University's diabetes research centre gets £6m grant

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

The University of Exeter has been awarded £6m towards the expansion of its diabetes research centre.

The major investment is part of the government's UK industrial strategy.

Diabetes research in Exeter began in 1987 and the centre has made many discoveries that have transformed the treatment and care for diabetics, including improving helping improve clinical care in the NHS.

The disease, which affects blood sugar levels, is one of the world's greatest health challenges, affecting about 400m people.

University of Exeter diabetes research website
University of Exeter
Limb loss, dyslexia and mental health difficulties - and that's just the medical staff.
Limb loss, dyslexia and mental health difficulties - and that's just the medical staff.

Trust me, I’m a disabled doctor

Limb loss, dyslexia and mental health difficulties - and that's just the medical staff.
An A&E consultant, a psychiatrist, and two junior doctors swap notes on being disabled in the medical profession. 

Emergency medicine consultant, Dr Kieran McKiernan, speaks on the perils of self-diagnosis. He lost his leg after failing to treat a blister which became a 5cm-sq hole in his foot. 

Trainee GP, Dr Hannah Barham-Brown's wheelchair means she's regularly mistaken for a patient, while Dr Emily Burns spotted one patient's 'diagnosis' of Query Malingering - a euphemism for faking it - was actually Ehlers Danlos syndrome, a rare condition she has herself. 

Dr Caroline Walker says she hasn't got to go far to find doctors who, like her, have mental health difficulties. 

The foursome chat about the ups and down of the medical profession, the ambition to embrace diversity and how working less than full-time hours could be beneficial to all junior doctors. 

Produced by Emma Tracey.

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Online tool for people with type 2 diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes in the North East are being offered NHS advice digitally to help manage their condition.

The new tool will give advice for people at home, work or on the move to help deal with the mental and physical challenges of diabetes.

It will be available via an online portal and trials demonstrated "significant improvements" in people's average blood sugar and an "improvement" in mental health.

The North East is one of 11 pilot areas where people will be invited to trial it.

Diabetes blood test

Alan, 71, from Sunderland who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002, claimed to have already benefited from the resource.

He said: "My first piece of advice to anyone diagnosed with any form of diabetes is to learn as much as possible about it.

"This tool is a great way to do that - the more you know, the better you can manage your condition."