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Thursday 6th November 2014

Weight loss surgery: a cure for the type 2 diabetes epidemic?

Description
A study published on Monday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal reports that weight loss surgery, such as the fitting of a gastric band, can reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 80%. This confirms findings from a previous study conducted in Sweden but expands what we know about the effectiveness of the various types of surgical procedures used in the UK. The study highlights the possibility of using obesity surgery as a means of preventing type 2 diabetes in those who are at highest risk of the disease – a possibility that has attracted a great deal of media attention and controversy.
Date:
Thursday 6th November 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences
Thursday 16th October 2014

Patient-reported outcomes: the heart of healthcare research?

Description
The moment a patient is recruited to participate in a clinical trial, we start to collect data. Much of this data derives from the information that only patients can give, that we cannot acquire through any test or scan. Are they experiencing pain? What are the side effects? These important insights are captured in a trial using PROs (patient-reported outcomes).
Date:
Thursday 16th October 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 4th September 2014

The modern Prometheus

Description
Let me suggest an image to you: the image of the 'mad scientist'.
Date:
Thursday 4th September 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 7th August 2014
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