together environmentalists concerned about air quality, planners looking at the design of social housing, geographers concerned about resource use and those who want to discuss the governance and politics of cities.'

German archaeologist suggests British Museum's Warren Cup could be forgery

Guardian 12th March 2014

A Roman silver drinking vessel that depicts two sets of male lovers is one of the most prized jewels in the British Museum, singled out by director Neil MacGregor for his critically acclaimed History of the World in 100 Objects. At a public debate staged by King's College London, Professor Luca Giuliani, Classics, challenged the museum's view that it dates from the 1st century AD. He suggested instead that the cup was designed for the pleasure of its former owner – a wealthy American gay man, Edward Perry Warren, who bought it in Rome in 1911.

MPs will be given free vote on 'three parent babies'

Daily Telegraph 12th March 2014

Further reporting on the news of legislation on 'three parent babies' and the fact that this will be the subject of a free vote when it comes to the Commons.

The Western Sahara

Monocle 24 12th March 2014

In a piece looking beyond the Ukraine at other contested territories, Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, is interviewed on the dispute over the Western Sahara. Dr Hill said: 'Since Morocco seized control in 1975, successive governments have invested quite a lot of time and money in trying to improve conditions there and essentially win the loyalty of the local population.' Interview begins (23.56)

Destined to stereotype: How the mind’s gift for grouping gets us in trouble

Huffington Post (USA) 12th March 2014

Article on human beings’ tendency to stereotype discusses stigma around mental health issues. The article mentions a recent study by King’s which found that, in the USA and Europe, stigma is a key factor preventing people from seeking the help they need. Professor Graham Thornicroft, Institute of Psychiatry, is quoted: ‘The profound reluctance to be 'a mental health patient' means people will put off seeing a doctor for months, years, or even at all, which in turn delays their recovery.’

Why you should NEVER keep your mobile in your bedroom

Daily Mail 11th March 2014

Article about whether or not you should sleep next to your mobile phone. 'The good news is we can't see an effect on sleep quality,' says Dr James Rubin, Institute of Psychiatry. He adds: 'This is not to say the symptoms of electrosensitivity aren't real - they are, and can be devastating. But as far as we can tell, it's not the electromagnetic field causing them.'

Soaring drug deaths turn focus on anti-overdose drug

New Scientist 11th March 2014

Prof John Strang, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on the rise in heroin overdose deaths. He says what's missing is solid science to back up anecdotal findings and policy decisions - he is leading a large trial called N-ALIVE to test the effectiveness of take-home naloxone to prevent overdose deaths.

Is it OK to laugh at Women Who Eat on Tubes?

Daily Telegraph 11th March 2014

An article reporting on a new Facebook group that posts images taken secretly of female commuters eating on the underground. King's College London Feminist Society is quoted and say: 'In a society where women are already under so much pressure to conform to restrictive body ideals this vicious form of bullying only serves to fuel the insecurities many women suffer from.'

China's anti-smog drive

CNC 11th March 2014

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, is interviewed in a programme on China’s air pollution problem. He discussed London’s attempts to tackle air pollution: ‘London has been doing a very large experiment of applying dust suppressants to roads, a chemical called calcium magnesium acetate. It means that some of the pollutants stick to the roads rather than being suspended in the air.’ Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, was interviewed on the same topic by CCTV (China).

Seeing a threat at home in a fight abroad

New York Times (USA) 11th March 2014

Article on Moazzam Begg, a British former detainee of Guantánamo Bay who was re-arrested last month on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to Syria. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, is mentioned as being in touch with dozens of Britons fighting in Syria and monitoring the social network activity of those posting in English. He is quoted: 'They are there to fight an Islamic revolution; they want an Islamic caliphate. They are not fighting to establish a democracy.’

Revolution on shaky ground

Indian Express 11th March 2014

Dr Peter Kingstone, Director, International Development Institute, writes an opinion piece on the legacy of Hugo Chavez one year on from the Venezuelan leader’s death: ‘The protests began in January and grew in size and intensity, primarily in response to a series of highly visible violent crimes. What began as an explosion of student anger about crime and impunity, turned into a more generalised expression of middle class anger at a host of very real issues in Venezuela. These date back well before Chávez’s death, but have worsened noticeably under Maduro.’ The piece also appeared in the National Standard (India).

Secularism is not a strong foundation for British society, says Bishop Egan

Catholic Herald 11th March 2014

Bishop Philip Egan spoke at King's last week and said that secularism 'cannot guarantee human flourishing nor sustain the advances the British people have achieved'. Bishop Egan's visit was also reported by the Catholic Times, The Universe and The Tablet.

Gulf 's mutual suspicions give Qatar's emir his first big test

Financial Times 10th March 2014

Dr David Roberts, Defence Studies, is quoted in an article reporting an unusually public spat between sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Dr Roberts said: 'What Tamim needs to work out is the extent of the message: is it just a rude message or part of an escalation that could potentially become a big problem.'

Cameron hails new age of technological revolution

Daily Telegraph 10th March 2014

Reporting of the news that the Prime Minister has announced extra funding for the development of the new 5G internet system. This will be developed by King's alongside the Universities of Surrey and Dresden. This was also reported by the Sun and Press Association.

New Screening Tool for Osteoporosis: Osentia™ Test Will Enable People to Assess Their Risk of Suffering a Fragility Fracture

Reuters 10th March 2014

A new screening tool could help to identify those most at risk of fractures and broken bones. Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, said: 'People are often unaware that they have fragile bones until the time of a first fracture.'

No league table is perfect: Why you shouldn’t worry about university rankings

Independent 10th March 2014

Final year student, Ben Jackson, writes for the independent on the topic of league tables and how these should be interpreted with caution.

An education revolution?

BBC Radio 4 10th March 2014

The final programme in a series looking at the phenomenal changes to education being brought about by technology. The debate is broadcast from the Great Hall at King's College London. Professor Alison Wolf, Management, was on the panel and, at the start of the discussion, said: 'It's about motivating people to learn, not through some video app, but by exciting them about what they're doing.' The series has also been discussed by the Guardian.

5 year study links Alzheimer’s and lipid levels

Philadelphia Inquirer (USA) 10th March 2014

Article reviewing recent efforts by researchers to predict the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. Dr Richard Dobson, Institute of Psychiatry, commented on a recent study by King’s which found that low levels of two of the 10 lipids were linked to the disease, saying that a blood test has the advantage of being fast and cheap.

Social media is new weapon in war on British jihadis

Independent on Sunday 9th March 2014

Diplomats have revealed plans to utilise the popularity of social media to deter would-be jihadis from leaving the UK. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'Around the time of Iraq and Afghanistan, there were attempts to try to get messages online to counter the extremists, which was the old way of thinking. It is likely the Government is refining that approach. Syria has been unprecedented in the way the internet and social media have been harnessed.'

We need to rethink London to benefit us all

Observer 9th March 2014

Observer writer argues that London is growing economically, but not in a way that benefits many of its citizens. Professor Chris Hamnett, Geography, claims that the capital's property is now used by the global rich as 'a process of global asset diversification'

Schools dangle golden hellos to find maths teachers in City

Sunday Times 9th March 2014

Professor Alison Wolf, Management, comments on the news that schools are offering maths and science teachers 'recruitment points' or 'golden hellos' of up to £20 000 and six figure salaries to lure graduates away from jobs in the city. Professor Wolf said: 'In most of the schools I know it’s not a question of paying a premium to attract these teachers — schools just cannot find them. Golden hellos do make some difference but they are not solving the problem. The reality is that there is an acute shortage of qualified graduates'

Minority fears over Ukrainian crisis

BBC Radio 4 - Sunday 9th March 2014

Dr Marat Shterin, Theology & Religious Studies, comments on the ethnic and religious make up of the Crimea and the way this may be affected by the crisis. He said: 'Ukraine is immensely complex and interesting religiously.'

Deconstructing Saga: Inside the mind of the TV detective

BBC News 9th March 2014

Dr Eva Loth, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on Saga, the character from TV series 'The Bridge'. She says: "She does portray well characteristic features that many people with ASD have and struggle with, and she also brings home the message that in high-functioning people with ASD there is an awareness they are different and that they are trying to fit in sometimes to different degrees of success. "

Dictionary of Slang

Financial Express (India) 9th March 2014

Further coverage of the new book by Tony Thorn, English Language Centre, The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang.

Studies confuse healthy eating debate, say experts

Financial Times 8th March 2014

An article looking at the large number of pieces of research that have recently been reported with new and confusing advice on diet. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, is quoted and said that people who want a label and instructions for their diet could go for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, a US interpretation of Mediterranean eating endorsed by the National Institutes of Health.

Ukraine standoff intensifies: Russia says sanctions will ‘boomerang’

Tribune (India) 8th March 2014

Dr Sam Greene, Director, Russia Institute, is interviewed about Russia’s statement that US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States.

Careers tip: How to succeed in an interview

Independent i 7th March 2014

Helen Lovegrove, senior careers consultant for the Careers Group and currently based at King's, gives her top tips for succeeding in an interview.

Community Care Boosts Treatment of Mentally Ill in Developing Countries

Voice of America 7th March 2014

Research led by Professor Graham Thornicroft, Institute of Psychiatry, shows that community-based care is an effective strategy for treating individuals with schizophrenia. He says: "What we wanted to do in this study is to find out, can we develop a relatively simple and affordable type of treatment that will increase the number of people who get treatment and increase the quality of care,”

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Too much meat and cheese is as bad as smoking, US study suggests

South China Morning Post 7th March 2014

A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a new study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity. Professor Peter Emery, Nutrition, commented on the findings: ‘I would urge general caution over observational studies and particularly when looking at diet, given the difficulties of disentangling one nutrient or dietary component from another.’

Rebuilding trust in the police

Evening Standard 7th March 2014

Professor Ben Bowling, The Dickson Poon School of Law, has written to the Evening Standard and argues argues that the Police are entrusted with extensive powers and it is crucial that due process is observed, especially when using covert methods.

Nursing leaders respond to apprenticeship route into nursing plans

Nursing Times 7th March 2014

Nursing leaders have said that proposals for new apprenticeships to fast-track healthcare assistants into nursing must not be used as a way to dilute the graduate-level profession nurses have worked towards for many years. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery said the policy 'raises more questions than it answers. What will the academic value of this qualification be and is it enrolled nurses by another name?.'

Crimea-Ukraine crisis continues

Sky News 7th March 2014

As the crisis continues, King's experts have continued to comment on developments. Including developments in Crimea. Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, was interviewed by Sky News on the topic of relations between Russia and the West and Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live over the continued tensions between Putin and Obama.

A new way of working for scientists

Daily Telegraph 7th March 2014

The Francis Crick Institute, named after the British scientist who helped decode the structure of DNA, will house 1,200 scientists working in biomedical research when it opens at the end of 2015. King's is one of the founding partners.

The science of success: Blood, or sweat and tears?

New Scientist 6th March 2014

Article mentions a recent twin study led by Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, which found that differences in children's academic performances in UK schools owe more to heritable traits than to teaching or other environmental factors.

Sugar, not fat, is real heart disease killer

Daily Mail 6th March 2014

Researchers in New York have suggested that low-fat diets do not curb heart disease or help you live longer - the real enemy is sugar and carbohydrates. Professor Tom Sanders, head of Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division, said Dr DiNicolantoni had misrepresented the scientific evidence. This was also reported by the Express, Daily Telegraph, BBC, Evening Standard and Daily Mirror.

King’s rises in Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

Times 6th March 2014

King’s College London has risen to 43rd place in the Times Higher Education world rankings of universities by reputation. Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal & President of King’s, said: ‘During the last decade King's has capitalised on the mergers which greatly enhanced the institution during the 1980s and 1990s and has seen a marked rise in international appreciation of the quality of our research and teaching. This was reported by Evening Standard, Guardian, Times Higher Education, Times, BBC News and Press Association.

Punishing a few oligarchs in London is not enough

Financial Times 6th March 2014

John Gapper comments on the inequality in Russia's wealth. Dr Sam Greene, Russia Insitute, says that the Kremlin relies on oligarchs and if Putin's leadership became a liability, 'they would get rid of him in a way shareholders get rid of a chief executive'

Appointments - Alan Cribb

Times Higher Education 6th March 2014

Professor Alan Cribb, Department of Education & Professional Studies, has been appointed as a Health Foundation Professorial Fellow.

Your weird animal questions answered

National Geographic 6th March 2014

Professor Paul Sharpe, Dental Institute, answered the question 'whether technology that allows for the bioengineering of human teeth could be used to create authentic elephant and rhino tusk material to help break up the black market for tusks?'. Professor Sharpe said that it’s theoretically possible to make a lab-grown tooth 'if the right cells could be obtained'.

Animal protein-rich diets could be as harmful to health as smoking

Guardian 5th March 2014

New research has suggested that a diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity. Professor Peter Emery, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, said: 'I would urge general caution over observational studies, and particularly when looking at diet, given the difficulties of disentangling one nutrient or dietary component from another.' This was further reported by the Independent and Professor Tom Sanders, Nutrition, was also interviewed on the topic for BBC Radio 4 Today.

Fruit, water 'cut early birth risk'

Nursing Times 5th March 2014

Pregnant women who drink water and eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grain cereal could reduce their chance of premature birth, according to research published online in the British Medical Journal. In an accompanying editorial, Professor Lucilla Poston, Women's Health, said other studies had proposed the benefit of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables in preventing premature birth. Also reported by Press Association.

Harder, better, fast, stronger - scene and heard

Private Eye 5th March 2014

The Centre for Robotics Research was featured in a cartoon for Private Eye about prosthetic limbs.

The long shadow of war

Guardian 4th March 2014

Stephen Hoare discusses war studies courses such as those run by King's. The article notes that King's runs MAs in War Studies and the History of Warfare, and is rolling out a series of public and academic events over the next five years.

Consequences of Telangana creation unclear

Bloomberg TV (USA) 4th March 2014

Dr Louise Tillin, India Institute, is interviewed on the new state of Telangana in India, stating that the manner of its creation is a departure from previous state carve-outs: ‘The settlement for Seemandhra and Telangana remains unclear.’ Dr Tillin also pointed out that there has been an increase in delegation of power and authority to states, and warned that diversity in the state policy environment has serious investment implications.

Frequent childhood nightmares linked to risk of mental illness: study

Xinhua (China) 3rd March 2014

Dr Helen Fisher, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on her research which suggests that children who have frequent nightmare are at an increased risk of psychotic experiences in adolescence. Also reported in Global Times (China) and Deccan Herald (India) amongst others

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Ukraine political crisis

Channel 4 News 3rd March 2014

King’s experts have continued to comment as events unfold in Ukraine this week. Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, spoke to BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight and said: ‘It’s always useful to dig into history because you can find out where the conflicts have come from.’ Dr Domitilla Sagramoso was interviewed for Channel 4 News where she spoke about Putin’s use of force saying: ‘I think that Putin sometimes uses force when he fails to send the message across to Europe.’ Dr Gonzalo Pozo-Martin was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live (01.18.56) on the topic of an ‘accidental war’ and said: ‘What we do know is that there’s been talk about Ukrainians in Crimea offering some kind of opposition to Russian troops there but we don’t know what form that might take and therefore it might be a little bit too early to speak about an accidental war.’ Dr Sam Greene, Russia Institute, commented for the Financial Times on European divisions on possible sanctions and said that calling off economic co operation ‘would not be merely symbolic gestures’. PhD student, Oscar Jonsson, wrote a letter on the topic of the Crimea to the Evening Standard.

Oscars good, Razzies bad? It’s really not that simple

The Conversation 3rd March 2014

Dr Hannah Hamad, Film Studies, asks why we set such store by the prestige conferred on films marked out for attention by industry insiders with a vested interest in honouring themselves and their friends

Why Obama shouldn’t fall for Putin’s Ukrainian folly

Open Democracy 3rd March 2014

Professor Anatol Lieven, writes about Russia and the west conspiring to tear Ukraine apart. Professor Lieven said: 'It is urgently necessary that both should find ways of withdrawing from some of the positions that they have taken. Otherwise, the result could very easily be civil war, Russian invasion, the partition of Ukraine, and a conflict that will haunt Europe for generations to come.'

Scottish anxieties on independence revealed in poll

Guardian 3rd March 2014

An Ipsos Mori/Kings College London-sponsored piece of research has concluded that Scottish people are more anxious than the English and Welsh about the effect of independence on the United Kingdom as a whole.

Breastfeeding versus baby formula is not an either or debate

Guardian 3rd March 2014

A response to Erik Assadourian's commentary piece on banning all marketing of baby formula. Emily Maclean, a student midwife at King's, says that new mothers deserve an informed choice - and that includes the right to formula milk.

Time to end western meddling in Bosnia

Guardian 3rd March 2014

Letter claiming that external rule in Bosnia has failed and calling for the termination of the office of the high representative and an end to outside meddling in Bosnian affairs. Dr Stathis Kouvelakis, French, has signed.

Fiction is my first language, so why not use it to talk about art?

Huffington Post (UK) 3rd March 2014

Tony White, French, discusses why he writes short stories about art. He says that he is currently working on a new project about British performance artist Stuart Brisley, that is supported by King's.

After building a powerful recommendation for Netflix, this guy wants to help you find your next favourite book

Houston Chronicle 3rd March 2014

Profile of Nicholas Ampazis, who’s making an impact in the software industry, mentions his Master's and PhD degree in neural networks from King's.

Learn how to identify and avoid sugar on labels

O Globo (Brazil) 3rd March 2014

Report of new guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending that the daily amount of sugar in the diet is reduced to half. Professor Tom Sanders, Medicine, said that the ‘limit of 5% added sugar is too hard to follow.’ Original report by BBC News.

Why Obama Shouldn't Fall for Putin's Ukrainian Folly

Huffington Post (USA) 3rd March 2014

Professor Anatol Lieven wrote about Russia and the west conspiring to tear Ukraine apart. 'It is urgently necessary that both should find ways of withdrawing from some of the positions that they have taken. Otherwise, the result could very easily be civil war.’ The piece also appeared in Time (USA) and Open Democracy.

Schumacher now unlikely to make a full recovery, say brain experts

Daily Telegraph 2nd March 2014

Professor Anthony Strong, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on Michael Schumacher. He says: "About 90 percent of the recovery is made within nine to 12 months, so this is still early days," He adds: "The longer someone is in a coma, the worse their recovery tends to be." Also reported in the Evening Standard, Associated Press, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Boston Globe, Hindustan Times, New India Express.

NHS data will not be sold

Press Association 2nd March 2014

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on the news insurance companies will not be able to buy patient medical records through the NHS care.data scheme. He says: "It is excellent to see that NHS-E is indeed responding swiftly to the concerns that have been expressed in many quarters. Many will particularly welcome the strengthening of the sanctions for corporate misuse." Also reported by MSN UK news.

Researchers reveal slang explosion

Sunday Times 2nd March 2014

From buff to butters, YOLO to amazeballs, slang is ever-changing and continues to shape how people communicate. Tony Thorne explores how new slang emerges in contemporary society and asks whether its prevalence is a bad thing for the English language. Tony’s book the Dictionary of Contemporary Slang (Fourth Edition), explores the use of slang and his comments have been reported by Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, London Evening Standard, Press Association.

Checks on students undermine trust

Guardian 2nd March 2014

A reader letter, signed by Professor Patrick Wright, English, opposes the acquiescence of Universities UK members in acting as an extension of UKVI, thereby undermining the autonomy and academic freedom of UK universities and trust between academics and their students.

Commentary: field of tissue engineering is progressing at remarkable pace

Telegraph 2nd March 2014

Dr Eileen Gentleman, Dental Institute, writes about tissue engineering and said that the field is 'progressing at a remarkable pace with tailor-made tissues a real possibility in the near future.'

Know your granny slang from your Jafrican?

Sunday Times 2nd March 2014

From buff to butters, YOLO to amazeballs, slang is ever-changing and continues to shape how people communicate. Tony Thorne, English Language Centre, explores how new slang emerges in contemporary society in his new book the Dictionary of Contemporary Slang (Fourth Edition). This was reported by Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Press Association and by Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, Hindustan Times, Deccan Herald (all India).

Derek Jarman

AnOther Magazine 1st March 2014

Article about the Derek Jarman exhibition held by the Cultural Institute at King's. Further reviews appeared in the New Statesman.

The U.K. Understands How To Treat PTSD. Why Does The U.S. Lag Behind?

The New Republic (US) 1st March 2014

Research by King's Centre for Military Health Research shows that overall, UK troops report better mental health than their US peers. Dr Deirdre MacManus, IoP, says: “While it is difficult to compare rates between nations, a consistent finding of the last 20 years is that reported mental health problems tend to be higher among service personnel and veterans of the USA compared with the UK, Canada, Germany and Denmark,”

King's press release related to 'The U.K. Understands How To Treat PTSD. Why Does The U.S. Lag Behind?'

IVF babies to be born with DNA of three parents

Daily Express 28th February 2014

Babies with three genetic ­parents could be born in the UK as early as next year after the Government paved the way for controversial new fertility ­treatments. Professor Peter Braude said: 'It is true that genetic alteration of disease risk is an important step for society and should not be taken lightly.' Professor Braude's comments were also reported by the Daily Telegraph, Sun, Daily Mail, London Evening Standard, Nursing Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Press Association and Reuters (UK).

News travels fast in cyberspace but can we trust it?

Evening Standard 28th February 2014

A feature on the rumours spread by Twitter and Facebook. A new project involving King's College London called Pheme is attempting, over the next 18 months, to build a web app that would work out how likely a Twitter statement is to be true or false.

US soldiers more likely to suffer from PTSD

New Republic 28th February 2014

Further coverage of a recent study by King’s which found that despite similar experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, U.K. soldiers on average report better mental health than U.S. soldiers. King’s researchers analysed 34 studies produced over a 15-year period and found that overall there has been no increase in mental health issues among British personnel - with the exception of high rates of alcohol abuse among soldiers.

Child health problems 'linked to father's age'

BBC News 27th February 2014

Dr James MacCabe, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on research suggesting that children born from older parents are at greater risk of mental health disorders. He says: "I would make the point very strongly that men should not decide on whether or when to have children on a single study, or cumulative studies." Also reported by O Globo (Brazil)

British troops less likely to get PTSD than Americans

Daily Telegraph 27th February 2014

New research from the King's Centre for Military Health Research finds that overall, UK troops are remained 'mentally healthy' and more resilient than their US peers. Dr Deirdre MacManus, lead author of the study, said: “Overall, UK military personnel have remained relatively resilient in spite of the stresses endured in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Also reported by BBC News, Daily Mail, Reuters, The Times, MSN News, Press Association

King's press release related to 'British troops less likely to get PTSD than Americans'

Foreign doctor test

Times 27th February 2014

A letter from Professor Raymond Levy regarding the proposed introduction of a new English test for doctors coming to practice in Britain from other countries.

Soaring numbers of over-40s are taking heroin, using cannabis and binge drinking

Daily Mail 27th February 2014

Further reporting of the research conducted at King's that found that the amount of middle aged drug users was increasing.

Here's some of the most beautiful universities in the UK

Huffington Post (UK) 27th February 2014

A collection of photographs of universities deemed to be the most beautiful in the UK features an image of King's.

Morocco-France row

Monocle 24 27th February 2014

Dr Jonathan Hill, Defence Studies, explains the situation between the two countries as a diplomatic row grows over allegations of human rights abuses. He said: 'The Moroccan government doesn't gain anything out of making a scapegoat and an enemy out of France.' Item begins 21.46.

How to evolve your character for a more meaningful, successful life

Huffinton Post (UK) 27th February 2014

Psychologists have identified 24 core qualities that people around the world say contributes to a fulfilling life. These include gratitude, humility, curiosity, optimism, and love, among others. King's is one of over 200 international organisations to host screenings of the film 'The Science of Character' as part of #CharacterDay on 20 March.

