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Harvard stem cell breakthrough – dawn of a new era or false hope?

Earlier this month diabetes made the news bulletins in dramatic style, with Radio 4’s agenda-setting Today Programme going ‘big’ on the story and The Times’ front-page proclaiming “Diabetes: a cure at last”.

It was in response to the breakthrough announcement that a JDRF-funded team at Harvard University had created human insulin-producing beta cells in the kind of massive quantities needed for cell transplantation and pharmaceutical purposes, paving the way for revolutionary treatments for Type 1 diabetes

Two weeks on from the “giant leap forward”, we have asked leading experts and organisations from the diabetes community to go behind the sensational headlines and, now the dust has settled, explore what it really means. To read more, click here.

Awards showcase good practice in diabetes care

Excellence in diabetes care was recognised last week in the Quality in Care (QiC) Diabetes awards.

QiC Diabetes recognises, rewards and shares good practice in diabetes management, education and patient care. Finalists from across the country attended the award ceremony at Sanofi’s UK headquarters in Guildford for the fourth annual QiC. To read more, click here.

Ninjabetic – living with diabetes

This week I was asked: “What’s it like to have diabetes?” I wasn’t expecting it. I was caught off guard and I stumbled over my answer a little, but I gave it as well as I could.

It was a doctor who had asked me but he wasn’t one of wasn’t my doctors. No, this was a doctor who worked on the ward where I’m on placement. He didn’t know me, have any relationship with me or my diabetes, nor did he specialise in the condition, yet he was the first person to ever ask me this. To read more, click here.

'Attitude shift' says report

Cultural attitudes amongst the South Asian community towards diabetes are changing for the better, according to a report presented to the House of Lords this week.

The work by South Asian Health Foundation (SAHF) highlights that misunderstanding of diabetes in the South Asian community can be addressed by culturally-appropriate education programmes. To read more, click here.