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NICE updates type 2 diabetes guidance

Changes have been made to the guidance of type 2 diabetes management by the National Institute of Care and Excellence (NICE).

The organisation has added text on sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors to the section on initial drug treatment. The algorithm for blood glucose lowering therapy in adults with type 2 diabetes has also been revised to allow for a  footnote with links to relevant NICE guidance on SGLT-2 inhibitors.

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Education lacking in diabetes-related gum disease

A national survey has highlighted a lack of education in gum disease relating to diabetes.

The British Society of Periodontology (BSP) and Diabetes.co.uk have teamed up to publish a report into oral health, as part of an annual drive to raise awareness of gum disease among health professionals and the public.

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Report highlights excellence in commissioning diabetes care

A paper highlighting excellence in commissioning diabetes care has been released by a national body representing clinical commissioning groups.

The NHS Clinical Commissioners’ report was based on a roundtable event held in March 2017 and subsequent conversations with commissioners working at other clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). To read more, click here

New diabetes research centre opens in Newcastle

A pioneering diabetes research centre which will focus on islet cell transplantation has opened in Newcastle.

The Newcastle Isolation and Innovation Hub is a laboratory based at Newcastle University and the team there will be focusing their energies on testing new drugs for people with type 1 diabetes.

James Shaw, professor of regenerative medicine for diabetes at Newcastle University and honorary consultant physician at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who is leading the Hub, said: “We hope that the research we are doing will one day mean that eventually insulin won’t be required for any type of diabetes."

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The Big Interview – Professor Ian Needleman

Ian Needleman is Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Evidence-based Healthcare at University College London (UCL) Eastman Dental Institute. He is also the president of the British Society of Periodontology and through his involvement with the organisation he is spearheading the annual Gum Health Awareness campaign which starts on Friday, May 12.

Here, he tells The Diabetes Times about the links between diabetes and gum disease and what they are doing to help increase awareness.

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