Nursing cutbacks linked to higher patient deaths

Times 26th February 2014

New research led by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has found evidence that cutbacks in nursing staff are linked to higher patient death rates in hospitals. Hospital patients were also more likely to die after surgery if they were treated by nurses who did not have a bachelor's degree. Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing & Midwifery, one of the report's authors, said that the fuss 'over nurses being over-educated in our view is a gross exaggeration.' Also reported by the Daily Telegraph and Professor Rafferty was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and the research was further reported by the Nursing Standard.

Baby killer had warned he was a danger

Sky News 26th February 2014

Professor Neil Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry (IOP), comments on the case of Liam Culverhouse, who came back from serving in Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, an subsequently killed his young daughter. Dr Deirdre MacManus, also IoP, was interviewed for BBC News and BBC Radio 4's 'The World at One'

Lee Rigby's killers sentenced

Huffington Post (UK) 26th February 2014

Professor Peter Neumann, War Studies, was interviewed by Newsnight on the subject of the sentencing of Lee Rigby's killers. The interview was further reported by the Huffington Post. Professor Neumann said: 'They don't have any incentive to change their beliefs, if anything their incentive is to stick to their beliefs as to change them would be to admit to themselves that they've wasted their lives.'

Are the crowds in Ukraine reviving an ancient Roman tradition?

BBC News (Online) 26th February 2014

In an extraordinary ceremony in Ukraine, potential cabinet members are to be paraded in front of crowds of protesters to seek their approval, it's been reported. It has strange echoes of Ancient Roman practices. Professor Charlotte Roueche, Hellenic Studies, said: 'In Kiev, the main cathedral actually has wall paintings showing activities in the Hippodrome in Constantinople, where the emperors were acclaimed.'

NICE calls for training to help victims of domestic violence

Health Service Journal 26th February 2014

Nurses, social workers, health services and the organisations they work with must be better trained to understand domestic violence and help those experiencing it, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has said. Dr Susan Bewley, Women's Health, said: 'Domestic violence often starts or escalates in pregnancy. This is why it is important for those of us working on the frontline in maternity services to know what to look for, but also be able to ask women about it in such a way that they will tell us.'

NICE calls for better training to help victims of domestic violence

Nursing Times 26th February 2014

Professor Susan Bewley, Nursing & Midwifery, comments on new guidance aimed at helping to identify, prevent and reduce domestic violence, as well as outlining the most effective responses to it. She said :'t is important for those of us working on the frontline in maternity services to know what to look for, but also be able to ask women about it in such a way that they will tell us.'

Scientists investigate possible link between pregnant women taking paracetamol and the risk of ADHD

Independent 25th February 2014

Professor Philip Asherson, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on new research suggesting that children of mothers who take paracetamol during pregnancy may be at a higher risk of developing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He says: "It is important that people are not alarmed by these findings and do not alter their use of paracetamol… it is far too early to say that the association the researchers observe plays a causal role in ADHD.”

After the Spring

O Estado de Sao Paulo 25th February 2014

Article on Cairo's potential as a tourist destination, mentions the graffiti around Tahir Square:'These artists sincerely believe that their battle against the status quo is through street art.' Soraya Morayef, King's College London.

After the Spring

O Estado de Sao Paulo 25th February 2014

Article on Cairo's potential as a tourist destination, mentions the graffiti around Tahir Square:'These artists sincerely believe that their battle against the status quo is through street art.' Soraya Morayef, King's College London.

Surge in Syria Jihadist arrests prompt security fears around Europe

Voice of America (USA) 25th February 2014

Article on how an increasing number of British citizens are going to Syria to fight with the opposition and returning with Al Qaida affiliations. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'The suicide bombing suggests a level of zealotry that is quite unprecedented. They are fighters, and they are on the ground to do two things: one is to remove Assad, but also to achieve martyrdom.'

Secretly Starving

Daily Telegraph 24th February 2014

Dr Helen Sharpe, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about pro-anorexia websites. The most important factor to consider, she explains, is “why people are choosing to seek out these groups - what do they give people that they can’t get elsewhere? Eating disorders can be extremely isolating conditions, and so finding a community of other people who think like you can be a powerful draw.”

Vertical film screens offer a new reality

Times of India 24th February 2014

Article on how portrait-orientated screens could the next big development in cinema. Dr Erika Balsom, Film Studies, said the popularity of vertical cinema was linked to technical developments and the 'larger variability of frame proportions that comes with digitization.'

New lung cancer research

ITV - London Tonight 24th February 2014

Scientists have begun trials at two London hospitals hoping to make a breakthrough in the treatment of an aggressive form of lung cancer often linked to exposure to asbestos. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, was interviewed and explained the relevance of stem cells to research currently happening in London.

Tourist attractions blighted by pollution

ITV - London Tonight 24th February 2014

It has been revealed that the 50 places in Britain with the highest levels of a toxic gas are in the capital with the highest levels very near to tourist attractions. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, said that recent work confirms the effects of nitrogren dioxide but that the magnitude of that effect is not yet clear.

Charlton's £1m strike against landmines

Sunday Times 23rd February 2014

The former England and Manchester United footballer, Sir Bobby Charlton, has raised more than £1m to fund scientific research into accelerating the clearance of the world's estimated 110m unexploded landmines. Find A Better Way is working with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to fund further projects, one of which is at King's.

Could cinema be heading for vertical reality

Independent 23rd February 2014

Dr Erika Balsom, Film Studies, discusses development in film including the introduction of 'vertical cinema'. She said that the popularity of veritcal cinema was linked to technical developments and the 'larger variability of frame proportions that comes with digitisation' as opposed to previous eras when the aspect image ratio had to mirror that of the filmstrip itself.

Welfare Cuts: Have Christian Leaders Become The New Voice Of The Left?

Huffington Post (UK) 23rd February 2014

Dr Anna Rowlands, a lecturer in Theology and Ministry at Kings College London comments on church leaders involvement in political issues. She said: 'With the absence of leadership on these issues from the main political parties, it feels to many as if the Churches are expressing that opposition.'

Rewards of medical record research 'could be enormous'

BBC Radio 4 - Today 21st February 2014

Professor Matthew Hotopf, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about the importance of electronic medical records for patient benefit, and how the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) at the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at the Maudsley and King's.

The Colonial Troops who Fought the Allies War

AFP 21st February 2014

Article on the contribution of British colonial forces - from Algeria to Australia and Jamaica - to the 1st World War. Professor Ashley Jackson, History, said: 'The First World War showed the empire's capacity to mobilise people on a scale never before witnessed.'

Middle class ‘cling-ons’ squeezed out of London property market

Financial Times 21st February 2014

Professor Chris Hamnett, Geography, has charted the 'gentrification' of London over half a century and said, in this piece about how high earners are being locked out of the housing market, that the capital was now 'a global centre for the international rich', whose desire to secure a home in the capital amounted to 'a process of global asset diversification'.

Ukraine peace deal

ITV Daybreak 21st February 2014

As a peace deal in Ukraine begins to be reached, Dr Gonzalo Pozo-Martin, European & International Studies, comments on the impact of a peace deal. He said: 'With that degree of violence, the president has to stand down and there has to be some deep constitutional reform or the protestors won't back down.' Dr Domitilla Sagramoso commented on the situation in Ukraine for BBC News, saying 'It's very hard to predict, I think that the situation is really getting a bit out of hand. Let's hope that the parliament manages to pass a resolution where they agree on the holding of the new elections.' Professor Anatol Lieven also wrote a piece for the Evening Standard, saying: 'The newly dominant political forces have to maintain their unity and the authority of the state in circumstances where they may have little in common but their hatred of the former regime.'

Air pollution: how big a problem is it for cyclists?

Guardian 20th February 2014

Dr Gary Fuller, Environmental Research Group, comments on the dangers caused by diesel engines in urban areas. He said: 'People should be worrying about diesel traffic and particle exposure, and also about nitrogen dioxide. The thing about these is they haven’t really improved in urban areas for the last decade or so. We’ve managed to clean up air pollution emissions in terms of nitrogen dioxide from petrol cars.'

Psychotic traits in young linked to changing schools

BBC News 20th February 2014

Dr Craig Morgan, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on new research which suggests that children who have repeatedly moved schools may be more likely to develop psychotic-like symptoms as young teenagers. He said it was important to remember 80% of cases where psychotic traits were shown did not lead to psychosis.

Women over 60 make up nearly a third of all hospital admissions for anxiety

Daily Mail 20th February 2014

Dr Jennifer Wild, Institute of Psychiatry comments on news that a third of all hospital admissions for anxiety are women over 60. She said: ‘It’s difficult to take things at face value without having some idea about what’s going on physically. In that age group there may be changes in financial income due to retirement.
They may have changes in income and they may have anxiety around not working.’ Also reported in the Daily Telegraph and Press Association.

UK faces £300m fine over failure to meet air pollution targets by 2010

The Independent 20th February 2014

Report on how The European Commission said yesterday it was taking legal action against the UK because it had not come with a plan to get the amount of nitrogen dioxide below agreed limits. Dr Ben Barratt,Environmental Research Group, warns that air quality in the UK was "not good enough". Dr Barratt added that "some technology introduced to try to make engines clear has actually made the burden of nitrogen dioxide worse".

Genes

BBC Radio 4 - Inside Science 20th February 2014

A discussion of the differences in pain levels between people looks at epigenetics. Professor Tim Spector, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, speaks about current twin studies in this area. He said: 'We're exploring a whole range of differences and similarities, trying to pinpoint what the key genes are or what the key environmental factors are that make them either very different or very similar.' Item begins 13.21

Researchers create 'lie detector' for social networks

O Globo (Brazil) 20th February 2014

A project involving several European universities, including King's, is developing a lie detector to check rumors circulating in online forums and social networks. The project, called Pheme, has created a system that will be able to analyze in real time if a publication is true and identify if an account or a social network profile was created just for spreading false information.

Why intelligence studies are a smart career move

Independent i 19th February 2014

A feature on Masters courses in security and intelligence quotes Professor Joe Maiolo, War Studies, who said: 'We weed out the fantasists. James Bond is good for recruiting candidates on to our MA in security and intelligence but he's also useful as a cliché for dispelling the notion that the world of intelligence is anything like that'. The article also quotes MA student, Kirsty Hogg, who says she was attracted by the multinational 'flavour' at King's and mentions King's connections in central London

How to tell if a tweet is telling the truth

Times 19th February 2014

King's is collaborating on the development of the ultimate 'lie detector' for the digital age — a system that can test information in tweets quickly and track its provenance. Also reported by the Daily Telegraph and BBC Online.

Flood warnings still in place

BBC Radio 4 - Today 19th February 2014

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, discusses climate change in the wake of heated debate over whether climate change is to blame for the severe weather. He said: 'I think understanding the science behind weather and climate change is important but I think what these last weeks have shown us is that there are other things that are more important which is how we as as society want to live with our extreme weather.' Interview begins 02.51.54.

Scientists develop a lie detector for tweets

Daily Telegraph 19th February 2014

Scientists have developed the ultimate lie detector for social media – a system that can tell whether a tweeter is telling the truth. The project is an international collaboration involving researchers at King's. Also reported in The Times

Why Derek Jarman's life was even more influential then his films

Independent i 19th February 2014

Feature on Derek Jarman mentioned the exhibition currently held at King's.

Patients’ records ‘will be safer on database than in the GP’s surgery’

The Times 18th February 2014

Patient records are more vulnerable in GP surgeries than on a controversial new database, according to Prof Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry. He says: “The legal framework for access to this kind of data hasn’t been changed. There are the same incredibly high hurdles that people like me have to get through, and the key is that it’s got to be for the promotion of health and social care. They’re not allowed to get data and use it for marketing. It’s illegal.”

Psychologist on a mission to give every child a Learning Chip

Guardian 18th February 2014

A profile interview with Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, who wants educators to take notice of genes, and has a new big idea – personalised learning.

The medical data revolution is good for your health

Daily Telegraph 18th February 2014

In an article about patient data, George Freeman MP mentions a project with King’s College London where MRI brain scans and medical histories from 250,000 patients in the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust were put into one database, which academic researchers are now able to study – in anonymised form – to find new treatments for hard-to-treat diseases such as schizophrenia and depression.

Test could predict which teen boys get depression

Daily Mail 18th February 2014

A saliva test for teenage boys with mild symptoms of depression could help identify those who will later develop major depression, a new study says. Professor Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "This gives us a biological model to understand mental health problems the way we understand other medical conditions," Also reported in New Scientist, Associated Press, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, Washington Post, TIME. Dr Oliver Howes was also interviewed in Reuters.

Gulen's shadowy network is a formidable enemy

Financial Times 18th February 2014

Bill Park, Defence Studies, writes about anti-corruption raids by Turkish police. He said: 'Illegal wiretaps and press leaks are being turned against Erdogan's former allies in an effort to discredit them.'

Babies with hearty appetite at risk of obesity

Xinhua (China) 18th February 2014

Research by King's College London sheds light on the way that appetite, particularly low satiety responsiveness, acts as one of the mechanisms underlying genetic predisposition to obesity. Also reported in China Daily and Global Times (China).

'Psychedelic' - Jarman's unseen dance film

Guardian 18th February 2014

Almost exactly 20 years after his death, a previously unseen film by Derek Jarman has come to light, shot inside a gay nightclub in east London, and will be premiered next month. The article mentions Cultural Institute at King's exhibition on Jarman: Pandemonium.

HSJ Live 18.02.2014 care.data programme postponed by six months

Health Service Journal 18th February 2014

NHS England has has delayed plans to begin collecting patient data from GP surgeries to later this year following mouting criticism, plus the rest of today’s news and comment. Professor Sir Simon Wesley, Institute of Psychiatry, said fear that insurance companies would be able to identify individual patients was a 'red herring' and that the benefits far outweighed theoretical risks. Professor Wessley also commented on this in the Times.

Air pollution

BBC Radio 4 - Inside Health 18th February 2014

A landmark European study published last month found a link between invisible particles of soot and heart attacks. Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, describes the study and is interviewed on his thoughts about these links and said: 'That increased risk was relatively small (5-10 per cent) but it's still a risk and there's 45 000 people die from heart attacks in the UK every year and if we can help that component of that sector by minimising the risk then I think everybody would be very grateful.' Item begins at 20.33.

Fifty British jihadis back from Syria war 'plotting a new 7/7 attack'

Daily Mirror 17th February 2014

Further reporting of the threat to Britain from British jihadis returning to the UK after fighting in Syria. Shiraz Maher comments further on the issue and said: 'The Brits in Syria fight hard. Even though they do not plan to come back, some accept it is possible they will have to one day.' He also commented on this alongside the issue of women travelling to Syria to marry jihadists in the Times.

A first class degree? I'd rather get a job.

Guardian 17th February 2014

More students are focusing on their employability skills to try and get a graduate job than their grades. Article quotes War Studies student, Calum Murray who is trying to secure employment in the defence and security sector.

Gay genetics research still causes irrational fears

The Conversation 17th February 2014

Professor Tim Spector asks why the 'gay gene' paper still causes such a stir in the public interest. He says: 'One reason people react so violently to these studies is a lack of understanding of basic biology and science, and realising that homosexuality is for a scientist just another human characteristic or trait, like sporting ability, obesity, optimism or depression.'

Freud's hysteria theory backed by patients brain scans

Bloomberg (USA) 17th February 2014

Scientists from King’s and the University of Melbourne have found, using brain scans, that psychological stress may be to blame for unexplained physical symptoms, including paralysis and seizures. Also reported by Washington Post (USA) and LiveMint (India).

King’s College London’s School of Law is Renamed The Dickson Poon School of Law

Tatler (Hong Kong) 17th February 2014

Article reporting that King's School of Law sees a name change to acknowledge Hong Kong entrepreneur Dickson Poon’s donation to the university: 'This time around Poon is extending his name beyond retail and leaving his ink (in the form of a philanthropic donation) in the field of education, as it is announced that King’s College London, one of the most prominent schools in the United Kingdom, will see a name change in its Faculty of Law in honour of Dickson, who holds a CBE.'

Derek Jarman “Pandemonium” at King’s College London

Mousse Magazine 17th February 2014

A description of the exhibition held by the Cultural Institute at King's features on the Mousse Magazine website. The exhibition has also been featured in the Catholic Herald, QX Magazine, and Where London.

Egypt president trial

BBC Radio 5 Live 16th February 2014

Gillian Kennedy, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, comments on Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi who is due to stand trial in Cairo facing new charges of espionage. She said: 'He's been in jail since the coup on July 3 last year. He's been in court now on 3 different occasions. The whole legal process has basically been delayed for a few reasons.' Item begins 07.55

Extreme weather

Sky News 16th February 2014

Professor David Demeritt, Geography, comments on flood management and the relation to climate change. He says that the science of climate change is beside the point and, more important, is what we are going to do about the current situation.

The irresistible appeal of the romantic ideal

Financial Times 14th February 2014

Professor Simon May, visiting professor of Philosophy, discusses why we have a festival for romantic love, but not one for love of nature or friendship.

Being gay is in your genes, say scientists in controversial new DNA study

Daily Mail 14th February 2014

Scientists have found two stretches of DNA linked to homosexuality in men. The confirmation of the existence of a ‘gay gene’ or genes will strengthen arguments that homosexuality is a matter of biology, rather than choice. Article quotes Dr Qazi Rhaman, Institute of Psychiatry, who said that genes are thought account for up to 40 per cent of a person’s sexual orientation and that it is likely that many genes are involved. Also reported by the Times, Guardian and Sun. The story appeared internationally in O Globo (Brazil) and Dr Qazi Rahman was also interviewed by Voice of Russia http://bit.ly/1kHof1Z

Are you cleverer than an i student?

Independent 14th February 2014

King’s Ukulele Society took part in the Independent’s iQuiz final, held at the Herbert Art Gallery in Coventry. The group said they decided to take part after being booked as the half-time entertainment at the King’s heats in November .

New Year care conundrum

Press Association 14th February 2014

New research reveals that one lingering effect of the festive season is a realisation that elderly parents may be in desperate need of home care. Article quotes Professor Jill Manthorpe, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, who says, 'Family members play a vital role in persuading parents that support is there and that they will often feel happier with it.'

Bible Hunters

BBC 2 14th February 2014

Dr Edward Adams and Dr Michael Ledger-Lomas, Theology & Religious Studies, are interviewed for this two part documentary revealing the remarkable stories of the dedicated men and women who travelled across Egypt in the 19th and early 20th century to uncover the earliest Christian texts.

Autoimmune attack behind some cases of schizophrenia

New Scientist 13th February 2014

As many as 1 in 10 cases of schizophrenia may be triggered by an autoimmune reaction against brain cells, according to a new study. Prof Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry, says "the question is whether a larger percentage of cases might have other antibodies which we cannot yet detect."

Breast cancer drug that extends life by 6 months gets go-ahead

Daily Mail 13th February 2014

A new drug for breast cancer which extends women's lives by almost six months while reducing toxic side effects including hair loss is now available for patients. Professor Paul Ellis, Cancer Studies, said: Kadcyla represents a new way of targeting HER2-positive breast cancer, which ultimately means that we could extend patients' lives compared to existing chemotherapy treatment.'

Ignored and forgotten

Times Higher Education 13th February 2014

Fern Riddell, a PhD student in History, discusses the challenges facing graduate teaching assistants. She said: 'Much is made of undergraduate opportunities and of the life of salaried lecturers, but for those at the very beginning of their academic career there is far less support and recognition.'

Why research needs nurses

Nursing Standard 13th February 2014

As this year's Florence Nightingale Foundation conference draws nearer, three of the event's top speakers will be calling for more investment in some of the big questions facing nursing. One speaker is Christine Norton, Nursing & Midwifery, a strong advocate for practice-based research in nursing.

Developing a new confidence

Nursing Standard 13th February 2014

An article looking at the College of Medicine student conference on long-term conditions/self-care which will be held at King's in September.

iLiver

Nursing Standard 13th February 2014

Holle Howe Watson, a student in Nursing & Midwifery, recommends the iLiver app to workers and patients with an interest in the area and says that it would be particularly useful to student nurses on placement in a liver ward. The app hosts detailed information about 22 types of liver disease.

Threat to mental health programme that aims to get patients back to work

Guardian (Healthcare network) 12th February 2014

King's College London and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust launched a joint randomised controlled trial to look at clinical evidence for a programme providing tailored careers advice and coaching to patients.

Exclusive: Quality and quantity of student placements at risk from staff shortages

Nursing Times 12th February 2014

Student nurses are struggling to get good practice placements because hospital wards are over-stretched and staff too busy to supervise them, according to an investigation by Nursing Times. The article mentions King's as an institution which employs clinical teachers who are primarily based with placement providers.

A (bio) revolutionary night at the museum

Evening Standard 12th February 2014

Londoners can explore some of the newest advances in medical research at the next Science Museum's latest event. Visitors will be able to take part in tests used by scientists researching areas from telepathy in twins to cell development in zebra fish. Visitors will also be able to take part in cognitive tests used by the Department of twin Research at King's.

Flooding

BBC Three Counties 12th February 2014

Professor David Demeritt has commented on flooding for BBC Three Counties and LBC Radio. He said: 'For 50 years now we have had a strategic policy that involves the careful use of cost-benefit analysis to prioritise spending to ensure that it gets to the greatest need. What would appear to have happened, is that in the face of all kinds of political pressure we are just tossing money around in response to whoever squeaks the loudest.' (Item begins 18.16)

Stoicism can kill you! Warning to Brits who ignore signs of cancer

Daily Mail 11th February 2014

Research conducted by King's in 2011 is mentioned in this piece about how long UK people might wait once they notice a possible cancer symptom before seeing their GP. The research mentioned found that two thirds waiting at least a week before making an appointment and warned that patients were being too stoical about cancer symptoms.

How dementia patients' rages may have a very surprising cause

Daily Mail 11th February 2014

A case study which looks at how untreated pain in dementia sufferers can cause the random outbursts of rage commonly associated with the condition. Scientists from King's found that when they gave daily pain treatment to patients with 'significant behavioural disturbance', their agitation was 'severely reduced'. Their study, published in the British Medical Journal in 2011, said that properly treating pain could reduce 'unnecessary prescriptions for psychotropic drugs' - drugs such as antipsychotics.

Scientists find gene linking brain's grey matter to intelligence

Reuters 11th February 2014

Researchers at King's have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called "grey matter" in the brain. Dr Sylvane Desrivieres, Institute of Psychiatry who led the study, says: "This may help us understand what happens at a neuronal level in certain forms of intellectual impairments, where the ability of the neurons to communicate effectively is somehow compromised." Also reported by O Globo (Brazil), Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post

King's press release related to ' Scientists find gene linking brain's grey matter to intelligence'

Inside Health - Alcohol addiction

BBC Radio 4 11th February 2014

Professor Colin Drummond, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses the role of medicine in treating alcohol addiction. (Begins 11.34)

Number of data interception requests to GCHQ 'possibly too large', says official

Guardian 11th February 2014

An Ipsos Mori poll, published in conjunction with a debate on privacy at King's, shows that large majority of British citizens have concerns about the way in which governments collect information about them. Professor Sir David Omand, War Studies, is also mentioned in his capacity as the former head of GCHQ.

Ankylosis: The girl whose mouth was locked shut

BBC News (Online) 11th February 2014

Mr Shaun Matthews, a Consultant Maxilofacial Surgeon at the Dental Institute, has carried out radical jaw surgery enabling a six year old girl suffering with a condition called ankylosis where her right jaw joint had become fused to smile, yawn, talk and eat properly for the first time.

