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Hypo Awareness Week

Diabetes hospital teams are being invited to take part in Hypo Awareness Week 2014.

The aim of the week, which runs from September 29 to October 5, is to raise awareness of hypoglycaemia in the inpatient setting to help hospital staff recognise and treat symptoms and refer patients to appropriate care teams.

The week will work in very much the same way as in previous years – an online resource pack will be made available to participating sites, containing all of the resources needed to stage awareness events and campaigns in your hospital. There will also be a webinar to help encourage the spread of good practice.

To read more, click here.

Glucose monitoring lens moves a step closer

Novartis has signed a deal with Google to development the internet giant’s contact lens aimed at measuring blood sugar.

The technology, first previewed in January, uses tiny sensors to record glucose readings and then transfers the data via a wireless chip.

The pharmaceutical firm has now joined the project, announcing that its eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google Inc. to in-license its ‘smart lens’ technology for all ocular medical uses.

To read more, click here.

Diabetes nurses to celebrate ten years at conference

Diabetes nurses will be celebrating their group’s 10th anniversary when they come together in the autumn.

The Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse (DISN) UK Group’s annual conference takes place on October 1 at Novotel London City South.

Chair Esther Walden, Diabetes Inpatient Specialist Nurse, said: “The Annual DISN conference has now been organised.  This is our 10th year so we are feeling particularly celebratory this year.”

Admission costs £20 but places are limited so people are urged to apply as soon as possible to guarantee attendance.

To apply down this registration form and email it to Caroline Stevens. To view the agenda, click here.

Doctors sceptical over NICE weight loss surgery move

Doctors are sceptical over plans by NICE to make an extra 850,000 people eligible for bariatric surgery and believe the move to tackle Type 2 diabetes is an “easy way out”, according to a study.

Earlier this month the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) proposed lowering the threshold for the obesity-busting procedure for newly-diagnosed Type 2 diabetes to a BMI of 30, down from 35.

The reaction on Twitter saw almost 80 per cent of social media commentators express negative views in response to the news, according to research conducted by the website Healthcare Professional Digital Opinion Leaders.

The analysis, which studied 46 tweets, found healthcare professionals were immediately concerned over the financial burden on the NHS of offering weight loss surgery to more patients, instead calling for an emphasis on lifestyle changes.