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Thursday 26th November 2015

Is it sufficient to simply "recommend" exercise as part of type 2 diabetes treatment?

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Current exercise guidelines for type 2 diabetes patients offer no recommendations regarding goals for increasing fitness levels and are identical to recommendations given to all adults. Our current knowledge as to how to optimise the effect of exercise as part of an effective treatment approach for type 2 diabetes patients is sadly lacking. It is becoming increasingly clear that an individualised approach is necessary, but the only way to develop an evidence-based individualised approach is for further large-scale, randomised controlled trials to be conducted.
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Thursday 26th November 2015
Thursday 19th November 2015

We need a warm winter, and a focus on doing 'cold' smarter

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As we come to the end of the comprehensive spending review (CSR) and the priorities for the next spending period are set, those for energy remain clear.
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Thursday 19th November 2015
Thursday 12th November 2015

Life Sciences at Birmingham: Delivering the Full Circle of Translational Medicine

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The Life Sciences sector is a powerhouse of the UK economy, with an annual turnover of over £50bn. Some 4,500 pharmaceutical, medical biotechnology and medical technology companies employ 165,000 staff. Properly nurtured and developed, the sector will continue to drive economic growth, attract investment in research, and make crucial strides towards addressing some of the biggest challenges facing society today.
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Thursday 12th November 2015
Thursday 5th November 2015

"Them and Us" no longer: mental health concerns us all

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Three days ago, a new campaign to increase funding for mental health services was announced, and received the backing of several public figures, including politicians, comedians, actors, and sportspeople who have experienced mental health issues in one form or another. The campaign, equality4mentalhealth, was launched by MPs Norman Lamb, Alastair Campbell, and Andrew Mitchell.
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Thursday 5th November 2015
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