World Diary

Financial Times 10th February 2014

School of Economics holds a public lecture on 'Israel: the Arab Spring, domestic politics and the future of the Arab-Israeli peace process' from King's College London author Dr Ahron Bregman

Male and pale boardrooms still the norm, report warns

Financial Times 10th February 2014

Research has found that two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies still have an all-white executive leadership. It warns that an ethnic and gender 'diversity deficit' is putting their global competitiveness at risk. Professor Richard Webber, Geography, who developed the mosaic computer classification system was involved with this research.

Labour pledges new diversity quotas in all-white FTSE boards

Independent 10th February 2014

King's recently interviewed a group of big-business CEOs to understand what they see as the hurdles preventing women from reaching senior management roles. The research was led by Dr Elisabeth Kelan, Management.

DDT, other environmental toxins linked to late-onset alzheimer’s disease

Scientific American 10th February 2014

Article describing how Alzheimer’s disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet researchers still do not know what causes the degenerative neurological disorder. Scientists suspect that, along with genetic factors, toxins and pollutants may increase the risk of developing this debilitating disorder. The article mentions work by Dr Ruoling Chen, Public Health, who studied the effects of secondhand cigarette smoke on China’s cognitive health. His research team assessed almost 6,000 people over age 60 in China’s cities and rural areas for their exposure to secondhand smoke. He found that those with the most severe dementia had been subjected to high levels of secondhand smoke.

A tiny dose of peanuts seemed to help some children allergic to that legume

Washington Post 10th February 2014

Report on how for some children, even trace amounts of peanuts can be deadly. But these kids have no option other than to avoid the legumes completely. The results of a new clinical trial may change that. Scientists have found that feeding allergic children small amounts of peanut protein every day can help them lead a normal life. For some children, even trace amounts of peanuts can be deadly.

Why the Swiss voted to cap immigration

Washington Post 10th February 2014

Dr Alexandre Afonso, Political Economy writes an opinion piece on why on Sunday, a majority of Swiss voters voted to introduce a global immigration cap applying to all categories of migrants, including workers, asylum seekers and family members of current residents: ‘The most significant feature of the initiative is that it succeeded. Very few initiatives opposed by the government are passed. Moreover, the detailed results are not what you might expect: Cantons - Switzerland’s equivalent of states - with fewer immigrants were more likely to accept the cap, while those with more immigrants opposed it,’ he said.

Health apps

Observer 9th February 2014

An app called 'The Walk' which is a game aimed to increase walking in patients with rheumatoid arthritis is mentioned in this piece looking at health apps. It is mentioned that King's is evaluating the effectiveness of 'The Walk'.

The punk prospero of dungeness

Mail on Sunday 9th February 2014

Exhibition at the Cultural Institute at King's, Derek Jarman: Pandemonium, is reviewed and given 4 stars. It is described as 'a phantasmagoric melange of megalithic earthworks, suburban housing estates, punks, demons and orgiastic campness.'

Can peanut allergies be cured?

Guardian 9th February 2014

In an article discussing recent studies in to peanut allergies, research from King's pointed out that countries in which young children eat peanut products had low rates of peanut allergy. They compared children in Israel with those in the UK – 69% of the former had eaten something containing peanuts by nine months, compared with 10% of the latter. UK children had 10 times the rate of peanut allergy.

Georgina Henry

Times 8th February 2014

An obituary for Georgina Henry, the pioneering Guardian journalist who anticipated the importance of social media. She was educated at King's. this was also reported by the Guardian.

Why Marie Antoinette's diet was the 5:2 of its day

Daily Mail 8th February 2014

In an article reporting Marie Antoinette's unusual diet and its effect on her size and shape, studies at King's that established that broths made by boiling bones contain as much calcium as an equivalent serving of milk are mentioned.

Let's not celebrate victory in First World War, says minister

Times 7th February 2014

Helen Grant, the minister in charge of marking the centenary has said that victory in the First World War should not be celebrated. Professor Ned Lebow, War Studies, said that it was a welcome change after a strident exchange of views between Mr Gove and Mr Hunt.

How soon is too soon to make movies about a war?

BBC News (Online) 7th February 2014

An article exploring how long should be left between the end of a war and the making of a film about that war. Dr Peter Busch, War Studies, comments on this and said: 'When it comes to fiction, to film and movies, you can say generally those done very close to the war, or shortly afterwards in the case of WW2, look very different to later depictions'

Jihadists in Syria hail British suicide bomber

Times 7th February 2014

A Briton is reported to have carried out a suicide truck-bombing in Syria. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has commented on this news and said he had exchanged messages with a British jihadist known to be in Syria who confirmed the news. This was reported by the Times, Independent i, Daily Mirror, Sky News, BBC Radio 4 Today, Press Association and Daily Express. Shiraz also wrote an analysis column for the Daily Mirror on this topic. As the news unfolded, Shiraz commented further on the developments in the Times, Daily Telegraph, Huffington Post (UK), Independent, Daily Mail, Sky News, Times, and Daily Mirror. As the news broke of the tenth British death in Syria, Shiraz commented again for the Daily Telegraph.

Only regional intervention can break cycle of violence in Central African Republic

The Conversation 7th February 2014

Olaf Bachmann, War Studies, writes an opinion piece on the need for regional intervention in the CAR: ‘But even before the current wave of violence, one could scarcely speak of the CAR as a “state” in any functional sense. Although the constant intra-elite fighting over power and wealth was always accompanied by some sort of efforts for settlement (or at least damage limitation), these efforts were always thwarted or aborted when one side felt it could gain superiority,’ he said.

Schizophrenia: Talking therapies 'effective as drugs'

BBC News 6th February 2014

Professor Sir Robin Murray, Institute of Psychiatry comments on new research which suggests that cognitive behavioural therapy could help treat people with schizophrenia who refuse antipsychotic medication. He says: "This study suggests that there may be a better option and that offering CBT is better than just leaving such patients to languish." Prof Murray was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Cancer patients ‘must pay for their treatment’ claims NHS specialist Dr Ajay Aggarwal

Daily Express 6th February 2014

Dr Ajay Aggarwal has suggested that some cancer treatments should be part funded by those being treated, in a paper/study co-authored by Professor Richard Sullivan, King's Centre for Global Health.

Grant winners

Times Higher Education 6th February 2014

Dr Setusko Sahara, MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, has been awarded a research grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

London Underground dispute

BBC 1 - Question Time 6th February 2014

Discussion of the London Underground industrial action and the possibility of withdrawing the right to strike. Professor Alison Wolf, Management, is on the panel and said: 'I was astonished to discover that we are the only country in Europe that does not have a coherent body of law defining essential services and defining what you have to do in the event of a strike. It's not about 'you're never allowed to strike' but it's that if you do go on strike there is a basic minimum that you are obliged to maintain.' Discussion begins at 32.10.

Women in science

BBC 2 - Newsnight 6th February 2014

A government report has found that there is a lack of women in top science, engineering and maths jobs, such as those in academia. Post-doctoral research associate, Dr Lauren Tedaldi, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, comments on this issue and her decision to leave academia. Item begins at 34.20.

Science weekly podcast: Affairs of the human heart

Guardian 6th February 2014

Professor Michael Shattock, Medicine, has contributed to this podcast discussing the physiology, chemistry and dynamics of the human heart and how research into tissue regeneration is opening up a new frontier in the treatment of damaged hearts.

From Projects To Parliament, Britain's 'Rev. Rose' Breaks Barriers

NPR (USA) 6th February 2014

Dr Michael Ledger-Lomas, Theology & Religious Studies, comments on the appointment of Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin – the first black woman to serve as chaplain to the speaker in the House of Commons. ‘Only around 2 percent of clergy come from ethnic minorities,’ he said. ‘About 20 percent of all worshippers within London, for instance, belong to ethnic minorities. So I think there's no question that there's a demonstration effect.’

'Dimmer switch' may lead to better painkiller

Times 5th February 2014

Scientists have found that genes linked to pain sensitivity play a role in the way life experiences can alter a person's pain threshold by becoming more or less active over time. It is thought that the discovery could lead to new types of painkiller. Dr Jordana Bell, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, said that the results were 'very exciting and could lead to more effective treatment for patients with chronic pain'. This was reported by the Telegraph, BBC News, New Scientist, BBC World News, and internationally by Xinhua (China), Forbes and O Globo (Brazil).

New strain of 'deadly' bird flu

BBC News 5th February 2014

Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China. Dr Linda Klavinskis, Immunology, Infection & Inflammatory Disease , said there was no immediate threat.

Impact of culture change revealed one year after Francis

Health Service Journal 5th February 2014

HSJ research has revealed that staff wellbeing and organisational culture are being taken far more seriously by acute trust boards, one year after the Francis report was released. Dr Jill Maben, director of the National Nursing Research Unit said that she had observed a growing acceptance of this connection among NHS leaders, however, she questioned whether this had an impact on frontline staff.

Letter: Why We Are Fighting the Student Debt Sell Off

Huffington Post (UK) 5th February 2014

Areeb Ullah, Kings College London Students' Union Vice President of Academic Affairs signs this letter calling for the stepping up of the campaign to stop the government's plan to privatise student loans through a national week of protests, rallies and creative direct action.

How to teach maths

BBC Radio 4 5th February 2014

Professor Mike Askew who was Professor of Maths Education at King's before moving to his current post at Monash University in Melbourne comments on the issues surrounding the teaching of maths. He said that children need to learn basic skills such as memorising multiplication tables as well as gaining a mathematical understanding in school. Interview begins at 18.02.

Science can’t settle what should be done about climate change

The Conversation 4th February 2014

Professor Mike Hulme writes about climate change following speakers known to dispute the scientific evidence supporting climate change being called to speak at a parliamentary select committee on the latest IPCC report. He said: 'The most important questions to be asked about climate change extend well beyond science.'

Depression in pregnancy

BBC Radio 4 - Inside Health 4th February 2014

Professor Louise Howard, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses the research on the use of anti-depressants during pregnancy (begins at 08.00)

Derek Jarman: Pandemonium is a fascinating, multi-genre journey

Metro 3rd February 2014

A review of the Cultural Institute at King's exhibition to mark the 20th anniversary of Derek Jarman's death: Pandemonium. It says: 'Most striking of all is a selection of richly coloured oil paintings and set designs, often featuring triangles, circles and hieroglyphs loaded with arcane meaning.'

Oil companies having a tough time

BBC Radio 4 - Today 3rd February 2014

Nick Butler, King's Policy Institute, discusses on the reports that oil companies are struggling with Shell announcing a 50% drop in profits and withdrawal from the Arctic. BP has also had continuing issues with payouts from the worst oil spill in history. He said: 'It is company specific. Each of the companies have their own challenges.'

Positive signs on the pupil premium effect

Guardian 3rd February 2014

A letter in response to the Guardian's report on pupil premium is signed by Professor Becky Francis. It states that: 'The most recent data for key stage 2 shows the gap between pupils eligible for free school meals and all other pupils narrowed from 20 per cent (2011) to 17 per cent.'(2012)

Flooding is predicted

BBC Radio 4 - World at One 3rd February 2014

With more bad weather expected, the areas of the country that are already suffering with flooding face further problems. The Environment Agency is facing continuing criticism regarding what to do and how to pay for it. Professor David Demerritt, Geography, comments on the problems and said: 'It really comes down to choices and cost so in the Netherlands for instance they have decided to defend against the waters come what may.' Item begins at 32.44.

The philosophy of Russell Brand

BBC Radio 4 - Analysis 3rd February 2014

A piece analysing Russell Brand and his political and economical opinions as a result of his interview on Newsnight in 2013. Dr Paolo Gerbaudo sees the interview as a symptom of a growing trend. He said: 'I think that Russell Brand's interview reflects this emerging political culture that I've named anarcho-populism.'

Would you admit to being a teacher today

The Conversation 3rd February 2014

Dr Bob Burstow asks whether teachers would admit what they do for a living when asked. He said: 'Before the government was involved, teachers were thought of as practitioners of a craft. Once legislation increased, the view of teachers shifted towards the professional'.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: What makes someone relapse into addiction?

BBC News 3rd February 2014

Commenting on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Prof John Marsden, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "Heroin abuse is a persistent and pernicious disorder and it's difficult to break free from it."

At least David Cameron kept his kit on... unlike Winston Churchill: The surprising history of the prime minister as host

Independent 2nd February 2014

Ian Johnston looks at the various ways Prime Ministers have chosen to meet with visiting dignitaries. The article mentions that David Cameron took Francois Hollande to the Swan Inn in Oxfordshire. Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, said: The 'informal' nature of British prime minister allowed Mr Cameron to host a more relaxed event.

Who wants a male pill?

Observer 1st February 2014

An article reporting on progress in developing the male contraceptive pill. Back in November 2006 Dr Nnaemeka Amobi, a physiologist at King's had cracked the male pill – the product of 17 years in development.

Fighting First World War ‘was the greatest error in our history’

Times 31st January 2014

Professor Ned Lebow, War Studies, on TV historian Niall Ferguson's opinion that Britain's entry to the First World War was a mistake. He said that that Britain’s foreign policy had for centuries been geared towards preventing any state from winning hegemony in Europe, and that staying out of the war would not have been realistic.

Jihadists flock to Turkish camps to plan new atrocities in Europe

Times 31st January 2014

Al-Qaeda groups operating in Syria have set up three bases in southern Turkey to train foreign fighters for terrorist attacks on the US and Europe, according to intelligence sources. The article includes a set of figures, sourced from King's College London, on the nationalities of Al-Qaeda's foreign fighters.

Hope for Michael Schumacher as F1 legend 'responds' to doctors' tests

Daily Express 31st January 2014

Professor Anthony Strong, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on news that doctors are beginning to wake F1 racer Michael Schumacher from his induced coma. He said that once the sedatives wear off, Schumacher's doctors would see if he can breathe on his own and if he responds to mild pain stimulus, like gentle pressing on his eyebrows. He said: "Doctors will want to see if he can say 'hello'…and to see if he can recognise family members and remember his own identity."

Also reported in the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Associated Press, Washington Post, ABC News, Fox News, Huffington Post, USA Today, The Australian, CBC News.

Dickens is more than just 'an old, bearded Victorian'

Times Educational Supplement 31st January 2014

This article explores the issues with teaching Charles Dickens to children. It suggests that should be taught about his life as well as his novels in order to ignite their interest. Dr Bethan Marshall, Education & Professional Studies, agrees and said: 'If Dickens is taught badly, he can be hideously dull,” she said. “People can be put off him for life. I’m not sure Charles Dickens would want kids to plough through David Copperfield just because he’s notable and kids ought to know him. But Dickens taught well can be very good.'

Joint extremists work to intensify

Press Association 31st January 2014

Figures from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, based at King's, are quoted in this piece reporting on new efforts to track down French and British nationals heading to join extremists in Syria.

A new Asian Alliance

Outlook (India) 31st January 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece analysing how China’s rise is leading India to seek new partners like Japan and South Korea: ‘Tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over disputed islands in the East China Sea reflect growing major power rivalry in Asia. Indian foreign policy is gearing up to manage this major power dynamic in Asia, making the region central to its strategic calculus,’ he said. The piece was also featured in Yale Global (USA).

Vitamins ‘effective in treating ADHD symptoms’

BBC News 30th January 2014

Professor Philip Asherson, Institute of Psychiatry comments on new research suggesting that vitamins and minerals could be useful for treating ADHD. He says: "It's a good study, which is very interesting, but really needs replicating,"

Peanut allergies

Sky News 30th January 2014

Professor Gideon Lack comments on new trials for sufferers with peanut allergies who are exposed to small amounts of peanut, with this being gradually increased to retrain their body's reaction. He said: 'This is certainly an important step forward for the field of peanut allergy but I should stress it is not a cure and I do not believe it is ready yet for use as a clinical treatment.'

Literary find

BBC 2 - Newsnight 30th January 2014

Professor Edith Hall, Classics, comments on the discovery of two new poems from the most famous Greek female poet, Sappho. Professor Hall said: 'Well it's certainly going to inspire a great deal of new study. This really changes how we think about women and sisters on the island of Lesbos in this period of time.'

Uncertain future for Turkey

Financial Times - Analysis Review 30th January 2014

Bill Park, Defence Studies, discusses political corruption in Turkey with the Financial Times Europe editor, Tony Barber. He said: ‘There’s no doubt the Turkish economy has problems. I think what’s really driven this lack of confidence is the political crisis.’

Technique facilitates 'production' of stem cells

Estado de Minas (Brazil) 30th January 2014

Further coverage of the comments from last week by Dr Dusko Ilic, Women’s Health, on the latest stem cell breakthrough by Japanese scientists. Dr Ilic was also interviewed by BBC World News and Al Jazeera.

Key component of Syria talks elusive

Voice of America (USA) 30th January 2014

Dr Reinoud Leenders, War Studies, is interviewed on the prospect of "transitional government" in Syria and what such a government might look like – and whether there is a chance of a better managed transition in Syria than we have seen in Libya or Egypt.

'Stem cells' created in less than 30 minutes in 'groundbreaking' discovery

Telegraph 29th January 2014

Scientists have turned adult cells back to their embryonic form in under 30 minutes by simply treating them with acid in a breakthrough which could revolutionise personalised medicine. Dr Dusko Ilic, Women's Health, said the findings were ‘revolutionary.’ 'The papers describe a major scientific discovery and they will be opening a new era in stem cell biology,' said Dr llic. Dr Ilic's comments were also reported by the Guardian, Daily Mail, Times, BBC News (Online), and Huffington Post (UK).

Education committee watch

BBC News 29th January 2014

Members of the Education Committee took evidence on underachievement in Education of White Working Class Children on 29 January 2014. Professor Alison Wolf, Management, is on the panel. Professor Wolf said: 'A lot of the low achievement that is concentrated in white working class children is also related to where they live.'

Joseph Lister's unknown operation uncovered

BBC News (Online) 29th January 2014

Dr Ruth Richardson, Centre for Life Writing Research, has discovered evidence of a previously unknown operation carried out by Joseph Lister at the hospital on Gower Street in 1851. Dr Richardson said: 'I was working on something else, and I don't know what made me do it but I looked him up on the Old Bailey online and this case came up, I mentioned it to Bryan Rhodes and I said to him, 'Is this unusual?', and his eyebrows went right up and he said, 'This is very unusual'.

The little niggles you mustn't just dismiss as signs of ageing

Daily Mail 28th January 2014

Professor Robert Howard, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on early symptoms of possible dementia, and what to look out for. He says: 'Our memory declines from our late 20s. One theory is we may produce less of a key protein as we age. However, sometimes you may struggle to remember something simply because you are doing too much at once and you aren't giving it your full attention.'

Rating DIY DNA test kits

The Sun 28th January 2014

As the sales of DIY DNA test kits increases, the Sun rates a variety of home DNA test kits. The piece quotes Dr Stephan Menzel, who said: 'For most people, home DNA kits are a waste of money because too little in known about the genetic factors that change the risk for common diseases.'

Frost fair: When an elephant walked on the frozen River Thames

BBC News (Online) 28th January 2014

It is 200 years ago since the last "frost fair" - an impromptu festival on a frozen Thames, complete with dancing, skittles and temporary pubs. Dr George Adamson, Geography, said that 1814 was the third coldest January since 1659, when the Central England Temperature records began. 'I'd be surprised if it froze again to the extent where we'd be able to allow large numbers of people on the Thames' he added.

Fresh call for UK bill of rights

Press Association 28th January 2014

The piece mentions a survey quoted by King's College London seems to support the idea there is increasing British public opinion in favour of a UK Bill of Rights.

Taking multivitamins 'can raise risk of a miscarriage'

Daily Mail 27th January 2014

Professor Lucilla Posoton, Women's Health, has urged women not to panic following the new finding which has suggested that women who take multivitamins whilst pregnant, may be at a higher risk of miscarriage. She said: 'It is critical that the data are not interpreted as evidence against current recommendations for folate supplementation. The authors rightly recommend that further studies are needed. In the meantime, supplements should be taken in accordance with current clinical guidelines.’

Peak car?

Financial Times 27th January 2014

Demand for oil could be approaching a peak, as companies grow more energy efficient and use cars less. Nick Butler, King's Policy Institute, tells John Authers that the shift could mean lower oil prices. He said: 'Clearly, the recession and the downturn in the European economy over the last few years has had some impact but that's not the only factor.' This video was also referred to in another FT article 'Emerging markets turbulence maintains pressure on equities.'

World War One's financial crisis

BBC News (Online) 27th January 2014

An article comparing the financial crisis during WW1 to that of 2008. Professor Richard Roberts, Institute of Contemporary British History, argues that the events of 1914 were as bad as the city had seen either before or since. He said: 'It was the most serious systemic financial crisis that has ever overtaken Britain - or indeed the world.'

World War One's financial crisis

BBC News (Online) 27th January 2014

An article comparing the financial crisis during WW1 to that of 2008. Professor Richard Roberts, Institute of Contemporary British History, argues that the events of 1914 were as bad as the city had seen either before or since. He said: 'It was the most serious systemic financial crisis that has ever overtaken Britain - or indeed the world.'

Space skinsuit could stop astronauts developing back problems

Wired (UK) 27th January 2014

Researchers at King’s are working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a high-tech, tight-fitted space ‘skinsuit’ to help astronauts overcome back problems in space.

Turkey's struggle: Erdoğan vs Gülen

Open Democracy 27th January 2014

A series of escalating crises in Turkey is reshaping political alliance and enmities. It also casts a shadow over the country's democratic future, says Bill Park, Defence Studies.

The Why Factor - Homosexuality

BBC World Service 26th January 2014

Dr Qazi Rahman, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses the origins of homosexuality.

How to boost your daughter’s self-esteem

The Times 26th January 2014

Dr Helen Sharpe, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on how we can improve girls' self-esteem. She says: “We know from research that body image comes out near the top of girls’ worries every time — it’s a big deal.” Hating your body is insidious and infectious among groups of teenage girls, and fat-talking is an increasing problem, she adds.

Science students do a bang-up job in assisting MoD

Times 25th January 2014

MSc Forensic Science student, Leo Salvia, has been working with Dr Leon Barron, Forensic Science, to investigate mass spectrometry which will improve the capability of the MoD to screen a wide range of explosives.

Byzantine heritage

Times 25th January 2014

A letter regarding the management of Byzantine heritage in Turkey is signed by Professor Roderick Beaton, Hellenic Studies.

Britons returning from Syria face arrest, says police chief

BBC News 25th January 2014

The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, based at King's is mentioned in this article reporting the news that Britons returning from Syria will face arrest at the border. The centre said: 'most British jihadists are university-educated Muslims of British Pakistani origin in their 20s.'

Children are not the only learners

Times Educational Supplement 24th January 2014

Dr Bob Burstow, Education & Professional Studies, comments on professional development for teachers. He said: 'It's usually better for new teachers to get settled in their job for a year or two. That said, some high-flyers go straight in to a master's and do very well.'

Celebrating Derek Jarman 20 years after his death

Guardian 24th January 2014

Neil Bartlett writes about the vigil he will hold in the King's Chapel on the 20th anniversary of his death. Jarman is thought to have taken his first steps as an artist whilst studying at King's. The article also mentions the exhibition - Derek Jarman: Pandemonium - which is organised by the Cultural Institute.

Elderly cancer care concern

Sky News 24th January 2014

Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, has raised concerns that people over 65 are considered 'too old for treatment' for cancer. Dr Jonathan Koffman comments and said: 'If they are treated, the chances of survival are pretty good.'

Obama is wrong to downplay the dangers of cannabis

Daily Telegraph 23rd January 2014

Research by the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London suggests a link between skunk and the development of mental illness. They found that people who smoked it were 18 times more likely to suffer a psychotic episode that those who smoked old-style cannabis.

