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UK universities slipping down league table

A number of the UK's leading universities are sliding down international rankings, jeopardising their reputations as some of the best places in the world to study for a degree, according to research.

The UK has 10 entrants in the Times Higher World Reputation Rankings this year, up one from 2013, but down from three years ago when there were 12 in the top 100.

Besides Oxford and Cambridge, these were Imperial College London (13th), the London School of Economics (24th), University College London (25th) and King's College London (43rd), as well as the London Business School and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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New form of IVF pioneered in London

A new, more natural IVF treatment offering hope for women at risk of life-threatening complications from traditional fertility treatments has been pioneered at London's Hammersmith Hospital.

The study, conducted in conjunction with Imperial College London, tested the use of a naturally occurring hormone, kisspeptin, to induce egg development.

This allows women to avoid the use of traditional IVF drugs which can trigger a serious condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome.

The women most at risk are those with polycystic ovary syndrome.

The study proved that kisspeptin can be successfully used in IVF treatment, with the first baby, a healthy boy, being born in April.

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