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Diabetes UK is looking for nurses to take part in its Clinical Champions programme and lead improvements in diabetes care. The award-winning initiative launched in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, to address the significant variation in patient care and treatment for people living with diabetes in the UK.
A new simple device has been designed to improve venous blood flow of people when seated and to help in the prevention, care and treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The RBR legﬂow™ was created with the input of Professor Richard Beasley, director of the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) and a world authority on respiratory medicine.
NICE produces a regular series of short audio presentations online for healthcare professionals and the general public. One of the most recent uploads has been on chronic heart failure and features Nick Hartshorne-Evans from the heart failure charity Pumping Marvellous and Dr Clare Taylor explaining NICE’s most recent recommendations on heart failure.
Leading clinicians and researchers in the USA have proposed a new model for the development of type 2 diabetes which they call ‘Dysglycaemia-based chronic disease’ or DBCD. The four stages of type 2 diabetes have been presented in a recent position statement by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the American College of Endocrinology.
The Royal College of Physicians is calling for obesity to urgently be recognised as a disease by government and the broader health sector, and warning that until this happens its prevalence is unlikely to be reduced. According to Public Health England, in 2015 63% of adults were classed as being overweight or obese. In 2015 to 2016, 19.8% of children aged 10 to 11 were obese and a further 14.3% were overweight.
A new European position paper recommends that patients with type 2 diabetes should be prescribed physical activity to control blood sugar and improve heart health. The position paper from the European Association of Preventive Cardiology provides practical recommendations on how to motivate patients to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine, set achievable and measurable goals, and design individualised exercise training programmes.
The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has launched an App providing research-based information about the safety and effectiveness of herbal products. HerbList™ provides rigorously researched scientific information to provide consumers and health care practitioners with unbiased information to make informed decisions about supplement use.
The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have produced an updated consensus statement on how to manage hyperglycaemia in people with type 2 diabetes.