Front-line casualties in WWI severely underestimated

Voice of Russia 23rd January 2014

Professor Edgar Jones, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on reports that casualties and numbers of men suffering psychological symptoms from WW1 were severely under-estimated. He says: "Even in the official figures, there is a suggestion that 85,000 servicemen received a war pension for neurological or psychological illness, which would generally describe shellshock. Extrapolating from that, there must have been many more who suffered from the disorder but never received a pension. We know that a lot of people didn't apply because of stigma, or they applied but the pension wasn't awarded."

Appointments - Host-Microbiome Interactions Centre

Times Higher Education 23rd January 2014

Professor Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich has been named director of the new Host-Microbiome Interactions Centre at the King's Dental Institute.

New migraine treatment receives approval and is now available on the NHS

Independent 22nd January 2014

A device that sends magnetic pulses through the skull to combat severe headaches has received qualified approval from Britain’s health guidance authority for the treatment of migraine. Professor Peter Goadsby, director of the National Headache Centre, said: 'single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation is a wonderful example of clinical and laboratory research delivering a real improvement in migraine treatment that is both effective and extremely well tolerated'

Popping pills for flu fever might make things worse

New Scientist 22nd January 2014

The general medical advice in the UK for flu sufferers is to take painkillers such as paracetamol (acetaminophen) or aspirin but painkillers also lower fever, which can make the virus worse. Dr Edward Purssell, Nursing, says that it is best to avoid using these drugs routinely and recommended last year that painkillers in children under 5 are used only to relieve pain and not fever.

Girls 'still think careers in science are for boys'

Evening Standard 22nd January 2014

Professor Louise Archer, Department of Education and Professional Studies, has been part of some research which has found that the stereotype of male 'boffins' was widespread. She said that many young people ruled themselves out if they were not the cleverest person in their class and thought a career in science meant being a doctor, science teacher or 'brainy' scientist.

Call to increase staff engagement as a way of improving satisfaction and care

Nursing Standard 22nd January 2014

Professor Jill Maben, National Nursing Research Unit, comments on the calls to increase staff engagement and therefore improve said: 'Nurses know what needs to be done and empowering them to make changes can really be satisfying.'

More power for Charles - but can he learn the art of silence?

Independent 21st January 2014

Dr Andrew Blick, Institute of Contemporary British History, comments on the 'gentle succession' between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles which sees the Prince taking over some of the Queen's official duties. He comments on the Queen's tendancy to stay out of politics and whether Prince Charles will endeavour to do the same. He said: 'That might be the expectation. How it will work out in practice, which rests on self-restraint, remains to be seen.' Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, also discusses the news that the Prince is due to take over some of the Queen's official duties in the Telegraph.

Top universities ‘will not expand for fear of damaging their status’

Times 21st January 2014

King's is mentioned in this piece looking at university expansion and the scrapping of student number controls.

NHS must value its nursing staff, warns report

Nursing Times 21st January 2014

The NHS must do more to look after and listen to nurses, according to the authors of a report by the Point of Care Foundation that highlights the link between happy staff and patient welfare. Professor Jill Maben, director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London and a trustee of the foundation, said staff engagement was all the more important in tough times.

Terror risk from Syria 'will last two generations'

Evening Standard 21st January 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, has had his comments from his warning to the Home Affairs Select Committee reported in coverage of ongoing issues in Syria. He said that there was already a 'critical mass' of Britons fighting in Syria who would become 'charismatic leaders' and inspire others in to violent extremism.

Guardian Weekly Letters

Guardian 21st January 2014

A letter to the Guardian in response to an article in praise of crystallography says that the real discoverer of DNA was Rosalind Franklin at King's College London.

Syria's conflict in numbers

Evening Standard 21st January 2014

Feature collecting various statistics about the Syrian conflict. It states that 11,000 fighters from overseas are now believed to be in Syria, according to research by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, London.

Civil war in Syria

BBC Radio 4 PM 21st January 2014

Professor William Philpott, War Studies, spoke about the brutality of civil war in comparison to conventional war and said: ‘I think the stress in civil wars is conflict within societies, in some ways it has a different perspective compared to conflict between armed forces which is somehow seen as legitimate.’

Death toll of First World War ‘too low by one million men’

The Times 20th January 2014

New claims suggest that as many as a million more men were killed in WW1 than previously believed, while the number of soldiers left with “shell shock” was also massively underestimated. Professor Sir Simon Wessely, King's Centre for Military Health Research, called the assessment of shell shock “almost certainly correct and almost impossible to prove”.

Chocolate and red wine may help to prevent diabetes

Telegraph 20th January 2014

Ingredients found in chocolate, tea and berries could guard against diabetes. Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds (found in berries, tea, and chocolate) could offer protection from type 2 diabetes - according to research from King’s College London and the University of East Anglia. This was also reported by Press Association, Sky News, Huffington Post UK, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Sun, Financial Times, Nursing Times and Metro.

Britons sent by al-Qaeda to launch attacks on us

Daily Telegraph 20th January 2014

An estimate from Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, that 50 British fighters have already returned home from Syria has been mentioned on the front page of the Telegraph, reporting that British people are being trained in Syria and then returning to the UK to launch attacks on home soil.

Lonely hearts blog for al-Qaeda fighters

Times 20th January 2014

It is reported that women have been using the internet to seek husbands among young British men fighting with al-Qaeda in Syria. He said: 'Although some fighters don’t have a problem with taking their wives, apart from the logistical hurdles, the issue of single women is far more controversial, because many jihadists don’t believe women have a role on the battlefield.'

The glamorous outsider with a passion for life

Daily Telegraph 20th January 2014

King's Cultural Institute's exhibition - Derek Jarman: Pandemonium, has been mentioned in a piece written by Rupert Christiansen for the 20th anniversary of Jarman's death.

The computer avatars freeing schizophrenics from their hellish demons

Sunday Express 19th January 2014

Computer-generated avatars and virtual worlds look set to revolutionise the way debilitating ­mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Researchers at King’s are leading a two year trial in the hope it will provide a far quicker and more successful treatment for severe auditory hallucinations than the pharmaceutical drugs and talking therapies currently on offer. Professor Tom Craig, Institute of Psychiatry, said: “If it is ­successful it can be in the NHS very quickly, as there are already plenty of people who have the basic skills as practising clinical psychologists to carry out this therapy."

The Archers' storyline that touched a nation

The Daily Telegraph 19th January 2014

A recent storyline in the Archers explores the reality of Alzheimer’s disease that the medical experts say has no equal in drama. Professor Simon Lovestone, Institute of Psychiatry, describes it as “one of the most accurate, sensitive, moving and just true portrayals of dementia I have ever encountered”.

NHS 'has upped game' on stress disorder

BBC Radio 4 - Today 18th January 2014

Ex-soldier Liam Culverhouse was was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when he caused the death of his baby daughter. Dr Deirdre MacManus, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about the effects of active service on soldiers. Dr MacManus was also interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC1 10 o'clock news and British Forces Broadcasting News.

The costs of clandestine talks with Syria's strongman

Financial Times 18th January 2014

This article questions why western governments are renewing relations with Syria's Bashar Al-Assad instead of plotting his departure. It says that the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, based at King's, believes that the number of foreign fighters in Syria swelled in the second half of last year, largely because westerners joined in.

Push for Pragmatic Dhaka Policy

New Indian Express 18th January 2014

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an op-ed on how Bangladesh is entering a turbulent phase after the controversial general elections of January 5 and with the continuing post-poll violence. He says New Delhi needs to pay special attention to its neighbour, as 'the fallout from continuing instability in Bangladesh will have significant implications for India and the larger South Asian region'.

The Spectator book review that brought down Macmillian's government

The Spectator 17th January 2014

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, writes about the cover story in The Spectator that helped to bring down a Conservative government fifty years ago. It claimed that Macmillan had fixed the succession so as to scupper the chances of the natural candidate.

How Japan stood up to old age

Financial Times 17th January 2014

25 per cent of Japanese people are over 65. The Japanese not only live longer but they work longer, stay healthier, care for their elderly better and have found ways to pay for it. Dr Mayumi Hayashi, Social Science, Health and Medicine, who said that Japan has the highest provision of day centres for the elderly in the world.

Pain care: overhaul education for the next generation

Nursing Times 17th January 2014

King's College London's professional pain training, introduced three years ago, is mentioned in this article looking at the effects of pain and the necessity for pain management training. It says that as well as enhancing knowledge, it provides opportunities to rehearse and refine skills.

Trusting police

Sky News 17th January 2014

Dr Benjamin Bowling, comments on sus laws and said: 'I'm not at all surprised that people have lost trust in the police. I think it's shocking that half the population of England and Wales feel that they can't really trust the police. Stop and search is a really crucial issue in this.'

Comedians have ‘high levels of psychotic traits’

BBC News 16th January 2014

A new study suggests that comedians have personality types linked with psychosis. Commenting on the research, Dr James MacCabe, Institute of Psychiatry, says: "This study tells us some interesting things about the differences between comedians and actors but not about the link with psychosis." His comments were also reported in the Guardian

Broken by war: the Army reservist still battling with combat stress

Independent 16th January 2014

Research from King's Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) has shown that reservists are at greater risk of mental health problems. The Armed Forces are increasingly relying on reservists, yet the number of psychiatrists in the military is decreasing. Professor Neil Greenberg, KCMHR, says: “It doesn’t make any sense. If you know there are increased risks among reservists then why not respond? You’re also shooting yourself in the foot. If we are going to rely more on reservists in future conflict, we need to make sure they’re ready for the job.”

Queer without fear

Evening Standard 16th January 2014

The exhibition hosted by the King's Cultural Institute - Derek Jarman: Pandemonium - is mentioned in this article looking at the events planned to mark the 20th anniversary of Jarman's death.

Cycling in London

ITV London 16th January 2014

Dr Ben Barratt, Environmental Research Group, assists ITV weatherman, Martin Stew, in carrying out a small study in to the levels of air pollution London cyclists are exposed to. Dr Barratt was also interviewed by Radio 4's Today programme on the topic of air pollution, particularly in relation to the risk of heart attacks.

60 seconds with Angela Thavaraj

Nursing Times 15th January 2014

An interview with Angela Thavaraj, advancing practice nurse at St Christopher's Hospice, London, mentions that she trained at King's College London.

Psychology of drinking

BBC Radio 4 - The Human Zoo 15th January 2014

Dr Kyle Dyer, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about his research investigating whether posters designed to reduce alcohol related harm result in people drinking less.

Syrian conflict

BBC Radio 4 - Today 15th January 2014

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, comments following the news that Western intelligence agencies have visited Damascus for talks on combating radical Islamist groups. He said: 'We produced a set of figures, published last month, in which we estimated somewhere between 200 and 366 British nationals to have gone over and participated in the conflict. At the moment the powers which are being used are prerogative powers to strip people of their passports. I think we would favour a legislative approach to that.' Item begins 01.13.32.

Growing in to the role

Nursing Standard 15th January 2014

Recent research from the National Nursing Research Unit at King's found that one of the main attractions for students considering a health visiting career was the desire to make a difference to children and families. The article reports that a new era of health visiting is taking shape, with a greater recognition of the part that health visitors play in the wellbeing and development of young children.

It was a privilege to see a patient benefit from my emotional support

Nursing Standard 15th January 2014

Sarah Wright, a first year nursing student, writes about her real world experience. She describes providing emotional support to a patient who suffered a leg amputation. She said: 'As I move forward in my nursing career, I will remember this experience, and the difference it made that I took the time to listen and offer emotional support.'

Al Jazeera Newshour - Egypt

Al Jazeera Newshour 15th January 2014

Dr Carool Kersten, a senior lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, made a number of live appearances on Aljazeera's Newshour, assessing the implications of the referendum on Egypt’s new constitution for the country’s political future and the role of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Historians criticise Foreign Office over hoard of secret files

Guardian 14th January 2014

Further reporting of the revelation that the Foreign Office has unlawfully kept secret a large amount of files. Professor Richard Drayton, History, comments on the pledge to hand over a proportion of the documents with in six years, calling it 'weak and evasive'.

Could the menopause be making your wife snore worse than you? It's not just overweight men who wreck their other half's sleep

Daily Mail 14th January 2014

Adrian Williams, Professor of Sleep Medicine, comments on the snoring as a result of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) which can be associated with the menopause. He said: 'Hormones that drive the appetite are altered by lack of sleep. One hormone that signals satiety is reduced, while the one that signals appetite is increased - this can lead to weight gain, which can only make OSA worse.'

Is it time to start cutting down on the sweet stuff?

Express 14th January 2014

Professor Tom Sanders comments on the sugar content of fruit in a piece which looks out our sugar intake and the unlikely foods that are high in sugar. He said: 'Sugar is empty calories. Generally it is better to get most of your carbohydrate intake from starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta because they also contain useful amounts of other nutrients such as proteins and vitamins.'

Ion Jinga: Romanians in the UK do not abuse the benefits system. They contribute.

Telegraph 14th January 2014

An IpsoMori and King’s College London survey shows that a third of Britons think the government spends more on Job Seeker’s Allowance than on pensions. In fact, pensions take up 15 times the budget of JSA.

Distance learning options

Independent i 14th January 2014

Courses offered by King's as part of the Open University's FutureLearn are mentioned in this article which explores the rise of online learning for post graduate study.

Residential tower next to the Shard to be designed by Renzo Piano

Guardian 14th January 2014

Reporting of the new residential tower which will be built next to the shard and will provide views over King's College London's Guy's campus and the proposed science gallery for the first time. Also reported by the Telegraph.

Program may help diabetics head off low blood sugar

Reuters (UK) 14th January 2014

Professor Stephanie Amiel, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences has evaluated a six-week behavior-modification program which is thought to help people with diabetes overcome anxieties and prevent plunging blood sugar.

A bittersweet legacy: a new liver and a lifetime of pills

Daily Telegraph 13th January 2014

A feature on the children who received some of the earliest liver transplants and how their lives have been impacted. A study at King's looks at a suite of personal narratives from an emerging ‘new’ ageing population have been gathered from the surviving members of the first cohort of paediatric liver transplant recipients, who received their transplant up to 30 years ago at Addenbrooke’s or King’s College Hospital

Meningitis vaccine must be introduced

Times 13th January 2014

A letter sent by 118 healthcare professionals urges the government to implement the meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine for children in the UK. It is signed by Dr Guy Thwaites, Immunology, Infection & Inflammatory Disease.

The best time to wage cyberwar

Nature 13th January 2014

A feature exploring whether it is worth waiting to hit enemies at their most vulnerable when hacking in to computers. Dr Thomas Rid, War Studies, disagrees with one model and said: 'The more important policy question, as [a US presidential panel report] recognised last year, is whether using offensive resources is productive in the first place.'

President Hollande scandal

BBC Radio 4 - World at One 13th January 2014

Professor Dominique Moisi, Political Economy, comments on the dilemma for President Hollande following the revelation that he may be having an affair. He said: 'Officially, the French are saying that they don't care and that what they expect from the President is to give answers on the future of the economy and on the reforms he's going to propose. In reality, I think they are quite hypocritical and the subject of the love life of the French President is in everybody's mind.' Item begins 34.28

King's at Doon

Times of India 13th January 2014

Article on King’s announcement that it conduct a two-week residential winter school for 16-18-year-olds, to be taught by the college’s faculty and held at The Doon School in Dehradun. ‘King’s at Doon’ is a new flagship pre-university programme in India, longer and more intensive than any others currently offered by King’s in India and is open to students from all schools.

Islam Channel - Egypt

Islam Channel 13th January 2014

Dr Carool Kersten, Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World, took part in a one-hour panel discussion on the new constitution for Egypt on the Islam Channel.

Daily pot tied to age of first psychotic episode

Reuters 12th January 2014

In a study of adults who experienced psychosis for the first time, having smoked marijuana daily was linked to an earlier age of onset of the disorder. Dr Marta Di Forti, Institute of Psychiatry, who led the study, says: "This is not a study about the association between cannabis and psychosis, but about the association between specific patterns of cannabis use . . . and an earlier onset of psychotic disorders." Also reported in the Daily Mail, the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo News and Reuters India

Agamemnon

BBC Radio 3 12th January 2014

Professor Edith Hall, Hellenic Studies, gives an introduction to the first of the three plays in Aeschylus' classic trilogy about murder, revenge and justice.

Terroist trainees to get life in prison

The Sun 11th January 2014

Extremists who take part in terrorist training camps will be jailed for life. The Ministry of Justice wants tougher sentencing to crack down on the growing problem. Professor Peter Neumann, War Studies, said that the move was 'over the top' and that 'not everyone who goes abroad to train and fight in 'Muslim lands' will become terrorists.

How to breathe yourself happier

Daily Mail 11th January 2014

Meditation is gaining recognition as a way of treating pain and depression. Professor Lance McCraken, Institute of Psychiatry, says: ‘Mindfulness infuses everything we do. Our patients tend to become very keen on it. When they have a little taste of mindfulness, and see how it can transform their lives for the better, they become very committed to meditation.’

FactCheck: does the case for stop and search stack up?

Channel 4 11th January 2014

In an article exploring stop and search, Professor Ben Bowling, Dickson Poon School of Law, said that he feels the grounds for searches are often flimsy: 'The kinds of grounds that are given are movements - running, hurrying and loitering, as a grounds for suspicions. The objects for search tend to be drugs or stolen or goods, but the grounds for the search tend to be flimsy'

Indian Envoy Returns Home After U.S. Indictment

Wall Street Journal 10th January 2014

Article on the Indian consular official indicted in the U.S. for alleged visa fraud. Dr Harsh Pant, India Institute, is quoted: 'If a controversy like this could shake the foundations of the relationship, it shows that it's built on fragile foundations, and there has been neglect on both sides.'

Many UK military parents think their careers hurt their children

Reuters 10th January 2014

About half of military personnel in a UK survey said their careers have had a negative impact on their children, according to a new study.“Research to date on military children suggests that parental deployment affects children’s well-being and functioning,” said the senior author of the new report, Professor Nicola Fear of King's Centre for Military Health Research at King's College London.

Alzheimer's experts have target in sights

Daily Mirror 9th January 2014

A report by Dr Miriam Stoppard discusses the possibility of a cure for Alzheimer's. She quotes Professor Roger Morris, Head of Biomedical Sciences, who said: '

Measured changes: top 10 Wellcome Trust grant-funded institutions

Times Higher Education 9th January 2014

A table charting the funding received by various universities from the Wellcome Trust. It states that King's was the only university to increase funding on 2012 with a 14 per cent rise.

Happy campers common ground

Times Higher Education 9th January 2014

Dr Natalie Gold, Philosophy, reviews 'Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us and Them' by Joshua Greene.

Q&A with Joanna Newman

Times Higher Education 9th January 2014

Question are put to Dr Joanna Newman, newly appointed Vice Principal (International). She said: 'There's a perception internationally that the UK visa system works against prospective international students. A lot more work needs to be done to convince the world that the UK is open for business and welcomes international talent.'

Award launched for enterprising university societies

Telegraph 9th January 2014

King’s College London is mentioned in this article which reports an Enterprising Student Society Accreditation (ESSA) scheme that awards enterprising student societies. The King’s College London Business Club has been accredited by the ESSA

Art, dance, rockets and diplomacy

Financial Times 8th January 2014

An article looking at the UK-Russia year of culture and how it aims to give each country a different view of the each other, includes a comment from Sam Greene, Director of the King's Russia Institute: 'When you’re getting involved with creative people you have a lot of competing agendas at the same time . . . Creative communities might like to see this as an opportunity to make a point. So both governments will be keen to see it doesn’t get out of their control.'

MoD funds research in to hackers - and music fans

Guardian 8th January 2014

The Ministry of Defence is reported to be paying out large sums for postgraduate research such as research in to online hackers, being conducted at King's.

The 3,000-year-old PLONK: Ancient Hebrew text unearthed in Jerusalem revealed to be a label for cheap wine reserved for slaves

MailOnline 8th January 2014

Dr Jonathan Stokl, Theology and Religious Studies, commented on the discovery of a 3000 year old inscription on a pottery jug used to hold wine, thought to be reserved for slaves. Dr Stokl said: ‘Irrespective of what the reading of the inscription is, it attests to someone writing Hebrew (or a closely related language) in the 10th century in Jerusalem, probably for administrative reasons’.

Mark Duggan killing

BBC London News 8th January 2014

Professor Ben Bowling, Law, is interviewed on the topic of police body cameras in the wake of the return of the verdict that Mark Duggan's death was lawful. 'I can see why a camera might be thought of as a way to verify events. I'm concerned about mission creep and surveillance creep.'

Learning drugs reawaken grown-up brain's inner child

New Scientist 8th January 2014

A drug that allows adults to master new skills easily including learning perfect pitch may be possible if we can restore the brain's youthful ability to create new circuits. To test whether the drug might reawaken the critical period in humans, researchers including Professor Allan Young, Institute of Psychiatry, had to settle on a skill that appears impossible for adults to acquire. They chose perfect pitch because it is a rare ability and is usually seen only in some people who were taught music before the age of 6.

Al-Qaeda hasn't gone away, and is gaining

USA Today 8th January 2014

Article on how the death of leader Osama bin Laden has not ended the spread of al-Qaeda, say analysts, and may even have helped it. Efraim Karsh, a professor of Middle East Studies at Bar Ilan University and Kings College, London, predicted the phenomenon of global jihad will only grow, especially in Iraq, now that the U.S. is out of the picture.

Article quotes Professor Efraim Karsh, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies: 'America managed to calm down the situation, but the Iraqi government hasn't kept a lid on the problem.. the problem is that Americans and the West don't realize that this is a very devout region and values like nationalism and liberalism aren't deeply entrenched.'

Experts who think anger can be cured with an aspirin

Daily Mail 7th January 2014

The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) has introduced a new illness, called disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, to cover intensive temper tantrums in children aged six to ten. This is defined as severe temper outbursts at least three times a week, or feeling sad, irritable or angry almost every day. A report by Dr Argyris Stringaris, Institute of Psychiatry, estimated that up to 3 per cent of children could be diagnosed - that's 360,000 British under-18s.

'ADHD doesn't exist': Neurologist claims condition is masking less serious problems and causing needless use of addictive drugs

Daily Mail 7th January 2014

More people are being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), leading some experts to claim the condition is masking less serious problems and causing needless use of addictive drugs. But Professor Eric Taylor, Institute of Psychiatry, said the UK was different because NHS guidelines already recommend careful specialist assessment, with psychological treatments given priority over medication in most cases. ‘Probably too few children here get help’ he said.

UK weather: flood siren at Chesil beach

Guardian 7th January 2014

Dr Thomas Smith, Geography, has commented on tidal levels for the Guardian's live feed on the extreme weather conditions. Dr Smith said: 'the latest on the tidal gauge shows that the sea is receding. Not close to the levels seen at last night’s high tide. Probably due to weakening winds and higher air pressure.'

Make corporations 'account for water usage'

Independent 6th January 2014

Professor Tony Allan, Geography, has called for major companies to formally record their water usage in order to ensure that the full cost of production is properly recognised. Professor Allan said that it is vital that major companies, such as Coca-Cola and Kraft, together with powerful supermarkets including Walmart, take a lead in establishing measures to 'capture the value of water'. This was also reported by Independent i.

Britain's space industry

BBC 1 - Breakfast 6th January 2014

Chris Barber, Director of the International Space School Education Trust, mentions King's College London during an interview about the space industry in the UK.

Extremism

BBC London 6th January 2014

In a piece which explores how educating mothers can prevent teenagers from turning in to extremists, Rupert Sutton, a former researcher at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, based at King's is interviewed.

Food unwrapped diet special

Channel 4 6th January 2014

King's is featured in this programme as part of a conversation about the assimilation of dairy fat in the body.

