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Smoking and air pollution increases childhood obesity risk

10th July 2020

Air pollution, smoking and high population density could be contributing factors to obesity among children, researchers have said. In the last 45 years, obesity rates have tripled so a global team wanted to investigate how…

Charity urges Government to step in and protect those with diabetes

9th July 2020

Diabetes UK’s Chief Executive Chris Askew said a letter signed by more than 12,000 people is calling for the Government to support clinically vulnerable people at work.  The organisation wants more robust protections and safety…

Researchers keep pancreatic donor cells alive to aid future diabetes treatments

8th July 2020

Researchers have figured out how to keep samples of the pancreas alive long enough to understand a bit more about how beta cells work. The US team say this process will help them to gain more…

COVID-19 associated condition impacts children and teenagers

7th July 2020

A life-threatening syndrome associated with COVID-19 that affects children and teenagers has been identified. Initial research into Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) has found it tends to develop between two to four weeks after…

Fatty liver disease increases the risk of COVID-19 severity

6th July 2020

People with fatty liver disease are more than twice as likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, researchers have said. The study, carried out by teams from UK BioBank and a diagnostic imaging company called…

Metformin found to reduce female death rates among those with COVID-19

5th July 2020

Metformin could help reduce mortality rates among women with type 2 diabetes who are admitted to hospital with COVID-19, researchers have said. The drug is commonly given to people with type 2 diabetes who have…

Obesity raises dementia risk in women by 31%

4th July 2020

Obesity in women increases their chances of developing dementia in their 50s, researchers have said. A team from the University College London (UCL) has been investigating what impact being overweight has on the brain. In…

Gout treatment ‘not effective on diabetes related kidney disease’

3rd July 2020

A drug which researchers thought might help slow the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is not as effective as they had hoped. The promising drug, Allopurinol, is usually prescribed to treat gout, an inflammatory…

Bespoke 3D insoles could significantly improve diabetes foot health

2nd July 2020

Newly developed 3D printed insoles could be the answer to preventing foot ulcers among people with diabetes, researchers have said. A team from Staffordshire University has carried out a study on the product and found…

8-year-olds found to show signs of ‘adult type 2 diabetes’

1st July 2020

Children as young as eight are showing signs they could be susceptible to developing type 2 diabetes in later life, researchers have said. More then 4,000 children have been monitored for the study, which involved…

America spent more than $1bn on sugary drink adverts in 2018

30th June 2020

More than $1bn was spent on advertising sugary drinks and energy beverages in America back in 2018, a new report has shown. The Sugary Drinks FACTS 2020 documents that spending on advertising these unhealthy drinks…

PM announces more measures to end ‘long national hibernation’

29th June 2020

Lockdown measures are continuing to ease up with restaurants, pubs and cafes in England being given the go ahead to open from July 4. However, all hospitality businesses must adhere to safety guidelines which include…

Loneliness can make ‘giving up smoking harder’

29th June 2020

Another link has been found between prolonged bouts of loneliness and smoking, researchers have said. Genetic and survey data from hundreds of thousands of people were used to generate the study findings produced by a…

Risk of COVID-19 death is greater among South Asian population

26th June 2020

The risk of dying from COVID-19 in hospital is much higher among the South Asian population and it is partly due to high levels of diabetes, researchers have said. The study, which involved 30,693 people…

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