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Science Media Centre

an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines

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Zika virus is moving through Central and South America and the SMC has been providing journalists with information and expert comment as the situation develops

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The Science Media Centre provides journalists with what they need in the timeframe they need it, from interviews with leading experts to timely press briefings on topical issues.

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As well as providing advice and support to scientists already engaging with the media, the Science Media Centre runs events to introduce experts to what that involves.

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expert reaction to statement on surgical intervention in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

Published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association, the new guidelines recommend that surgery be considered a standard option for appropriate candidates with type 2 diabetes, including in mildly obese people, and they call for health care regulators to introduce appropriate reimbursement policies. To date, the DSS-II guidelines have been formally endorsed by 45 worldwide medical and scientific societies. read more

type 2 diabetes becomes an operable disease

A Joint Statement by leading diabetes organizations including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Diabetes UK, International Diabetes Federation (IDF), Chinese Diabetes Society and Diabetes India and endorsed by 45 worldwide scientific societies, formally recognize surgery as a standard treatment option for type 2 diabetes. This development may be one of the biggest and most significant changes in diabetes care since the introduction of insulin in 1920s. Obesity guidelines have recommended for years bariatric surgery for people with severe obesity including many with associated diabetes. It is the first time, however, that diabetes guidelines recommend surgery as a treatment option for the management of the disease itself.
Appearing on May 24, 2016 in Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association, the new guidelines recommend that surgery be considered a standard option for appropriate candidates with type 2 diabetes, including in mildly obese people, and they call for health care regulators to introduce appropriate reimbursement policies. A paired commentary in the journal Nature by Prof. Francesco Rubino analyses the steps that have led to this historical conclusion, the clinical and biological evidence supporting the use of surgery in diabetes and how this development may actually bolster hopes of finding a cure. read more

the regulation of medicines and devices and the EU referendum

The debate about the pros and cons of remaining – or leaving – the EU continues unabated. One important area that has not been publicly explored – or explained – are the benefits of membership of the EU when it comes to the regulation of drugs and devices. read more

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