Comment: The Tories should not withdraw Britain from the European Convention on Human Rights

Pink News 6th January 2014

Professor Robert Wintemute warns against plans by the Conservative Party to withdraw Britain from European arrangements protecting human rights as it could have serious repressions for the LGBT community. He said: 'LGBT and other minority voters should think long and hard before supporting the Conservative plan to pull Britain out of the 63-year-old European human rights system.'

The trouble with the best laid plans

Sunday Times 5th January 2014

A book by Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman entitled 'Strategy: A History' has been reviewed by Bruce Anderson. Anderson said that the book 'ranges well beyond military history and displays an awesome scope, from Milton's Satan to General David Petraeus who receives cautious acclaim for harmonising political and military factors in his strategy during America's 'surge' in Iraq'

Amritsar massacre: how Britain lost the will to rule

Sunday Telegraph 5th January 2014

Dr Nick Lloyd, Defence Studies, writes about the effects of the First World War on India and how it ushered in the final phase of Britain's 300-year involvement in the sub continent.

On the bottle

Sunday Times 5th January 2014

In Kate Spicer's wine column, Professor Tom Sanders is quoted: 'The beneficial effect [of wine] on cardiovascular disease is almost entirely attributable to alcohol because it also applies to other alcoholic beverages such as beer and spirits. The polyphenolic agenda has been hyped by the industry.'

As we enter the centenary, Gove is right to question First World War myths

Independent 5th January 2014

Christopher Newton, PhD student in War Studies, comments on the backlash against Michael Gove's criticism of the 'lions led by donkeys' portrayal of the First World War. Newton says that Gove is right to highlight the work of revisionist historians such as Gary Sheffield and Professor William Philpott, War Studies.

Patients deserve the truth: health screening can do more harm than good

Guardian 3rd January 2014

Professor Susan Bewley, Women's Health, has chosen not to have breast cancer screening on the basis of information about over diagnosis. Professor Bewley said: 'My worry is that I have made my decision on the basis of information that is not readily available to my patients'

Surge in student feminism: Meet the new generation of 'bold, hilarious feminists'

Telegraph 3rd January 2014

The KCL Intersectional Feminist Society has been mentioned in this piece that looks at the rise of student feminism during 2013.

Arifa Akbar: Does a book make its title or the other way around?

Independent 3rd January 2014

An article discussing the importance of book titles mentions Dr Christopher Hamilton's book which talks about tackling adversity.

Londoners to watch in 2014

Evening Standard 2nd January 2014

King's Political Economy student, David Wilkinson, has been mentioned by the Evening Standard as a 'tech star' and one of 14 young Londoners to watch in 2014.

The scholarly web

Times Higher Education 2nd January 2014

Dr Alexandre Afonso, Political Economy, is mentioned in this discussion of the academic job market as this idea is the premise of Dr Afonso's own blog in which he compares the market to a 'drug gang' saying that it has: 'an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core of insiders.'

Sherlock Holmes: a very British superhero

Times Higher Education 2nd January 2014

Fern Riddell, a final year PhD student, History, discusses the third series of the BBC One television show about Sherlock Holmes and his 21st century reincarnation. Riddell said: 'Although he has been updated by the BBC, Sherlock Holmes has been a British pin-up for well over a century.'

Airport din linked to stroke, psychoses

Times of India 2nd January 2014

Article on a recent study by King's College London which confirmed that people who live in neighbourhoods surrounding an airport are prone to various ailments due to the high decibel blasts.

Britain at the crossroads – but which path will it take in 2014?

Guardian 1st January 2014

An exhibition, held at the King's Cultural Institute - Derek Jarman: Pandemonium, is mentioned in this list of highlights that 2014 is to bring.

From a career in GP academia to editing the BJGP

Pulse 1st January 2014

Professor Roger Jones, Medicine, describes his role at the helm of RCGP's medical journal. He said: 'My central task at the BJGP is to deal with the 500 or so original research papers we are sent each year. I have to decide whether they merit peer review and, if so, who to send them to.'

Monty Python controversy

BBC Radio 4 - Today 30th December 2013

The Revd Professor Richard Burridge, Dean of King's College London and Professor of Biblical Interpretation has commented on Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' during a feature in which Michael Palin relives the controversy that surrounded the film at its release. Professor Burridge says that this portrayal was probably more historically accurate than many Hollywood films and that he is dissapointed in the nature of the discussion that took place at the time. This was also reported by the Telegraph and Sun.

Russian bomb attacks

BBC News 30th December 2013

Following the bomb attacks in Volgograd, Russia, Dr Domitilla Sagramoso, War Studies, has been interviewed and given analysis of the situation.

Even in 1971, Awami League wasn't stating it wanted independence

Times of India 30th December 2013

Article on Bangladesh's upcoming elections, and whether it can break with past violence. Dr Srinath Raghavan, India Institute, answers questions on why Bangladesh's creation was a global affair, the influences shaping this — and how even Israel apparently got involved.

Midwives warn new NHS fees endanger migrants

Guardian 28th December 2013

Charity, Maternity Action, has found that pregnant immigrants are endangering their lives by disappearing from ante-natal care to give birth at home because they can not afford their NHS maternity charges. Dr Susan Bewley, Women's Health, commented that: 'If health professionals misinterpret their duties towards this group of women they might not come for scans, other checks or to deliver their babies.'

Translation tech

BBC One - Breakfast 26th December 2013

Professor Shalom Lappin, Philosophy, comments on the application of voice recognition to translation. He says that when you translate from one language to another you have to make decisions about words and phrases. This interview was also featured in BBC News - Click.

The Medici

BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time 26th December 2013

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Medici family, who dominated Florence's political and cultural life for three centuries. Professor Evelyn Welch, Vice Principal (Arts & Sciences) and Professor of Renaissance Studies, participates in the discussion and begins by outlining the background of the Medici family and the setting up of the Medici bank.

The rise and rise of legal highs

Men's Health 25th December 2013

In UK drug culture the chemist is king. Class A drugs are having their molecular structures tweaked and made legally available, leaving the authorities flat-footed. Relative purity is most commonly said to justify the use of legal highs with abandon. But experts agree this is a dangerous logic. “The purity of a drug does not mean much unless we know potency and effect,” reasons Dr Adam Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry.

Army recruitment could be hit by charities portraying troops as victims

Telegraph 25th December 2013

Dr Helen McCartney, Defence Studies, has said that charities are risking the undermining of army recruitment by portraying veterans as damaged victims. She says the image portrayed by charity marketing campaigns may put off young people from signing up and may even affect the chances of troops getting jobs when they leave the army. This was also reported by the Times.

Hate sprouts but can't say no to more pud? Blame it on your genes!

Daily Mail 24th December 2013

Professor Rob George, Cicely Saunders Institute, comments in this feature about things that genes can be 'blamed' for. Professor George said: 'Animal experiments already show that the presence or absence of certain genes alter pain or drug sensitivities as much as a 100-fold.'

Israel tracks Syria's Western jihadis, worried about their return

Reuters 24th December 2013

A piece reporting the concerns over Western jihadis states that the Israeli estimates for the number of Western combatants in Syria largely correspond to those cited in a report last week by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, based at King's College London.

Blind identical twins Dan and Michael Smith

BBC Radio 4 24th December 2013

Peter White speaks King's Geography student Michael Smith and his identical twin brother Dan. Both brothers are blind as a result of a rare condition known as Leber’s Optic Neuropathy which results in a sudden and rapid loss of vision cased by the death of cells in the optic nerve.

Dictatorial Ferguson 'from same mould as Lenin'

Times 23rd December 2013

Dr John Bew, War Studies, has compared Sir Alex Ferguson's leadership of Manchester United to that of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Dr Bew said that the Scottish football manager and the Bolshevik leader appeared to have the same desire for control.

Joseph Lister's first operation

BBC London Radio 23rd December 2013

Dr Ruth Richardson, Centre for Life-Writing Research, discusses Lister's first operation, when he was still a medical student, to repair a woman's eviscerated bowel from abdominal stab wounds. The operation was successful.

Was Pedro Hernandez pushed by NYPD to falsely confess to the murder of Etan Patz?

Huffington Post 23rd December 2013

Professor Gisli Gudjonsson has commented on the confession given by Pedro Hernandez to the murder of Etan Patz in 1979. It is suggested that this confession may have been forced and there are not suitable records of the events that took place during interrogation. Professor Gudjonsson determined that, without corroborating evidence, relying on the statements Hernandez made to police and prosecutors would be "profoundly unsafe."

The nursing year 2013

Nursing Times 23rd December 2013

An overview of the year in nursing mentioned research conducted by the National Nursing Unit at King's which found that more than eight out of 10 hospital nurses had to leave care undone on their last shift because of staffing shortages.

Chief exec to lead safe staffing drive

Nursing Times 23rd December 2013

Professor Jane Ball, Deputy Director of the National Nursing Research Unit at King's will collaborate with Professor Peter Griffiths, University of Southampton, on a literature for guidance in to safe staffing levels as a result of the government response to the Francis report.

The incarnation is the thawing of our wintry world

Times 21st December 2013

Reverend Professor Alister McGrath, Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture, discusses his ideas about God, Jesus and Christmas. Professor McGrath said: 'There seems to be a disconnection between the singular life of Jesus of Nazareth and the universal relevance of God.'

Crick institute: the future of medical research

Telegraph 20th December 2013

Further coverage of the opening of the Francis Crick Institute in 2015. King's College London is one of 6 scientific and academic organisations involved in this collaboration.

Scientists discover key to reversing the ageing process

Daily Mail 20th December 2013

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research, has commented on new research from Harvard Medical School which claims to have identified and reversed one of the causes of aging. Professor Spector said: ‘This is an intriguing and exciting finding that some aspects of the aging process are reversible. It is however a long and tough way to go from these nice mouse experiments to showing real anti-aging effects in humans without side effects.’ Professor Spector’s comments were reported in the Times, Sun, Scottish Sun, Press Association, BBC (Online) and Daily Mail.

Almost a third of professional parents have moved home for a good school

Telegraph 20th December 2013

Research conducted by Professor Becky Francis, Education and Professional Studies, has found that around one in three (32 per cent) professional parents with children aged five to 16 has moved to an area because they thought it had ‘good’ schools. It also found that 18 per cent have moved to live in the catchment area of a specific school.. Professor Francis said: 'Our findings also demonstrate the extent to which some working class parents are enacting 'informed choice' and policymakers may also learn from their practices.' This was reported by Independent i, Independent, Daily Mail, Press Association, Telegraph, Times, LBC, Sky News, BBC Radio 5 Live (00.06.30) and various regional broadcasts.

A funny play about anorexia

BMJ 19th December 2013

A review of Mess, a play about anorexia which was performed at the Institute of Psychiatry in December 2013.

Managerialism

Times 19th December 2013

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has written a letter which comments on management at the BBC.

Books of 2013

Times Higher Education 19th December 2013

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, describes the book that he most values from the past year - The Passage to Europe: How a Continent Became a Union

Cameron’s careless Chinese whispers

Times Higher Education 19th December 2013

Correspondence from King's College London's Erica Carter, head of German, and Patrick Ffrench, head of French, who discuss the comments made by Prime Minister David Cameron regarding UK school pupils needing to 'look beyond...French and German.'

Lee Rigby murder trial verdict

BBC Radio 5 Live 19th December 2013

Academics from King’s have commented following the returning of a guilty verdict for the two men on trial for his murder. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, was interview by BBC News, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live (item begins 02.16.17). Dr Rogers said: ‘I would say that it’s a social identity issue, it’s really not a religious issue at all. It’s the difficulty that individuals find in fitting in with different groups.’ Dr Peter Neumann was interviewed on the same topic on BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight (16.00). He comments on the media attention surrounding Islam and says that this is where the focus has been: ‘Over the past two or three years we have seen a resurgence of populist right wing movements and so accordingly, the focus of the government has shifted.’

Hospital chief exec to chair NICE nurse staffing group

Nursing Times 19th December 2013

As part of the government’s response to the Francis report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust, health secretary Jeremy Hunt asked the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence to develop guidance on safe staffing. Professor Jane Ball, Nursing, will contribute to this review.

Experience and resilience to the fore in drama about profession

Nursing Standard 18th December 2013

Nurses who travelled the world working in the former British colonies gathered in London last week for a reading of a play inspired by their collective experiences. Playwright Vanessa Rosenthal was commissioned by King's College London to write the play.

Thinking Allowed

BBC Radio 4 18th December 2013

Eloise Radcliffe, a research student in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, speaks about her study in to how couples cope when one develops a chronic illness. Eloise said that the couples she studied were very keen to present themselves as coping together and maintained a level of humour despite severe disabilities. (02.00)

London Emissions

ITV London Tonight 18th December 2013

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented for ITV London Tonight on air pollution targets following the introduction of London’s first ever fully electric buses.

From dementia to liver damage, the real toll of too much SUGAR

Daily Mail 17th December 2013

Dr Andy Dowson, Director of Headache Services, says that the sugar slump associated with sweet foods can cause headaches. This is part of an article reporting on the health effects of too much sugar, particularly at the levels eaten at Christmas. Dr Dowson said: 'Migraines tend to be triggered by changes, such as a change in sleep patterns or what you're eating. If you have a lot of sugar, your body can over react and deal with it very quickly, so your blood sugar levels peak then trough.

Why a cat bite could trigger depression

Daily Mail 17th December 2013

A recent study found that more than 40 per cent of those who'd been bitten by a cat went on to be diagnosed with depression. Commenting on the possible link to depression, Prof Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, said, “much more work is needed. Essentially, they found that people who had cats were more likely to have depression. One explanation, for example, might be that people who are lonely are more likely to have a pet, and be more prone to depression."

Parents buy second homes to win top state school places: Cunning tactics of wealthy laid bare in report

Daily Mail 17th December 2013

Research conducted by Professor Becky Francis, Education and Professional Studies, has found that a third of professional parents have moved home in order to be near 'good' schools for their children. Professor Francis said: 'Our findings also demonstrate the extent to which some working class parents are enacting 'informed choice' and policymakers may also learn from their practices.' Also reported by Independent i, Press Association, Telegraph, Press Association and BBC Radio 5 Live.

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British surgeon jailed in Syria dies in detention - family

Reuters (UK) 17th December 2013

A British surgeon who was arrested last November within 48 hours of arriving in Syria to volunteer as an emergency doctor has died in jail. The news follows a report issued earlier compiled by a partnership of five universities based at King's College London that between 3,300 and 11,000 fighters from more than 70 nations, including a rising number from Western Europe, have joined the struggle in Syria against President Bashar al-Assad.

Self-harm 'four times more likely' in female prisoners

BBC News 16th December 2013

A recent report into self-harm amongst women in prison revels that while only making up 5% of the prison population, women account for half of all self-harm incidents. Commenting on the new report, Dr Andrew Forrester, Institute of Psychiatry, calls for more research to address how the self-harm rate in prisons in England and Wales can be reduced.

New 'Tech Levels' created in drive to boost practical skills

Telegraph 16th December 2013

Professor Alison Wolf, Management, has commented on 'tech level' qualifications. A new range of practical alternatives to A Levels. Professor Wolf said: 'High-quality and respected qualifications are at the heart of any excellent vocational education system.'I am delighted that the government has taken this major step towards establishing such a system for England: one that will serve the needs of motivated and ambitious young people, of employers, and of the country as a whole.'

My father was a lovely gentleman. But as dementia gripped, his fate was cruel.

Observer 15th December 2013

An argument made by Professor Martin Prince, Institute of Psychiatry, that 'the increase of £66m for UK research is less than 0.5% of the annual cost to society from dementia, which runs to billions - a cost that rises still higher if unpaid carers are included' is mentioned in this article in which the story of a man suffering dementia is told by his daughter.

Dementia comes out of the shadows at last

The Times 13th December 2013

A letter to the editor regarding the recent G8 Summit on Dementia in London, which Professor Martin Prince, Institute of Psychiatry, participated in.

Similar but not identical: study reveals more about twins than about education

The Independent 13th December 2013

The heritability of general intelligence among humans rises with age. In infancy, about 20 per cent of a child’s intelligence is attributed to genes, whereas in adults it can be as high as 70 or even 80 per cent, according to Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, who led a twins study into educational achievement.

Trust shelve super merger plans to create a £2.3bn organisation

Health Service Journal 13th December 2013

A merger that would have created the largest provider organisation in England has been shelved. King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London and Maudsley foundation trusts were investigating becoming one organisation, along with the university King’s College London.

Kidnap ransoms ‘fuelling terrorism’ – UK Foreign Office

BBC News (Online) 13th December 2013

The UK Foreign Office has warned that ransom payments made to kidnappers are directly fuelling terrorism, and that the problem is getting worse. Alexander Hitchens, War Studies, has named the European governments he believes have secretly been paying off the kidnappers. Hitchens said: ‘In the past the German government has been criticised for being the first to do this in the early 2000s.But really, most recently, it's been the French and Spanish and Italian governments.’ Alexander Hitchens was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today. Also reported by Financial Times (Online).

A taste of no-tech life in a post-apocalyptic bunker

New Scientist 13th December 2013

A report on the Welcome to Happy Redoubt exhibition, an art installation at Somerset House, King's College London.

Empire state of mind

New Statesman 12th December 2013

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, writes this review of Camilla Schofield's 'Enoch Powell and the Making of Post-Colonial Britain'

Genetics accounts for more than half of variation in exam results

The Guardian 12th December 2013

A recently published study into genetics and schooling, led by Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, finds differences in children's exam results at secondary school owe more to genetics than teachers, schools or the family environment.

This story appeared in the Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, New Scientist, BBC News, SkyNews, The Times, South China Morning Post, BBC Chinese, GloboVision (Brazil), Evening Standard, New Zealand Herald, Press Association, Yahoo News, Times of India. Prof Plomin was interviewed on BBC4 Radio Today and the research was discussed on BBC Rdaio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live, SkyNews

The maverick founder of modern seismology

Nature 12th December 2013

King's is mentioned in this piece which discusses the film 'The Man who Mapped the Shaking Earth', a film on John Milne who's work in Japan put earthquake science on the map. John Milne began this journey by studying science at King's.

Order of Merit: the list of members

Telegraph 12th December 2013

This is the full list of living recipients of the Order of Merit. One is British military historian Sir Michael Howard OM CH CBE MC was founder of the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Howard has been described in the Financial Times as ‘Britain's greatest living historian’.

David Cameron's old college

Times Higher Education 12th December 2013

Further reporting of the comments made by David Cameron that his former college tutor, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, still sends him emails with critique of his work.

Book review: Racisms by Francisco Bethencourt

Prospect Magazine 12th December 2013

A book written by Professor Francisco Bethencourt, History, is reviewed. The review says: ‘Bethencourt’s incisive analysis ought to be compulsory reading in the think tanks, chanceries and ministries of the developed world.’

Hundreds reveal drink and drug experiences

The Herald Scotland 11th December 2013

MORE than 600 Scots have taken part in the world's biggest drugs survey which aims to assess the truth about drink and drug use.
Dr Adam Winstock, from the Institute of Psychiatry and the consultant psychiatrist and addiction specialist behind the survey, said that in general there is "very little" real data about how most people use drugs.

G8 summit on Dementia

BBC Radio 4 11th December 2013

Professor Simon Lovestone, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses the current G8 Summit that is taking place in the United Kingdom and what can be done to tackle Dementia.

This story begins at 02:10:15

When an itch during pregnancy is a sign your baby is at risk.

Daily Mail 10th December 2013

This article reports on the risks of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) and tells the story of a mother who, sadly, lost her a child as a result of the characteristic itch being overlooked. The article mentions Professor Catherine Williamson, Women's Health, who explains the disease and led a study which found that ICP can significantly increase the risk of still birth.

How do you change teenagers' negative body images?

BBC Radio 4 - All in the Mind 10th December 2013

Dr Helen Sharpe talks about how body image lessons can improve teenagers' body esteem. She says the programme she developed helps target negative behaviours.

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The Asian oligarchs you've never heard of who bought up London - and knocked the Duke of Westminster off No1

Telegraph 10th December 2013

A feature on the Estates Gazette Rich List notes that in seventh spot is art lover Joseph Lau who gave £6m to King's College London to foster Chinese research.

PTSD: 'I am the girl who didn’t die'

The Daily Telegraph 9th December 2013

PTSD is estimated to affect one in every three people who have a traumatic experience. Those who have previously suffered a trauma, or who lack social support, are particularly vulnerable. Triggers can range from assaults to natural disasters to serious road accidents. Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, stresses that PTSD can affect anyone who has had a frightening or distressing experience. He said, “Even in the military, PTSD can be caused by assaults and road traffic accidents. It’s important that we don’t assume PTSD is caused only by the Taliban.”

Pensioners with Sixties drug habit

The Daily Telegraph 9th December 2013

A record number of pensioners are being admitted to hospital after taking recreational drugs as the Swinging Sixties generation reaches old age, new figures have shown. An earlier study co-authored by Professor Robert Stewart, Institute of Psychiatry, found cannabis, cocaine and amphetamine use by people aged over 50 had risen dramatically since the early 1990s. It predicted that illicit drug taking would become more common in pensioners over the next two decades.

This story also appeared in the Mirror, Daily Mail, International Business Times, The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and The Independent.

Blood test for Alzheimer's 'close to being developed', say scientists

Channel 4 News 9th December 2013

Researchers at Kings College London say they have made a “significant step” in developing a test which could allow doctors to detect Alzheimer’s at a much earlier stage before any noticeable warning signs. Professor Simon Lovestone, Institute of Psychiatry, said the study’s data was “more promising than I think I have seen before”.

This story was also reported in The Daily Telegraph.

How traffic fumes can be deadly

Daily Mail 9th December 2013

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, comments on new research which found that exposure to traffic pollutants can push up the risk of dying by seven per cent. He said: 'This study enhances an increasing scientific evidence base that PM2.5 poses a danger to health at concentrations below current EU limit values and supports the ongoing WHO review of European air quality policies.'

Louise Mensch, Trudie Styler and Will.i.am: ADHD affects adults as well as children, but can it help as well as hinder?

Daily Mail 8th December 2013

Two to four per cent of the global adult population is estimated to have ADHD, which equates to 1.7 million sufferers in the UK. According to the Institute of Psychiatry’s Professor Philip Asherson, whose NHS clinic for ADHD adults was the first in the country, most could be unaware they have it. "ADHD was only picked up in children from 2000 onwards," he says. "Those who’d already left school would have missed any diagnosis".

Tall stories from Wayne's world

Mail on Sunday 8th December 2013

The working title for the three-part programme is Big Ballet, which to me brings to mind Disney elephants in tutus. Do we have to democratise absolutely everything? Not everyone can be a jockey, a model, a painter or a writer. For the programme, 500 applicants were whittled down to 16 women and two men, aged from 18 to 52, and who range in size from a 12 to a 20, to be coached by Wayne and dancer Monica Loughman, with insight from the former creative director of the Royal Opera House Deborah Bull, now director of Cultural Partnerships at King’s.

Pupils lack competitive streak of Far East peers

The Sunday Times 8th December 2013

Letter on the subject of education in the UK and how pupils lack the competitive streak of their peers in the Far East. Quotes Professor Alison Wolf, Management, who said that parents of different cultures value education differently.

Sleep, from A to Zzzzzzz

Sunday Telegraph 8th December 2013

Professor Adrian Williams, Medicine, says that 'everything sleeps, not just humans' in this piece exploring the mysteries behind sleep. He mentions that studies he has been involved with, such as the genetics of sleep, have involved fruit flies.

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

The Observer 7th December 2013

When gender differences are uncovered by researchers they are frequently found to be trivial, a point made by Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, whose studies have found that a mere 3% of the variation in young children's verbal development is due to their gender. Even more critical is Dr Marco Catani, Institute of Psychiatry, he said, "The study's main conclusions about possible cognitive differences between males and females are not supported by the findings of the study".

