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Although over 60,000 adults in the UK have cirrhosis of the liver, nearly 75% are not aware of it, according to research published in the Lancet. For many, the first indication is following admission to A&E when the disease is very advanced and the chance of survival is very low. The British Liver Trust has launched a new version of an online screening tool so that people can find out if they are at risk.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has released an online course exploring low glycaemic-index (GI) diets in type 2 diabetes. The 30-minute e-learning module ‘Type 2 Diabetes – a Low GI Approach’ is aimed at GPs, practice nurses, diabetes specialists nurses and other healthcare professionals working in primary care interested in helping people living with type 2 diabetes.
The treatment approach to type 2 diabetes should begin with an assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) status, other comorbidities, and patient preferences, according to a draft of the upcoming 2018 joint consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). A preview of the draft document was presented in a symposium at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2018 Scientific Sessions.
Healthcare professionals in England are being encouraged to refer people with diabetes who have severe insulin resistance and/or lipodystrophy to a specialist service based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge England that does not charge for referrals.
A new edition of the ‘End of Life Diabetes Care: Clinical Care Recommendations’ has been published recently. This is the third edition of the clinical recommendations commissioned by Diabetes UK that are designed to guide clinicians to delivering the best possible care for people with diabetes at the end of their life.
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has launched new guidelines on syncope (the transient loss of consciousness caused by reduced blood flow to the brain). Syncope is very common with approximately 50% of people having at least one syncopal event during their lifetime. The challenge for doctors is to identify the minority of patients whose syncope is caused by a potentially deadly heart problem.
A new wound care system using nitric oxide has been shown to heal diabetic foot ulcers faster and more effectively than standard care in UK treatment centres.