Yesterday was a long and full-on day with lectures starting at 8am and the final seminar finishing at 8pm, although I must admit to a bit of retail therapy over lunch! I’m finding some of the stuff a bit hair … Continue reading

Our Clinical Director Linda Goldie is in San Diego at the moment attending the 71st Scientific Sessions, organised by the American Diabetes Association. Here’s what she said about her first day: Having arrived at Heathrow check-in at 7am yesterday morning … Continue reading

In a meta-analytical study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Priess D et al 2011) and reported in today’s Daily Telegraph, the authors find that for every 500 people taking high-dose statins, one extra person develops diabetes. However, … Continue reading

Time was when only truly momentous trials such as DCCT were described as landmark.  Now the term has become debased to the point where even the meanest little effort is described as “landmark” by its authors or sponsors.  But I … Continue reading

The 2011-2012 General Medical Services (GMS) Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) indicators and guidelines have been finally published only four months into 2011. Previously, we have tried to present the document in an easier way for users to follow. These … Continue reading

An article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), reported in today’s press, has suggested that calcium supplements, which many people take in the hope of avoiding osteoporosis, may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The initial findings were … Continue reading

You can now find the full listing of nGMS QOF criteria in the resources section of our website. It’s available as a pdf file to download, free!

“Researchers in Norfolk are beginning a £2m project to screen 10,000 people who are at high risk of type 2 diabetes. Some people whose blood sugar shows they are at a “pre-diabetes” stage will be assigned mentors – patients who … Continue reading

Barely a week goes by without another important discovery being made by our scientists.  Most recently, a protein in the liver called LXR (Liver X Receptor) has been investigated.  As well as regulating cholesterol, it has also been found to … Continue reading

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and NHS Diabetes recently published a report aiming to improve the diagnosis, classification and coding of diabetes. Of course, this lead to the usual scare headlines in the press, such as 100,000 ‘received … Continue reading

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