Honours, awards, appointments

British Dental Journal 6th December 2013

Mandeep Gosal, Dental Institute, has been awarded the 2013 William Houston Gold Medal for achieving the most outstanding performance in the Membership of Orthodontics examination of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

I'm also an expert on

Times Higher Education 5th December 2013

Dr Daniel Matlin, History, writes about African American scholars historically gaining prominence only by exercising their intellect in the cause of racial justice. He asks whether anything has changed and whether academics are still sacrificing recognition in their chosen field.

A-Team approach: students love it when a town plan comes together

Times Higher Education 5th December 2013

This is an overview of the 3rd European Immersive Education Summit at King's College London.

Grime, crime and art sublime

Times Higher Education 5th December 2013

Professor Clare Brant, English, reviews 'The First Bohemians' by Vic Gatrell.

Building on a tradition of discovery

Financial Times 4th December 2013

This piece mentions King's College London as it asks whether new institutions being developed in London could lead to it becoming the 'leading scientific city on the planet'.

Cameron's latest lesson from his old professor

Daily Telegraph 4th December 2013

This article mentions Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, who was David Cameron's politics tutor at Oxford University. This follow David Cameron's revelation that Professor Bogdanor still provides him with feedback on his work.

Yemen bomb makers 'working on new devices'

BBC News (Online) 4th December 2013

Professor Peter Neumann, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, is quoted in this piece reporting that bomb makers in Yemen are creating bombs that are ever harder to detect in order to smuggle them on to planes. Professor Neumann said that Western governments are confronting the threat on two fronts: intelligence and technology. Professor Neumann's comments were also reported by BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service Radio.

London terror threat

BBC London 4th December 2013

New measures to tackle those who preach hate and extremist websites have been proposed by a task force set up following Lee Rigby's murder. Dr Brooke Rogers, War Studies, comments: 'A lot of this is about long term engagement sand building up relationships with communities and if we break down the trust that we've taken so long to build up through community cohesion and engagement, they're going to be less willing to talk to us and less willing to share their views and concerns with us.'

Dementia epidemic looms with 135 million sufferers seen by 2050

Reuters 4th December 2013

Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than treble to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said on Thursday. In a policy report published along with the new data, Martin Prince, Institute of Psychiatry, said "most governments are woefully unprepared for the dementia epidemic". His report said only 13 countries have national dementia plans. Also reported in the Huffington Post, South China Morning Post, Le Monde, FOX News and MSN News amongst others.

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Well above average

Guardian 3rd December 2013

Susan Stebbing who was a Professor of Philosophy at King's, is mentioned in a letter for introducing the ideas of the Vienna circle to Britain.

Could a 4p blood pressure pill treat dementia?

Daily Mail 3rd December 2013

Professor Robert Howard, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on a new trial for a blood pressure drug as a treatment for dementia. He says: "For many years we have told our patients when they have asked us how to avoid dementia, that what is good for the heart (such as treating high blood pressure) is likely to be good for the brain."

All in the Mind

BBC Radio 4 3rd December 2013

Dr Gareth Owen, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about capacity to consent and the mental health act.

Charity says coal kills 1600 a year as MPs vote on new curbs

Guardian 2nd December 2013

New figures from the Health and Environment Alliance show that Britain's coal powered fire stations are responsible for 1,600 premature deaths every year. Dr Michal Krzyzanowski, Analytical and Environment Sciences, said: 'The scientific evidence that air pollution causes disease is no longer in doubt. Energy policy must seriously consider the significant health costs resulting from the sue of coal'. Also reported by New Scientist.

Do all these supplements really help us battle winter?

Daily Telegraph 2nd December 2013

Dr Anne Mullen, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, comments on the true worth of the pills and extracts we rely on. She says that echinacea is hard to evaluate as it comes in so many different forms and that vitamin C can help support the immune system's defence.

UK schools stuck at back of the class

Sunday Times 1st December 2013

This week, worldwide rankings based on tests of 500 000 pupils in 65 countries will show UK teenagers falling far behind the top nations of China, Singapore and South Korea in science, reading and maths. Professor Alison Wolf, Management, said: 'It is not just about better teachers, it is also about the home environment.' Also report by Daily Mail.

Public opinion hardens against private firms in NHS, poll finds

Guardian 30th November 2013

An Ipsos Mori poll for King's College London has concluded that 47% of people disagree with the idea that public health services can be provided by private companies, as long as they remain free of charge. Also reported by Health Service Journal and British Medical Journal.

Robots rule in post-apocalypse interactive exhibition

BBC News (Online) 30th November 2013

An article reporting the new exhibition, Welcome to Happy Redoubt, which runs until 15th December at King's College London. The project is the brainchild of Juneau Projects who have collaborated with the professors and students at King's College London to create their vision of a future without today's gadgets or money.

Academic experts criticise Boris Johnson IQ claims

The Guardian 29th November 2013

Commenting on Boris Johnson's claims that society should focus on high IQ people, Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, says there is a moderate correlation between IQ and educational attainment ... income, occupational status. He said: "If Boris actually said, 'We are to therefore put more of our resources into the higher IQ [bracket]', that's wrong ... it's applying values."

Genetics professor hits back

The Guardian 29th November 2013

A world expert on behavioural genetics, recently championed by Conservative education advisers, has said it is wrong to abandon those with the lowest IQs, as Boris Johnson suggested in a highly provocative speech on Wednesday.
The London mayor said those with IQs below 85 were less wealthy and implied that society should be ploughing more resources into helping those with higher IQs.
Professor Rober Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, said while those with high IQs stood a better chance of being wealthy, this was in no way "fixed" and that Johnson's assertions about resources, "didn't flow from the facts".

The girl whose skin never heals

BBC News 29th November 2013

This case study of a girl who suffers from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a condition which leaves her with wounds and skin blisters at the slightest friction. She is one of 10 patients testing a new cell therapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This trial is lead by Professor John McGrath, Genetics & Molecular Medicine, who is cautiously optimistic of the results and says: 'We expect the anti-inflammatory and better wound healing effects of these cells will last for between six and nine months, perhaps even a year.'

Climate science: can geoengineering save the world?

Guardian (Online) 29th November 2013

Professor Mike Hulme, Geography, participates in an online discussion about geoengineering. Professor Hulme argues against the idea of geoengineering, which suggests that humans can artifically moderate the earth's climate, saying that: 'I find it hard to envisage any scenario in which the world's nations will agree to a thermostat in the sky.'

Drug driving

BBC Radio 5 Live 29th November 2013

Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond, would like to extend drug driving laws to include legal highs. Dr Kim Wolff, Pharmaceutical Science, comments on testing of legals highs at the roadside and said: 'There are methods available but they haven't been widely used at the roadside environment so it's an ongoing situation I think.' (01.54.00)

Call for CCTV to monitor welfare of lab animals

Times 28th November 2013

Labs carrying out experiments on primates are being urged to install CCTV to ensure animal welfare and maintain a culture of transparency. The piece mentions King's College London's marmoset facility which does research in to Parkinson's and is thought to be essential in developing treatment for neurodegenerative conditions. Dr Sarah Salvage, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, said: 'The really important thing is the work here has been shown to be translational'

Group-level extinction

Times Higher Education 28th November 2013

Ourania Filippakou and Ted Tapper consider whether
the age of the mission group is drawing to a close. King's College London is mentioned as a member of the Russell Group as the significance of membership is discussed.

Can virtual reality be used to tackle racism

BBC News 28th November 2013

Scientists say that most people have an ingrained racial bias but have found that this can be reduced when participants are immersed in a virtual body of a different race. Ziada Ayorech, a student of Psychosis Studies said: 'When we think of something as implicit racial bias you think that it's already ingrained and there's nothing you can do, but in reality these studies show that by simply having people relate to someone with a different ethnicity - you can already change that.' This was also reported by Radio 4’s PM (39.32).

Plain cigarette packaging

BBC Radio Five Live Drive 28th November 2013

With the government currently reviewing its decision on plain packaging for cigarettes and tobacco, Professor Alan Maryon-Davis, Health & Social Care Research, comments on this, saying that in Australia, where plain packaging already exists, more of the cheaper brands are sold now that the packaging does not differ (03.20). Professor John Moxham, Respiratory Medicine & Allergy, has also commented on this for BBC News and said: ‘The crucial point for me is that people start smoking when they’re children and there are lots of studies on the way cigarette packaging looks from the past that demonstrates that children are influenced by the attractiveness.’

Acupuncture could help in the dentist’s chair

Reuters (UK) 28th November 2013

Patients who reflexively gag during procedures such as teeth impressions may find relief in acupuncture, according to researchers. In order for a large, randomized controlled trial - the gold standard in medical research - to be done on this subject, dental offices and academic institutions may have to work together, said Chris Dickinson of King's College London Dental Institute at Guy's Hospital in England.

Twin studies shows genes are switched on and off

ABC News (Australia) 28th November 2013

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research, gives an interview on how the study of the differences between identical twins has turned all the old theories about how a person’s genetics pre-determines their genes, on their heads.

Twin studies shows genes are switched on and off

ABC News (Australia) 28th November 2013

Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research, gives an interview on how the study of the differences between identical twins has turned all the old theories about how a person’s genetics pre-determines their genes, on their heads.

Psychiatry needs a broader focus

The Guardian (Online) 27th November 2013

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, Institute of Psychiatry and president-elect of the World Psychiatry Association believes, “Every school should have a health professional knowing the basics about mental health", in an interview in The Guardian.

Modafinil Reduces Depression's Severity When Taken With Antidepressants

Science Daily 27th November 2013

A new study has concluded that taking the drug modafinil, typically used to treat sleep disorders, in combination with antidepressants reduces the severity of depression more effectively than taking antidepressants alone. Professor Cynthia Fu, Institute of Psychiatry, who worked on the study said, "This is good news for individuals struggling to fight depression".

Senior nurses give their verdict on government response

Nursing Standard 27th November 2013

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Nursing & Midwifery, reacts to the key points of the government's response to the Frances inquiry into Mid Staffs. Professor Rafferty said: 'The decision to publish staffing levels and move towards greater openness is a step in the right direction. But we need defined minimum staffing levels.

Should all nurses be mentors?

Nursing Times 27th November 2013

Researchers at the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London have asked whether it is time to 'rethink the role of the mentor in nurses' careers'.

Heading up the famous Hampstead School: my leadership formula

Guardian 27th November 2013

The former head of Hampstead School discusses the principles she held during her headship. She mentions becoming involved with a mathematics project run by King's College London.

Simon Wessely: A man with “a joking seriousness”

BMJ 27th November 2013

An interview with Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry. When asked what personal ambition he still has, he says: "To give something more back to my profession, helping the best students go for the best medical specialty."

China's navy breaks out to high seas

Reuters 27th November 2013

Dr Alessio Patalano, War Studies, comments on the flotillas of Chinese warships and submarines which in October sliced through passages in the Japanese archipelago and out into the western Pacific for 15 days of war games. Dr Patalano comments on China’s PLAN (People’s Liberation Army and Navy), whose warships are now warships are now highly visible in all major oceans: ‘The PLAN is a relatively young organization building up their capabilities and certainly not the ‘senior service' in China.. It's important for its leadership and its members to establish their credentials and increase their profile,’ he said. His comments appeared in Reuters US and Reuters India and were used by Yahoo (Hong Kong), ABS-CBN (US) and Deutsche Welle (Germany).

My Afro is Melting

Time 27th November 2013

A feature on how Islamist fighters attempt to lure more foreigners to the Syrian struggle, increasingly promoting the image of a “five-star jihad” on social media, urging Western volunteers to pack tablets and toiletries for the holy war. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation said: ‘Compared to the privations of living in Kandahar, these guys in Syria are tweeting pictures of KitKat bars and Red Bull drinks. They know they are going to die, martyr themselves for jihad, but they are saying that on the way, you might as well ‘have a break, have a KitKat.’

Pope finds a new enemy – capitalism

CNBC 27th November 2013

Pope Francis' attack on some values of capitalism has reignited a long-running debate about whether the free market is compatible with Christianity. Anna Rowlands, Theology, said: ‘There have always been parts of the Catholic Church which are more left- and more right-leaning..the really new development in this is the attack on the trickle-down theory’.

Democracy debate

BBC Radio 4 - PM 26th November 2013

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s PM panel this week, discussing issues around democracy. He discussed the issue of gender representation in politics and the possibility of having a male and female MP for each constituency. Professor Bogdanor said: 'It's fair to say that under a number of systems of proportional representation you do have multi member constituencies. The single transferable vote for example, where it’s much more likely you'll get a balance.' (Item begins 23.30). He also commented, later in the week, on how politicians are paid and the experience they should have. He said: 'I think we could all agree that we want more politicians with practical experience. I'm against making that any sort of legal requirement. I think the answer is to widen the basis of selection for MPs.' He also discussed representation in parliament and on positive and negative voting.

How Girls With Autism Are Being Shortchanged

The Huffington Post (US) 26th November 2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism spectrum disorders, or ASDs, are five times more common among boys than girls. But a growing body of research hints that the significant sex-based differences in autism diagnoses are a result not just of biological differences, but of a failure to recognize ASD in girls. Professor Francesca Happe, Institute of Psychiatry, says, "It's likely that we are missing girls who are high-functioning and don't have additional co-morbid problems”. Professor Happe cautioned against overstating the new study's potential implications but called it interesting.

India marginalised in backyard

The New Indian Express 26th November 2013

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on India’s relationship with the Maldives: ‘India has to trudge very carefully in Maldives. With just 3,20,000 nationals, Maldives has assumed a disproportionately large profile primarily due to its geopolitical position astride strategic sea lines of communication and China’s attempt to win influence. The rivalry was brought to light when Maldives cancelled a lucrative contract granted to Indian and Malaysia companies amid speculation that a Chinese firm was behind the move, although the reality could be more prosaic,’ he said.

West Asia's Changing Countours

DNA (India) 26th November 2013

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on how several factors have led to US hegemony in the region coming under a cloud. Several factors have led to US hegemony in the region coming under a cloud: ‘The US interest in West Asia is declining as domestic economic and political uncertainties make it look more and more inwards…These trends are reshaping the regional order in West Asia and New Delhi will have to respond pro-actively to preserve and enhance its own interests in a strategically critical region,’ he said.

Exclusive: Numbers choosing to leave nursing rise by 26%

Nursing Times 25th November 2013

The numbers of nurses actively choosing to leave the profession has jumped 26% since the coalition government came into power,

Many carers paid less than minimum wage - report finds

BBC News (Online) 25th November 2013

A study by Dr Shereen Hussein, King's Policy Institute, revealed that up to 124,000 care workers are being paid less than the minimum wage because they are not paid for the time they spend travelling between homes. Dr Hussein was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live about this situation.

Scottish independence: What would it mean for the rest of the UK?

BBC News (Online) 25th November 2013

In September next year voters in Scotland will go to the polls to decide whether or not to become independent. This piece investigates the effects on the rest of the UK and Europe. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, says it would be a mistake to over-egg the impact and that the most likely change would be that 'Labour would have to tailor its message more to voters in England' which may lead to more Blairite policies.

Sixth British jihadist reportedly killed in Syria

Independent 25th November 2013

Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the study of Radicalisation, has been quoted in this piece reporting the death of a another British fighter in Syria.

Daily Politics

BBC 2 25th November 2013

Deborah Bull, Executive Director of King's Cultural Institute, is a guest on the programme and speaks about government intervention in pay day loans.

Democracy debate

BBC Radio 4 - PM 25th November 2013

Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, is a guest on the programme and discusses the issue of representation in politics, particularly with reference to gender representation and the possibility of having a male and female MP for each constituency. Professor Bogdanor said: 'It's fair to say that under a number of systems of proportional representation you do have multi member constituencies. The single transferable vote for example which is used for the election of the Irish parliament and there its much more likely you'll get a balance.' Item begins 23.30

Live chat: tackling inequality in middle income countries

Guardian (Online) 25th November 2013

Dr Paul Segal, King's International Development Institute, is on the panel for a live chat on Thursday 28 November which will discuss whether it is time development focused on poor people rather than poor countries?

Geneva talks are just the start of years of diplomacy

Sunday Times 24th November 2013

An editorial comment from Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, who says that there is no method which can guarantee that Iran will not become a nuclear power.

House of slaves

Sunday Times 24th November 2013

The Lambeth women rescued from decades of slavery may have feared the outside world after being brainwashed into developing a paranoid view of it, according to mental health experts. Professor Tom Fahy, Institute of Psychiatry, said: “It’s not unusual for people who have been abused or have been in cult situations to begin to identify with the abuser or the aggressor or the dominant individual." Professor Neil Greenberg, also from the IoP says: “People who are kept captive develop emotional bonds with their captors because they feel their welfare is completely in another person’s hands.”

Why even successful women are insecure about their looks

BBC News 23rd November 2013

Dr Helen Sharpe, Institute of Psychiatry suggests that even high-achieving women can feel very conscious about the way they look. She says: "There is this subtle message running through all mass media and reflected in conversations with friends and family that beauty is equated with happiness and success. You can't just be successful, you've got to have the looks at well."

How South London 'slaves' may rebuild their lives

New Scientist 23rd November 2013

Dr Jennifer Wild, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about the psychological issues the women will face and how will they start rebuilding their lives. Also interviewed on Channel 4 News, ITV daybreak

India and Vietnam add a new punch to their relationship

Business Standard (India) 23rd November 2013

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an opinion piece on how Delhi is progressing its ties with Vietnam, particularly on the defence front, in an attempt to ally with other Asian nations concerned about China's rise: ‘In a significant move, India has also decided to offer a $100-million credit line to Vietnam to purchase military equipment,’ he said.

Fruit recipe for healthier pregnancy

The Times 22nd November 2013

Leading a healthy lifestyle in the months prior to conception as well as during pregnancy could potentially decrease the chance of complications such as pre-eclampsia or premature birth, according to a new study led by scientists at King’s College London. Researchers suggest that maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure prior to conception, could boost women’s chances of an uncomplicated pregnancy, and say these findings could help women make informed lifestyle changes. Reported by Independent, Daily Telegraph, Metro, Press Association, Nursing Times, BBC London 94.9 and Xinhua (China).

King's press release related to 'Fruit recipe for healthier pregnancy'

Universities should use Twitter to engage with students

Guardian 22nd November 2013

A geography student at King's is quoted in this piece about the merits of using Twitter at universities to engage with students. The geography students says that they would like to see deadline reminders on Twitter.

Report reveals why personalizing support for women with breast cancer could save lives

Reuters 22nd November 2013

Research suggests that personalizing support for women living with breast cancer could help them achieve better health outcomes through improved adherence. Professor John Weinman, Institute of Psychiatry, "Research shows there are certain factors that contribute to non-adherence in breast cancer, including treatment side effects, an individual's personal beliefs about their treatment and condition, and the quality of their healthcare consultations." Also reported by Press Association

Report reveals why personalizing support for women with breast cancer could save lives

Reuters 22nd November 2013

Personalising support for women living with breast cancer could help them achieve better health outcomes, according to a new white paper published by Atlantis Healthcare. ‘Research indicates as many as 41% of women choose to discontinue their breast cancer treatment,’ confirmed Professor John Weinman, Medicine, who reviewed the new report.

Living with schizophrenia

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour 21st November 2013

Professor Elizabeth Kuipers, Institute of Psychiatry, was awarded a WISE lifetime achievement award. On BBC Radio 4 she talks about schizophrenia and her work on developing family therapies for schizophrenia.

King's press release related to 'Living with schizophrenia'

Lie detector tests

BBC Radio 5 Live 21st November 2013

Dr Jamie Horder, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses whether lie detector tests work or not. He says there isn't enough evidence that polygraph tests work.

Drone strike kills Haqqani network's No. 2, other Taliban commanders

NBC News (US) 21st November 2013

Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, commented: This will undoubtedly incline the Haqqani network still further against any peace talks with the American and Afghan governments and will give them an even stronger motive to disrupt next year’s elections.’

UK offers scholarships to 12 Indians

Press Trust of India 21st November 2013

Several reports in India following the announcement that King’s is to take part in the Chevening Gurukul Scholarships for Leadership & Excellence, FCO's premium scholarship scheme for India (full story to follow). The story was reported by Press Trust of India and Economic Times (India).

Kate Middleton out again to support children's charity in Canary Wharf

Daily Mirror 20th November 2013

the Duchess of Cambridge will listen to guest speakers in support of school-based mental health charity Place2Be. Speakers include Professor Stephen Scott, Institute of Psychiatry, who will talk about helping parents to raise well-adjusted children. Also reported by Press Association, Daily Mail, Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph.

UNIFESP recruiting Brazilians to respond to a research study on drugs

Globo.com 20th November 2013

The Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Unifesp) is coordinating a global survey to map drug use around the world, how people have access to substances and consumption patterns, in collaboration with researchers at King’s.

Any GP you want: so long as you're healthy

The Guardian 19th November 2013

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses how proposed reforms to GP surgeries, including abolishing practice boundaries, and allowing patients to choose their GPs will be bad for people with mental health problems. He says: "It is hard to think of a single policy that will do more to extend the health gap between rich and poor than Hunt's latest plans."

Drug use soars among over-50s as Sixties swingers reach retirement age

The Times 19th November 2013

Illegal drug use among the over 50s has risen tenfold since the 1990s as the “Swinging Sixties” generation heads toward retirement. Just over 0.5 per cent of those aged 50-64 had had a line of cocaine, according to a study by the Institute of Psychiatry.

Scots urged to reveal truth about alcohol and drug abuse

Herald Scotland 19th November 2013

Dr Adam Winstock, Institute of Psychiatry, heads up the Global Drugs Survey, targeting Scotland and 17 other countries to understand the nature of drug use. He says: "There are people who develop serious drug and alcohol problems and run into serious harm. We run the Global Drug Survey to provide real time information on drug use on the majority of people and use it to inform them and governments about how they can keep themselves safe."

Could eating cheese give you diabetes?

Daily Mail 19th November 2013

Eating a diet rich in meat and cheese has been suggested as a factor which will increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, comments on the findings and says that the study does suggest a link between a high acid diet and diabetes but that this is based purely on statistics rather than medical evidence. Professor Sanders said: ‘Diabetes levels are also high among black and Asian communities who don't eat many dairy products. The main risk factor is weight.’

Written in your blood

New Scientist 19th November 2013

In a piece looking at the advanced nature of DNA profiling, Professor Tim Spector, Twin Research and Epidemiology, comments that: ‘The epigenome is a snapshot of the major events in your life’ and says that he can get an indication for things like smoking, diet and illnesses, simply by looking at the DNA contained in a drop of blood.

Nurses: The engine of the NHS

BBC News (Online) 19th November 2013

Nurses are an integral part of hospital care and guidelines for staffing levels are being based on research from King’s which shows that above the ratio one to eight, excess death levels begin to rise.

Investigating the NHS's treatment of people with brain injuries

BBC Two - Newsnight 18th November 2013

Professor Lynne Turner Stokes comments on the NHs’s treatment of patients with brain injuries following evidence to suggest that rehabilitation care is not good enough. Professor Turner Stokes said: ‘I think that it really underlines the necessity to have patients who have complex disabilities cared for by staff who’ve had the expert training’. Interview begins 11.23.

The idea of India

NDTV 18th November 2013

Professor Sunil Khilnani, India Institute, took part in a panel discussion on NDTV’s Dialogues about redefining the idea of India, saying that there is broad consensus among historians but still differences in interpretation and nuance. ‘It’s not an ideology, it’s an idea – it’s not a readymade, purchased version of what India is or what Indian nationalism is, it’s a set of principals – there is basic agreement,’ he said.

