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News Round Up W/E 24th Feb 12

Lots of articles this week, I have three that I thought were interesting:

1. The BBC reported 1.3m diabetes patients are not offereed vital tests
NHS figures reveal fewer than 10% of patients are offered the full series of tests in some areas of England. According to National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, primary care trusts (PCTs) should ensure all diabetic patients are given a series of nine different health checks every 12 months.

These include blood pressure, blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and examinations of the eyes and feet.

I feel I get very good care at Trafford but if you think you are not getting what you need speak to your doctor .

I found the full article interesting but it does annoy me that there are people out there not receiving the care they need.

2. Type 1 diabetes may develop more slowly than thought
“Traditionally, it was thought that beta cell function completely ceased in patients with advanced type 1 diabetes. However, data from this study and others suggest that the pancreas continues to function at some level even decades after the onset of type 1 diabetes,” study leader Dr. Denise Faustman, director of the MGH Immunobiology Laboratory, said in a hospital news release.

This could mean different treatments may help. And could also answer the question about why do our isnulin requitments change!

The article was on the Medicinenet online

3. Smartphone apps could replace appointments for diabetes patients
I know I like my gadgets so I think there is some merit in this but nothing can replace your consultation with your DSN or consultant.

The Department of Health is aiming to prescribe health apps for patients who take daily health readings, such as people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Readings entered into an app (smartphone application) could help patients and healthcare professionals to keep a detailed set of health records.

Figures which could be collected include blood sugar level and blood pressure readings. The NHS has collected feedback from its patients on their favourite health apps, providing a list of over 500 different applications.

Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley stated: “Innovation and technology can revolutionise the health service, and we are looking at how the NHS can use these apps for the benefit of patients, including how GPs could offer them for free.”

One of the key questions is over how the NHS will be able to monitor large quantities of data and get meaningful results. The government is due to provide more information on its plans for health data collection and usage within its Information Strategy to be unveiled in the Spring. Health apps have already showed promise. The NHS Direct app has already recorded over 1 million downloads.