Pakistan slide

Voice of Russia 18th November 2013

Professor Anatol Lieven, War Studies, was interviewed by Voice of Russia on the trial of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. ‘What is also demonstrates is that these sectarian tensions are not simply the work of very small groups of terrorists and extremists, but they are becoming more widely spread in society, which means that the extremists have a real social base,’ he said.

Michael Gove and the question of genetics in schooling

The Independent on Sunday 17th November 2013

Research by Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, into cognitive development showed that cognitive skills such as learning to read, maths and understanding science, are "some of the most heritable, the most genetically influenced traits that we have, far more than personality or mental illness." He argues that ignoring genetics when making policy decisions made no sense.

UK’s military veterans not damaged or broken

Sunday Times (letters) 17th November 2013

In a letter to the Sunday Times, Prof Neil Greenberg, King's Centre for Military Health Research says there is not an epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder or suicide affecting our service personnel and veterans. In fact, most service-leavers who were deployed in high-threat roles do well in civilian life.

New personal safety app allows smartphone users to tell friends and family when they are in danger

Mail Online 17th November 2013

This report of the release of a personal safety app which can be used to send alerts to family and friends when a person feels in danger, mentions research from King's and Ipsos Mori which found that two thirds of adults do not believe that crime rates are falling.

Varied, rigourous, global: Will the IB make the grade?

Daily Telegraph 16th November 2013

This article reports that top universities are beginning to acknowledge the true value of the International Baccalaureate with King's College London being mentioned as a university that will accept 35 points (out of 45) as equivalent to 2 As at A Level for admission next autumn as opposed the the 29 points that have been considered equivalent previousy.

New GCSE grading 'will de-motivate less able pupils'

BBC (Online) 16th November 2013

Dr Bethan Marshall, Department of Education and Professional Studies, has commented on the grading system of the new GCSEs which will have only 2 grades below the 'C' equivalent rather than the current 4. She says that this grading will be 'hugely demoralising'.

The man who weighed thoughts

New Scientist 15th November 2013

Dr Marco Catani and Stefane Sandrone, Institute of Psychiatry, talk about the Angelo Mosso, the 19th-century physiologist had apparently found a way to measure changing neural activity using little more than a balance. Dr Catani says: "Modern neuroimaging is linked to an old concept. You can't measure neural activity directly, but you can look at shadows, and one of these has always been changes in blood flow."

The man who shot JFK

Guardian 15th November 2013

In a piece which explores how Zapruder’s fuzzy home movie depicting the assassination of JFK became a great cultural artefact of our time, Dr Clare Birchall, Institute of North American Studies, comments on the fact that, despite the fact it appears to be video evidence, it has not been enough to quash conspiracy theories. She said: ‘The camera ‘never lies’, and yet it is precisely that which allows one to lie.’

Commonwealth summit

BBC Radio 5 Live 15th November 2013

Dr Ruth Craggs commented on the criticism received by David Cameron for attending a meeting in Sri Lanka with the President. She said: 'This is not a simple story, it's a complex one and lots of civil wars have lots of abuses on either side. I think what's needed is a real open reflection of what's gone on...It would be a good thing if that could be something that came out of this Commonwealth meeting.' (01.12.45). Dr Craggs was also interviewed about this on the BBC News.

Doping bans

Sky News 15th November 2013

The world anti-doping agency has doubled the length of the ban it believes atheletes should serve when they test positive to drugs, from January 2015 atheletes could be suspended for 4 years. Professor David Cowan, Director of the Drug Control Centre, comments on drug testing in sport saying: 'It's very clear that until doping control is extended right the way around the world, we won't be able to get that level playing field.'

On the CASE

Times Educational Supplement 15th November 2013

A letter from Laurie Smith, Department of Educational and Professional Studies, says that children can learn to focus their attention, something which is thought to be an indicator of future success. The Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE) programme suggests that this does not require separate lessons.

Cold War, Hot Jets

BBC 2 15th November 2013

Professor David Edgerton, History, was in both episodes of Cold War, Hot Jets (8 and 15 November), the subject of which was jet aviation in the Cold War.

Trapped in a never ending menopause

Daily Mail 14th November 2013

A study by King's College London recently found in a study of 10,000 post-menopausal women that more than half were still experiencing symptoms up to the age of 65. 'We looked at a large number of older post-menopausal women and were surprised to find menopausal symptoms persisted in over half of the women,' says study co-author Professor Myra Hunter from the Institute of Psychiatry. 'They were having hot flushes ten years after their last period.'

Air pollution blights London life

New Scientist 14th November 2013

Professor Frank Kelly, Environmental Research Group, commented on the high levels of pollution in London: ‘The climate-change linked policy of favouring diesel over petrol has really backfired for Europe because of the increased pollution.’ Dr Ian Mudway, ERG, also spoke about the issue as part of research conducted by King’s. He said that the quality of the air in London is not improving as a result of the low emissions zone. Dr Mudway was also interviewed on ITV’s London Tonight.

Business is creating new forms of English

Financial Times 14th November 2013

A feature which looks at the use of the English language in world business quotes Nuha Alharbi, Centre of Language, Discourse and Communication, who found, during her research in a Saudi health insurance company, that senior staff incorporated Arabic words in to their English conversations to each other.

Broaden horizons by studying in the US, urges minister

Daily Telegraph 14th November 2013

Universities minister, David Willets, has urged school leavers to consider continuing their studies in the United States in order to broaden their horizons and create overseas contacts. King’s Liberal Arts degree is mentioned as the minister calls for the numbers of similar courses to grow.

US blocks publication of Chilcot’s Iraq report

Independent 14th November 2013

Washington is playing a lead role in stalling the report in to how Britain went to war with Iraq as officials have refused to sanction the declassification of communication between Bush and Blair. Sir John Chilcot heads an inquiry team of which Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, is also part of.

The best of the MOOCs

The Standard (Hong Kong) 14th November 2013

A review of various Massive Open Online Courses (‘MOOCs’) that are now available, including the UK’s FutureLearn initiative, mentioning King’s: ‘However, one benefit of the British site is that a lot of courses are offered by university departments that are amongst the top specialists in the country, for example, War Studies at King's College London or Forensic Science at the University of Strathclyde.’

Dead generals are not always the best business advisers

Financial Times 13th November 2013

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, War Studies, writes about the military metaphors that exist in business and how many senior business managers may hold up military figures as role models. He comments that: ‘Companies should treat military metaphors with care, especially if they turn every conflict into a pitiless fight to the finish’.

NICE to start work on safe staffing guideline

Nursing Times 13th November 2013

The first government backed guidance for staffing levels in acute adult in-patient wards is expected to be ready by next summer. The news is welcomed but some academics have questioned the tight timetable and asked why work had taken so long to start. Professor Jill Maben, director of the National Nursing Research Unit, said: ‘It is great news that this work is being undertaken, as it is much needed. However, I wonder if the time and money allocated to do this piece of work reflects its importance.’

Katherine Sleeman: Dying people need care, not just care plans

British Medical Journal 13th November 2013

Dr Katherine Sleeman, Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, has written this piece in which she suggests that healthcare professionals should try to move away from care plans and focus on the care they give, rather than simply trying to tick all the right boxes.

If there are Blurred Lines around sexual harassment, let’s clear them up

Guardian 13th November 2013

Recent King’s graduate, Ruth Hardy, is quoted in this piece stating that lad culture is part of the problem which leads to sexual violence and harassment being seen as ‘normal’.

Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef hints at India's hunt for new allies in uncertain Afghan scenario

Times of India 13th November 2013

A piece on Western efforts to reach out to Taliban leaders, mentioning a seminar held at King’s in 2010 that ‘provided a forum for former Pakistani military officers, mediapersons, including some from India, activists and intelligence officials.’

Boost attention span to ensure lifelong success

Times Educational Supplement 12th November 2013

The article considers whether the ability to focus is a better predictor than test scores and mentions research by Prof Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, which finds that as said that genetics could account for up to 70 per cent of a child's cognitive abilities. He says: "It's a fundamental misinterpretation to assume that if genetics is important, there's nothing you can do about it,"

How have attitudes to mental health changed over the past 25 years?

BBC Radio 4 - All in the Mind 12th November 2013

Professor Graham Thornicroft, Institute of Psychiatry, joins a discussion on how attitudes to mental health have changed over the past 25 years to mark the 25th anniversary of All in the Mind.

Unequal society

Times 12th November 2013

Professor Charles Turner FREng, Informatics, comments on the proportion of privately educated people in public life and suggests that they lack the knowledge and skills needed for decision making in the modern world.

Energy price rises

Sky News 12th November 2013

Nick Butler, King’s Policy Institute, comments on rising energy bills and energy company transparency. Mr Butler said: ‘I think they just have very poor ways of explaining to the consumer what they’re doing and why the bills are so high’.

Boost attention span to ensure lifelong success

Times Educational Supplement 12th November 2013

The article considers whether the ability to focus is a better predictor than test scores and mentions research by Professor Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, which finds that as said that genetics could account for up to 70 per cent of a child's cognitive abilities. He says: ‘It's a fundamental misinterpretation to assume that if genetics is important, there's nothing you can do about it,’

Maths teaching has been stuck in a vicious circle to our economy’s detriment

City AM 11th November 2013

A piece written by Professor Alison Wolf, Management, explores the importance of maths education to the modern economy and warns that it should not be neglected by the school system. Professor Wolf says: ‘Politicians seem, finally, to have realised that ignoring maths is neither glamorous nor sensible.’

A post-racial age? Slavery’s legacy still endures

Guardian 11th November 2013

Professor Paul Gilroy, English, writes about the controversy that surround new film, 12 years a slave, and suggests that this means racism remains a potent force and has not faded away. Professor Gilroy said: ‘The particular experience of the slaves is not posed against a universal meaning but infused with it.’

Scholar: China can learn from the social security reform Nordic welfare model

China Radio International 11th November 2013

Dr Magnus Ryner, European & International Studies, spoke to China Radio International on Chinese welfare reform and comparisons with Nordic countries. The story was also reported by Sina.com (Hong Kong), Sina.com (China), China.com, Phoenix TV (Hong Kong), and other online news outlets in China.

Artificial Soul

BBC Radio 4 - Something Understood 10th November 2013

This programme asks whether there is any aspect of humanity that can never be programmed in to a machine. Professor Michael Luck, Dr Sanjay Modgil, Dr Elizabeth Black and Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Informatics, reflect on the possibility of creating artificial emotions, morality and creativity and ask whether there will come a time when it is impossible to tell a machine from its maker.

Roger Williams: at the forefront of hepatology

The Lancet 9th November 2013

A profile of Roger Williams, which notes that he set up the Institute of Liver Studies at King's College London in 1966. He also set up the UK's first liver transplant programme at King's College in 1968.

Iran’s nuclear programme

BBC Radio 5 Live 9th November 2013

Professor Wyn Bowen comments on Iran’s nuclear programme in the wake of discussion in Geneva on the future of the programme. Professor Bowen says: ‘I don’t expect to see a comprehensive deal coming out of any discussions this weekend; we may see an interim deal and then in due course moving towards a more comprenhensive solution within the next 6 to 12 months.’

Where should the line be drawn on spying?

Channel 4 News 7th November 2013

Professor Sir David Omand, War Studies, has commented on the issue of intelligence in the wake of the evidence given by the heads of GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 to parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee. He was interviewed on Channel 4 News about his views on the levels of spying and risks to British security and said: ‘I thought the hearing this afternoon was thoroughly worthwhile both from the point of view of the committee that has to establish its credibility and from the point of view of the witnesses who had the chance to rebut some of the wilder accusations that have been thrown around since the Snowden revelations.’ Professor Sir David Omand was also interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme on this topic and said that Glenn Greenwald was dodging around the issue of public security as, because of the revelations, we know less about those who are a threat to British security. Sir David’s comments were also picked up by the Press Association and BBC News (Online).

Godly and cream

Times Higher Education 7th November 2013

Further reporting of the news that the Revd Professor Richard Burridge is the first non-Catholic to win the Ratzinger prize.

Universities ‘will need more money’, say vice-chancellors

Daily Telegraph 7th November 2013

A partnership which includes work with King’s College London has been mentioned in this piece which reports on warnings from university leaders about funding which has not been boosted by the rise in tuition fees.

‘Jaw dropping’ gene discovery to fight HIV and cancer

Evening Standard 7th November 2013

Scientists have hailed a genetic breakthrough which may be able to treat genetic defects in IVF embryos and help treat HIV and cancer. Professor Peter Braude, Reproductive Medicine, commented that: ‘There is a long way to go in relation to IVF’.

Hundred of Britons fighting in Syria – MI5 chief

Evening Standard 7th November 2013

The Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has been quoted as saying that most British jihadists are in their 20s, university-educated and Muslims of British Pakistani origin in this piece which reports on intelligence that hundred of British Islamists have gone to Syria to fight the war there.

The game was up for the Germans — but Tommy Atkins didn’t know

Evening Standard 7th November 2013

A book written by Dr Nick Lloyd, Defence Studies – ‘Hundred Days: The End of the Great War’ is reviewed: ‘What Lloyd’s book shows is that although few realised it at the time, the game was already up for the Germans.’

Heathrow airlines ranked by noise for first time

BBC News (Online) 6th November 2013

Further coverage of research conducted at King's which found that the risk of stroke and heart disease were increased in areas with high levels of aircraft noise.

50 years after his assassination, what is John F Kennedy's legacy?

Metro 6th November 2013

Dr James Boys, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, talks about JFK's legacy, 50 years after his assassination in 1963. Dr Boys comments that: 'More than any other president, JFK’s judged to a great extent on his promise, as opposed to specific achievements in office, but that shouldn’t undermine either the feeling of euphoria he brought to the presidency or the great achievement of saving the world in the Cuban Missile Crisis’. Dr Boys also discussed JFK's legacy on BBC World News.

BAE jobs loss

BBC Radio 4 - The World Tonight 6th November 2013

Professor Andrew Dorman, Defence Studies, is interviewed about the cutting of shipbuilding jobs by BAE. He says that there is a future for some shipbuilding in the UK.

Question marks over mentoring

Nursing Times 6th November 2013

Researchers from the National Nursing Research Unit at King's College London have asked whether it is time to rethink the role of mentor in nurses' careers.

The culture show 2013/2014

BBC 2 6th November 2013

This episode was based on the book ‘The Love Charm of Bombs’ by Dr Lara Feigal, English, and explores the literary creativity that was found as a result of the bombings suffered by Britain during the blitz.

Blood checks may save lives of unborn babies

Daily Mail 5th November 2013

A new blood test that can show mothers at risk of pre-eclampsia has been developed by researchers at King's College London and could prevent the deaths of hundreds of babies. Dr Lucy Chappell, Women's Health, said: 'The PLGF test will allow us to identify these women who require closer monitoring, giving the right package of care to the right women.' Also reported by Daily Telegraph, Times, BBC Breakfast, BBC London News & Press Association.

MS 'develops faster in black people'

Evening Standard 5th November 2013

A study carried out by the Cicely Saunders Institute at King's found that black Caribbean patients with multiple sclerosis became disabled 'faster' that white

Al Jazeera Newshour - Egypt

Al Jazeera Newshour 4th November 2013

Dr Carool Kersten, A Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, commented live on Al-Jazeera Newshour on the trial of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi and other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

English lit must stay a core subject

Sunday Times 3rd November 2013

Dr Bethan Marshall, Department of Education & Professional Studies, is a signatory on an opinion letter which suggests that the removal of English Literature from the core GCSE curriculum is a bad move and will lead to less students pursuing the subject at A Level or university.

English lit must stay a core subject

Sunday Times 3rd November 2013

Dr Bethan Marshall, Department of Education & Professional Studies, is a signatory on an opinion letter which suggests that the removal of English Literature from the core GCSE curriculum is a bad move and will lead to less students pursuing the subject at A Level or university.

New drug to relieve Parkinson's psychosis

Daily Mail 1st November 2013

A new drug may offer the first safe and effective treatment for psychotic symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease, according to a randomised trial led by scientists at King’s. Professor Clive Ballard, Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, said: ‘A treatment that can safely and effectively reduce these symptoms has the potential to really improve people’s lives.’ Also reported by Daily Telegraph.

King's press release related to 'New drug to relieve Parkinson's psychosis'

Sugary drinks tax 'effective public health measure'

BBC News (Online) 1st November 2013

Professor Tom Sanders, Head of Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, responded to research which suggests that a tax on sugary drinks would reduce obesity in the UK. He said: ‘The cost of sugar-sweetened beverages is currently so low that any price increase would be so marginal that it would be unlikely to affect intake.’ His comments were also reported by Guardian, BBC Radio 5 Live, Press Association and The Times.

Sugary drinks tax 'effective public health measure'

BBC News (Online) 1st November 2013

Researchers in the British Medical Journal have said that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would reduce the number of obese adults in the UK by 180 000 and have a huge impact on the under 30s. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes & Nutritional Sciences, commented that: 'The cost of sugar-sweetened beverages is currently so low that any price increase would be so marginal that it would be unlikely to affect intake' and said that he felt the finding were 'naive'. Also reported by London Evening Standard and Press Association.

Root of maths genius sought

The Psychologist 1st November 2013

Dr Joseph Chilcot, Institute of Psychiatry, received the Early Career Research award from the Division of Health Psychology and is mentioned in this piece.

Staff feel they are ‘unable to handle’ eating disorders

The Psychologist 1st November 2013

The majority of teachers believe that young people can learn more about eating disorders from by reading tabloids and celebrity magazines than they can at school, according to new research from King’s. Researchers said that: ‘Eating disorder prevention and early intervention are key to ensuring successful long-term outcomes. School staff are in an excellent position to facilitate this process.’

HowTheLightGetsIn Philosophy Festival

HowTheLightGetsIn 1st November 2013

Dr Christopher Hamilton, Theology and Religious Studies, has been involved in various debates for the festival.

Euthanasia in Belgium

Daily Mail 31st October 2013

Professor Penney Lewis, Dickson Poon School of Law, comments on potential new euthanasia laws in Belgium, which could give children the right to end their own lives with parental consent. Professor Lewis said: 'People elsewhere in Europe are focused on assisted dying for the terminally ill and they are running away from what's happening in Belgium. If the Belgian statutes go ahead, this will be a key boundary that is crossed.'

Ali Smith on Antigone

BBC Radio 4 31st October 2013

Edith Hall, Professor of Classics, was interviewed about Ali Smith’s latest book, which she says is ‘astonishingly faithful’ to Sophocles’ version of the tragedy ‘Antigone’. Item begins at 34.00.

The Berlin Conference

BBC Radio 4 31st October 2013

Professor Richard Drayton, History, discussed the Berlin Conference of 1884, at which Europe’s leading statesman met to discuss trade and colonial activities in Africa. Professor Drayton said Africa was a ‘critical part’ of the European global trading economy.

Academe assailed

The Times 31st October 2013

In a letter to the Editor, academics from the Department of War Studies – Professors Mervyn Frost, Ned Lebow and Guglielmo Verdirame – argue that British universities are increasingly subject to control and direction by the Government, which is stifling originality and innovation.

Climate panel is ripe for examination

Nature 31st October 2013

Professor Mike Hulme and Dr Martin Mahony, Geography, comment on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and how it should 'recognise itself as a legitimate object for scholarly investigation this time around.'

Durham PCC Ron Hogg backs drug consumption rooms

BBC News (Online) 30th October 2013

Durham PPC, Ron Hogg, has said that drug users should have access to consumption rooms where they can inject prescribed heroin legally following a call from Home Office minister, Norman Baker, to decriminalise hard drugs. A trial conducted at King’s between 2005 and 2011 is mentioned. The trial is also mentioned in the reporting of this by BBC London 94.9. Item begins 01.01.22.

Stiff upper lip 'could make things worse'

The Telegraph 29th October 2013

Maintaining the traditional British stiff upper lip may be bad for your health because suppressing how you feel could lead to depression, scientists claim. Research by Dr Linday Forbes, Institute of Psychiatry, earlier this year suggested that the UK's poor cancer survival rates could be down to our reluctance to see a doctor with symptoms which could be serious, leading to later diagnosis.

Young troops 'at greater PTSD risk'

Express 28th October 2013

Young soldiers from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, a new report claims. research from King's Centre for Military Health in 2010 reported a 4% rate of PTSD within the armed forces, in line with the civilian population which showed a range of 3%-7% of PTSD in the general population and is mentioned in this article.

Young Recruits

BBC Radio 4 (PM) 28th October 2013

Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses whether 16 year olds should be allowed to join the Army. He points to the need for balance and says that many young people gain very valuable skills by joining the Army.

Generational analysis is key to preparing for the future

Guardian 28th October 2013

Bobby Duffy, Managing Director of the Ipsos MORI social research institute and Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social Science & Public Policy, writes about cross-generational sympathy for the tough ride young people currently face and says that inter-generational equity should be key to policy debates over decisions which may make the situation worse for young people.

No to young recruits

BBC Radio 4 - PM 28th October 2013

Young army recruits from poorer backgrounds are thought to be at a high risk from PTSD. Professor Simon Wessely said: 'Some people have been disadvantaged by joining the armed forces too early. But I think what's missing is the other side of the coin, how many other people may well have gained tremendous benefits from structure, self esteeem, pride, gaining and occupation and so on and so forth.' Interview begins at 35.20

The government's healthy eating campaign

BBC Radio 5 Live 26th October 2013

Professor Alan Maryon-Davies said: 'It's good to see that some of the food industry are beginning to reduce this but my worry is it is only a very small part of the food industry that are doing it and also that it's taken quite long time to come to this decision and it's still just a pledge'. Item begins 00.01.22

Candace Pert and Tony Pawson: Honoring 2 Revolutionary Scientists

Huffington Post UK 25th October 2013

In this piece honoring two scientists who have sadly, recently died, King's College London is mentioned as the institution at which Dr Tony Pawson earned his PhD in 1976.

Joining Forces in the Fight for the Right to the City

Huffington Post UK 25th October 2013

Dr Jeff Garmany, Brazil Institute is mentioned as a speaker at the Right to the City event on 07 November.

Honours, awards, appointments

British Dental Journal 25th October 2013

Professor Dianne Rekow, has been awarded the title of honorary visiting professor at Osaka Dental University.

Micro-educational opportunities in outreach clinical dental education

British Dental Journal 25th October 2013

This opinion piece on dental education is co-written by Dr David Radford, Dental Institute, and discusses the values of micro-educational opportunities.

Angela Merkel phone tapping

BBC Radio 4 24th October 2013

Peter Neumann, War Studies, is interviewed by the Today programme about the allegations that the US has been tapping phone calls made by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Professor Neumann said: 'One always assumes that other intelligence services are trying to get whatever information is out there but once you realise and once it gets very very close to the head of government it does become very sensitive.'The item begins at 01.09.07. Professor Neumann also discussed this issue on Sky News.

Tinseltown's shameful alliance

Times Higher Education 24th October 2013

Dr Jennifer Altehenger, History, has reviewed 'The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution'. She said: 'This is a gripping and fluidly written account of the first decade of the people's republic of China'.

The dambuster

Times Higher Education 24th October 2013

This piece explores the turning point in higher education that is the publication of the Report of the Committee appointed by the Prime Minister under the Chairmanship of Lord Robbins, commissioned in 1961, which led the sector on to the path of expansion. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Institute of Contemporary British History, argues that the motive for this was more a political one. He says that this was part of an anxiety to rebut accusations that his government was simply full of aristocrats.

Intellectual fruit of neoliberal seed

Times Higher Education 24th October 2013

Professor Alison Wolf's, Management, view is mentioned in this comment regarding higher education research. Professor Wolf's view is that the real focus should be on supporting non-university education that is sensitive to other forms of talent.

FutureLearn is go but is not quite the finished article

Times Higher Education 24th October 2013

Thie piece explores the progress of the FutureLearn platform and mentions King's College London's 'Causes of War' course which will be run using this platform.

Show and tell: journal's visual cues for following the instructions

Times Higher Education 24th October 2013

In a piece that looks at the Journal of Visual Experiments, King's College London is mentioned as subscribing.

Students have the right to redress, so give them a fair hearing

Times Higher Education 24th October 2013

Dr Daniel Sokol, Centre for Medical Law & Ethics, writes that some appeal panels put complaints at a disadvantage and how he has set up a company to help students challenge academic decisions. He says that academics should not criticise students for exercising their right to appeal decisions.

PM criticises Facebook

BBC Radio 5 Live 23rd October 2013

Dr Jennifer Wild, Institute of Psychiatry, comments on Facebook's decision to allow beheading to be viewed online. She says that continual exposure can have a desensitising effect, and can lead to viewers being more violent.

Whitehall's no place for the GOD delusion

Daily Telegraph 23rd October 2013

In a piece which looks at how who you know is still influential when filling important positions at Whitehall, Sue Cameron mentions research recently conducted at King's College London which has found that government 'tsars' are appointed after little more than a private chat.

School in drive to end stigma of boys studying the arts

Evening Standard London 23rd October 2013

The city of London School for boys has launched a campaign to end the stigma around boys studying arts subjects. Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of the Science Gallery at King's, is mentioned as an expert who will give a speech on collaboration between science and the arts.

Prince George and the royal polling numbers

Huffington Post UK 23rd October 2013

Research conducted by the Huffington Post for King's College London showed the Queen's approval scores running at 90% satisfied and public confidence in the monarchy reached a 20 year high.

£35m boost for cancer imaging sites

Press Association 23rd October 2013

King's College London, in partnership with UCL is one of the recipients of funding for cancer imaging centres.

Neuro Linguistic Programming: Mental health veterans therapy fear

BBC News 22nd October 2013

Professor Neil Greenberg, Institute of Psychiatry, talks about 'neurolinguistic programming' and unregulated therapy for PTSD which a charity have been asked to stop using. He said: "If this group who are not medically qualified and don't know a person's whole treatment history, because they haven't got that, that could cause some real problems, it could be quite dangerous."

An expensive nuclear deal that ignores all the energy alternatives

Financial Times 22nd October 2013

Nick Butler, King's Policy Institute, writes this piece regarding the Hinkley Point reactors. He says that other methods of creating energy have not been properly explored and that the reality is that there are alternatives, making Hinkley Point a very poor deal.

Why there can be a bitter price to pay for having a child genius in the family

Daily Mail 22nd October 2013

Research by Robert Plomin, Institute of Psychiatry, which suggests that intelligence is inherited has been mentioned by this article looking at child geniuses that have come out of less affluent backgrounds.

First human trial of new bone-marrow transplant method

BBC News 22nd October 2013

A pioneering new method of transplanting bone marrow has been used for the first time. It could avoid problems with a shortage of donors as it does not require an exact match. A British child was among the first three children in the world to try the new method. A full report about this has been published by King's College London, Great Ormand Street Hospital and the Institute of Child Health.

Reputations at stake in Gulf links

Financial Times 21st October 2013

An increase in the financial ties between top British, North American and French universities with their regional political allies in the gulf such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates has been the result of funding crises in the West as universities seek to maintain their reputations for academic excellence. However, it would seem that these links are affecting academic research and discussion in controversial areas. Ghanem Nuseibeh, Middle East & Mediterranean Studies, said: 'Foreign universities tend to accept that there are unwritten rules about what can and cannot be said in the context of specific projects.'

Teacher training faces crisis

Independent 21st October 2013

Professor Margaret Brown, Department of Education & Professional Studies, is a signatory on a letter to the editor which states that the Secretary of State should take full responsibility for the emerging crisis in school places and teacher supply as a result of a shortfall in teacher trainees.

Search for dementia cure is fading fast, warns expert

Times 19th October 2013

One of the world's leading neuroscientists has said that progress on treating dementia and mental illness has come to a halt as despite an exponential rise in the number of studies published each year, people suffering from these illnesses are not benefiting. Professor Roger Morris, Head of Biomedical Sciences, agreed with the dismissal of the impact of a lot of current research commenting: 'much work on neurodegeneration is phenomenological because there is no certain relationship between cause and event.'

Campaigners hail breakthrough as air pollution is linked to cancer

Guardian 18th October 2013

Professor David Phillips, Analytical & Environmental Sciences, comments on the IARC report which found that air pollution is linked to cancer. He called for more control over air pollution saying: 'There is clear evidence, stemming from human, experimental and mechanistic studies, that polluted outdoor air is harmful to human health and a major cause of cancer. As the major sources are man-made, much can and should be done to protect the world’s population from exposure, particularly those in urban and industrialised environments. Reductions in emissions will have significant long-term benefits for disease prevention.'

Universities recruiting near miss students

Times 18th October 2013

Universities are increasingly accepting poor and disadvantaged students who miss the a level grades that they were originally offered. A report has been published calling for every secondary school to be classified by how selective it is to be used in the university admissions process. Dr Anna Mountford-Zimdars, King's Learning Institute, was the report's lead author and she said that universities wanted more data to help them identify bright applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Lonely elderly people

BBC Radio 4 - Today 18th October 2013

Following Jeremy Hunt’s urge for society to do more to help old people who are lonely, Professor Anthea Tinker, Gerontology, commented that living with a family that doesn't necessarily mean that older people are less lonely. Professor Tinker's comments were also reported by the Daily Telegraph where she said that Jeremy Hunt's comments that the elderly were better cared for in Asia were not 'helpful' stating: 'In eastern Asia there is great respect and reverence for elderly people but the reality is with one-child families the children are just often not there because they've moved to a city.' Professor Tinker was also interviewed by BBC News about this issue.

India Turns to the East

Business Standard (India) 18th October 2013

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an op-ed on how India has enhanced its presence in East Asia, while Indonesia is taken the lead in bringing India closer to Asean: ‘India's engagement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) now forms the cornerstone of Delhi's 'Look East' policy,’ he said.

Foreign experts advise on initiatives to tackle China's air pollution

Xinhua (China) 18th October 2013

A Chinese media and government delegation met with King’s Environmental Research Group (ERG) last week, to exchange ideas on how to tackle China’s growing air pollution problem. Professor Frank Kelly, ERG, is interviewed in this report. There was further coverage in Sohu (China) and China.com.

Bedside sepsis diagnosis could save thousands

Xinhua (China) 18th October 2013

Researchers at King’s have identified a biomarker – a ‘fingerprint’ – for sepsis in blood, opening the possibility of diagnosing the condition within two hours by screening a patient’s blood at the bedside. Professor Graham Lord, Medicine, said: ‘If our early phase result holds up in a large trial, it could have significant effects in saving thousands of lives and reducing the use of unnecessary antibiotics.’

Foreign Office hoarding 1m historic files in secret archive

Guardian 18th October 2013

A secret archive holding more than a million files which should have already been handed over to the National Archives has been discovered. Professor Richard Drayton, History, said that the size of the archive was staggering and that it was 'scandalous' that papers of such significance could be concealed for such a long time. He said: 'It's a working archive, for a department which believes it has a long-term, historic interest in many parts of the world.' Professor Drayton also wrote a feature piece about this issue in the Guardian.

Challenging homelessness by King's College London Muslim students

Huffington Post UK 18th October 2013

Medical student, Faisel Alam, has written this piece for the Huffington Post about the Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) project which was founded under the guidance of King's College London Islamic Society (ISOC). This project sees volunteers taking time out to visit the elderly, offering food and basic necessities to the homeless or providing sick children with gifts to cheer them up.

A German Europe? A union disunited

Al Jazeera (English) 18th October 2013

Professor Christoph Meyer, European & International Studies, spoke to Al Jazeera’s Empire on the future for the European Union. ‘There is currently no mechanism for channelling political leadership,’ he said.

2 hour test to detect killer blood poisoning

BBC News 17th October 2013

Research conducted at King's College London, alongside Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has found a biomarker in the blood which indicates sepsis. This can diagnose sepsis within two hours. This was reported by Daily Mail, Times, ITV, the Sun, BBC World News, Press Association, Mirror and Daily Mail.

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University ties with industry offer mutually assured development

Financial Times 17th October 2013

King's College London is mentioned in this piece looking at access to intellectual property as joining the easy access IP scheme under the responsibility of Dr Alison Campbell.

Research partnership investment fund

Times Higher Education 17th October 2013

The money contributed King's College London's new cancer centre is mentioned in Times Higher Education news in brief.

Ada Lovelace Day

BBC Radio 4 - Women's Hour 16th October 2013

Emma Palmer, PhD student at the Institute of Psychiatry, joins a discussion about women in science to mark Ada Lovelace day. She talks about the recent Wikipedia edit-a-thon where she created an entry for Prof Janet Treasure in the Eating Disorders Section at the IoP (Begins at 08.07)

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Pathway does not improve care for dying, study finds

Daily Telegraph 16th October 2013

But ministers announced this summer that the LCP would be phased out after an independent review uncovered evidence of abuse, including patients being unnecessarily sedated and denied food and water. A new study advises that 'any future scheme aimed at replacing the LCP in England should be grounded in scientific evidence and tested in trials before being implemented.' Professor Irene Higginson, Health & Social Care Research, said: 'We must face this challenge head-on and ensure scientific evidence forms the foundations for any new initiative if end-of-life care is to be genuinely improved for patients and their families in England.' This was also reported by the Times and the Daily Mail.

Chinese energy price will be 'too high' for UK consumer

BBC News 16th October 2013

Nick Butler, King's Policy Institute, comments that the deal between George Osborne and a state owned Chinese company to build power stations in the UK is already pretty much completed. He said that: 'The price of energy will be set and will be "too high for the UK consumer.' Nick Butler was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Carol Icahn and Daniel Loeb can't be shut out

Financial Times 15th October 2013

Dr Dionysia Katelouzou, Law, has been mentioned in this piece in the Financial Times as identifying 3 categories of activism in her research ranging from gentle to aggressive. Her conclusion is very similar to that of an earlier paper about the US: many assumptions about hedge fund activists are myths.

Code of practice call over government 'tsars'

BBC News 15th October 2013

Research conducted at King's College London has prompted a new code of practice to be launched to improve the way that 'tsars' are appointed. Ruth Levitt, Political Economy, said: 'The new code of practice is designed to safeguard the public interest and the public purse by encouraging debate about how ministers obtain and use external expertise.' This was also reported by the Independent, London Evening Standard, Guardian,Independent, and Press Association.

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Straving thousands escape 10 month Damascus seige

Times 15th October 2013

Thousands of beseiged Syrians emerged yesterday after escaping from a town near Damascus. There is growing fear that terrorists now have access to biological weapons. Dr Susan Martin, War Studies, said that turning biological research in to germ warfare was difficult as weaponisation is one of the most difficult stages of developing biological weapons.

'Wicked' critics of GM crops blamed for children's deaths

Times 15th October 2013

Leading scientists have welcomed an attack by the Environment Secretary on the opponents of GM crops and have blamed them for the malnutrition and death of children around the world. Professor Tom Sanders, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences, said: 'Unfounded scare stories by well fed people living in developed countries suggesting genetically modified rice might be harmful help nobody.'

Grow your own...

Daily Mail 15th October 2013

Professor Paul Sharpe, Dental Institute, is working on bioengineered teeth made from a patients gum cells which may be able to replace traditional dentures or tooth implants.

Terror threat to the UK

BBC Radio 4 PM 15th October 2013

The Home Secretary has warned that there is a security threat from British residents who have gone to fight in Syria. Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, said: 'Syria seems to dominate the global jihadi mind, it is the premier location in the world to fight jihad today.' Interview starts 40.40. Shiraz has also commented on this issue for the BBC News website and BBC World Service Radio.

Dame Kelly: Eat your greens

Evening Standard 15th October 2013

Double Olympic gold winner, Dame Kelly Holmes, is backing a new project to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables. Nutrition and diet experts at King's College London partner on the project.

One hospital in 3 is going abroad in hunt for new nurses

Daily Mail 14th October 2013

Further coverage of research which involved King's, and found that staffing levels in hospitals are too low and nurses are being sourced from abroad.

Politics means industry is not being allowed to do what it does best

Financial Times 14th October 2013

Nick Butler, King's Policy Institute, has written this opinion piece about how the energy sector finds itself in the midst of at least 3 political debates.

Are you benefiting from beautynomics?

Evening Standard 14th October 2013

This piece explores the self fulfilling prophecy which finds that 'beautiful people' are more likely to be offered opportunities because it is expected that they will be successful.

Cancer cost European Union countries 'billions'

BBC News 14th October 2013

Cancer costs countries in the European Union 126bn euro (£107bn) a year, according to the first EU-wide analysis of the economic impact of the disease, conducted by King's College London and the University of Oxford. Professor Richard Sullivan, King's Centre for Global Health, said: "It is vital that decision-makers across Europe use this information to identify and prioritise key areas.

Staff must be supported to put patient care first

Health Service Journal 14th October 2013

Professor Jill Maben, Nursing & Midwifery, discusses work conducted at King's College London in to staff wellbeing in the workplace. She said: 'Really relating to patients takes courage, humility and compassion on the part of staff. It also requires recognition, reinforcement and support from colleagues and managers. Rounds help organisations to deliver tiiose values that cannot be taken for granted in a staff group that is asked to go the extra mile at work every day.'

The lessons our schools must learn

Sunday Times 13th October 2013

This piece looks at what UK schools can learn from the education systems of other countries, following the OECD report. Professor Alison Wolf is quoted and also suggests that the UK school leaving age should be raised and she said: 'What this survey shows is that we have walked away from teaching maths and English, even though they are the most important skills you can have in the modern workplace.

The ethics of animal tests: inside the lab where marmosets are given Parkinson's

Observer 13th October 2013

This piece explores the controversial issue of animal testing with a focus on the facilities at King's College London. It mentions that whilst animal research is still very much a contentious issue, the animals at King's are well cared for and by using them, drugs have been developed that have significantly improved the quality of life for Parkinson's sufferers. Professor Roger Morris, Biomedical Sciences, said: 'About 80% of all drugs for Parkinson's have been developed and tested using marmosets from this laboratory. Of all species, only they provide a reliable model of the disease in humans.' A reaction to this from a reader was published in the Observer the following week.

Alzheimer's breakthrough hailed as 'turning point'

BBC Brasil 13th October 2013

Further coverage of comments from Professor Roger Morris, Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, on a new breakthrough in Alzheimer's research. Professor Morris said: 'This finding, I suspect, will be judged by history as a turning point in the search for medicines to control and prevent Alzheimer's disease.' His comments also appeared in Globo (Brazil), Terra.com (Brazil).

Iran - India relations will remain constrained in the near future

The National (UAE) 13th October 2013

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes about the ‘diplomatic dance’ between Iran and the United States, with the rest of the world is keen to work out the implications of a possible rapprochement between Tehran and Washington: ‘One of the countries that is looking very closely at the possible realignment is India,’ he said.

Wonder drugs cut toll of strokes by 40%

Daily Mail 12th October 2013

Research by King's College London, which has found that the overall rate of strokes in the UK has decreased by 40%, has been mentioned in this piece looking at the use of drugs to reduce the risk of stroke. This was also reported by Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Press Association, Mirror and London Evening Standard. This research was also reported by the Daily Mail in a piece about soaring rates of strokes in the under 64s.

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Curved soles 'no better' than trainers for back pain

BBC News (Online) 12th October 2013

Further coverage of the research, conducted by King's, which found that 'rocker' sole shoes, sold to alleviate lower back pain, do not actually have any benefits for sufferers. This has also been recently reported by the Daily Telegraph, Times and Daily Mirror.

Ugly duckling with swan ambition

Financial Times 12th October 2013

This piece which looks at the regeneration of Canada Water mentions possible plans to expand King's College London campus and accommodation facilities.

All or nothing? What's the point of theories of everything?

New Scientist 12th October 2013

Professor John Ellis FRS, Physics, said: '"I regard string theory as the only serious candidate for being a framework for a theory of everything.' in this piece which looks at the theories united by their attempt to unify our understanding of everything under one banner.

Snowden leaks 'worst blow to British intelligence ever'

Times 11th October 2013

Professor Sir David Omand, War Studies, has commented on the theft and leak of tens of thousands of top secret files by the former CIA employee, Edward Snowden. This piece explores the leaks as being the worst blow to British intelligence and Sir David said that British officials assumed the material taken by Snowden was now being analysed by Russian and Chinese spy agencies.

'Display staffing levels to show importance placed on safe care'

Nursing Times 11th October 2013

In this 'comment' made by the Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT) about safe staffing levels in hospitals and whether these levels should be displayed, King's College London is mentioned as the research basis upon which the recommendations were made.

Nobel prize controversy, award goes to chemical weapons watchdog

Detroit Free Press 11th October 2013

Article on the award of the Nobel Peace Prize 2013 to the OPCW, a chemical weapons watchdog. Paul Schulte, Defence Studies, is quoted: ‘It's motivational rather than for what the organization has already achieved in Syria. It's a good thing, I think, because it will improve its legitimacy and standing in the world. But the OPCW has not yet faced a major test.’ Mr Schulte’s quote also appeared in Xinhua (China) and Sohu (China).

Restore PMO's authority

New Indian Express 11th October 2013

Dr Harsh Pant, Defence Studies, writes an op-ed on the relationship between India’s Congress and the Prime Minister’s Office, following Rahul Ghandi’s much publicised outburst to the PM.

Nigeria attack

Sky News 11th October 2013

Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens, War Studies, is interviewed again on the Al-Shabab attack in Nairobi, Kenya.

Not often and early but rarely and late

Huffington Post UK 10th October 2013

Professor Alison Wolf, Management, discusses the trend for professional women in the UK to have children later in their lives. She also quotes Professor Peter Braude who said that the likelihood of successful pregnancy decreases significantly with age and, even though the information is available for women: 'people don't want to hear that, they really don't.'

Toddler brain scan gives language insight

BBC News 10th October 2013

Research by the Institute of Psychiatry reveals how the 'wiring' in toddlers' brains develops to successfully learn language. The study suggests that the brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four. Dr Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh, who led the study, said: "Since our work seems to indicate that brain circuits associated with language are more flexible before the age of four, early intervention for children with delayed language attainment should be initiated before this critical age. This may be relevant to many developmental disorders, such as autism, since delayed language is a common early trait."

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Does a mum-to-be's junk food lower baby's IQ?

Daily Mail 10th October 2013

Research by the Institute of Psychiatry suggests that depression and poor diet during pregnancy 'can affect child cognitive function'. Dr Edward Barker, lead author of the study, says: ‘During pregnancy, the diet of the mother directly influences the nutritional environment of the foetus, which presumably will affect the development of the foetal nervous system including the brain.’

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Depression risk 'starts in the womb'

BBC News 10th October 2013

New research suggests children whose mothers are depressed during pregnancy have a small increased risk of depression in adulthood. Prof Carmine Pariante, Institute of Psychiatry, comments: "The message is clear - helping women who are depressed in pregnancy will not only alleviate their suffering but also the suffering of the next generation." Also reported by the Guardian, the Daily Mail.

Can you train your brain to make better decisions?

CNN News 10th October 2013

Dr Tamara Russell, Institute of Psychiatry, discusses how mindfullness training could help people make better decisions. She says: "The term mindfulness refers to a particular state of mind, one that is alert, aware and fully present to what is unfolding on a moment by moment basis in the mental and physical landscape."

Alzheimer's breakthrough hailed as 'turning point'

BBC News 10th October 2013

Comments from Professor Roger Morris, Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, have been reported widely by the media regarding a new breakthrough in Alzheimer's research. Professor Morris said: 'This finding, I suspect, will be judged by history as a turning point in the search for medicines to control and prevent Alzheimer's disease.' This was also reported by the Times, Telegraph, Mirror, Independent, Press Association, Guardian, Express, BBC Radio 4, Huffington Post (UK), ITV News, London Evening Standard and Sky News.

Men get anxiety about the size of their manhood REGARDLESS of how they measure up

Daily Mail 10th October 2013

Ongoing research by Dr David Veale, Institute of Psychiatry, suggests that a man’s level of anxiety about his penis size does not correlate to its size. Dr Veale believes that the level of a man’s penis size anxiety is more likely to be determined by their experiences than by their actual size. Also reported in the Huffington Post and Yahoo UK

Call for body image lessons in UK schools

BBC News 10th October 2013

Research from the Institute of Psychiatry suggests that the self-esteem of teenage girls could be improved by training teachers to deliver classes in body image. Dr Helen Sharpe says: "We're hopeful that as we continue with this research we'll be able to make the programme even more effective and that it could then go on to be effective in reducing disordered eating - things like binge eating and unhelpful weight loss."

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The dangers for students addicted to brain Viagra: Drugs claimed to boost your intellect are sweeping universities - but at what cost?

Daily Mail 10th October 2013

This piece investigates increasing numbers of students who are turning to cognitive enhancing drugs, such a Modafinil, to get them through their studies. Professor Ilina Singh, Social Science, Health & Medicine, commented on the figures, saying that there is very little reliable evidence about Modafinil use in the UK, but suggested that probably ‘around 10 per cent’ of students have used it at least once.

Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

Times Higher Education 10th October 2013

As part of the Inside Out Festival 2013, the facade of the King's College London Strand campus will be transforming itself in an artwork called 'bending light' by Dan Shorten of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Professor Mary Margaret McCabe, Philosophy, is also mentioned in this piece as she is one of three King's philosophers who will be contributing in a series of salons. There is also an event at the King's College London Chapel on October 24th exploring the narratives surrounding the Middle East.

A thoroughly decent life

Times Higher Education 10th October 2013

Professor Pat Thane, Institute of Contemporary British History, reviews 'Working Lives: Gender, Migration and Employment in Britain', 1945- 2007, by Linda McDowell.

UK undergraduate doctors may be unprepared to manage pain - one of the most common problems they will encounter in clinical practice, expert group warns

Press Association 10th October 2013

A Europe wide study has revealed a lack of compulsory modules for pain within UK medical schools. Dr Emma Briggs, Nursing & Midwifery said: 'It is essential that the provision of undergraduate pain education across the UK is fit for purpose to address the current and growing unmet public health need.'

Mummified head thought to belong to King Henry IV of France has NO royal link at all, claims geneticist

Daily Mail 10th October 2013

The ancestory of a mummified head, centuries old, which has been believed to be that of King Henri the IV of France and was removed during the French Revolution is being questioned by a new study which reveals that DNA does not match that of the King's ancestors. Professor Michael Rowe commented on the historical context and said there wasn't much evidence one way or the other to suggest what happened to Henry's head, but added the king's reputation as one of France's best kings might have saved his body from decapitation.

King's student wins Urban Photographer of the Year

Mirror 10th October 2013

A student competition run in parallel to the main competition was won by King's student, Tom Pepper, with his picture 'Waiting for a Train' depicting the New York subway. Tom was also mentioned in the Times and Huffington Post (UK) coverage of the competition winners.

Stanford's Nobel Chemistry prize honours computer science

San Jose Mercury News 10th October 2013

Further coverage of the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry to Professor Michael Levitt, who studied physics at King’s, graduating with a BSc in 1967.

Peter Higgs Awarded Nobel Prize for Physics

ABC (Australia) from AFP 10th October 2013

Further coverage of the award of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics to Fellow and Honorary Doctor Professor Peter Higgs, who received his PhD from King’s in 1954. The King’s connection was reported by ABC News (Australia), EFE (Spain), Correio Braziliense, Yahoo (Hong Kong), France 24, China.com, Sina.com, Sohu.com, Xinhua, South China Morning Post (Chinese), DNA (India), NDTV (India),Times of India, New Indian Express, Hindustan Times (India) and the San Francisco Chronicle.