End of the diabetes jab? Scientists find insulin-boosting hormone that could do away with daily injections


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End of the diabetes jab Scientists find insulin-boosting hormone that could do away with daily injections A newly discovered hormone – betatrophin – could revolutionise the treatment of type 2 diabetesIt could halt the development of the conditionIn mice the hormone was shown to increase the number of insulin-producing beta cells up to 30-fold By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 16:00 GMT, 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:47 GMT, 25 April 2013 Diabetics could be freed from the need to inject themselves by the development of a once-a-year drug Millions of diabetics could be freed from having to inject themselves several times a day by a once-a-year drug.

Once-a-year drug could spell the end of daily insulin injections for type 2 diabetics


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Once-a-year drug could spell the end of daily insulin injections for type 2 diabetics A newly discovered hormone – betatrophin – could revolutionise the treatment of type 2 diabetesIt could halt the development of the conditionIn mice the hormone was shown to increase the number of insulin-producing beta cells up to 30-fold By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 16:00 GMT, 25 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:04 GMT, 25 April 2013 Diabetics could be freed from the need to inject themselves by the development of a once-a-year drug Millions of diabetics could be freed from the need to inject themselves several times a day by the development of a once-a-year drug.

Kidney cancer patients denied life-extending drug as NHS watchdog declares it "not cost effective"


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Kidney cancer patients denied life-extending drug as NHS watchdog declares it 'not cost effective' NICE says that the NHS should not provide axitinibThe drug can extend the lives of people with advanced kidney cancer but has been deemed not 'cost effective'It works by cutting off the blood supply to the tumour By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 12:23 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:06 GMT, 28 March 2013 Thousands of people with kidney cancer that has spread are to be denied a new pill that could prolong their lives, claim doctors.

Men who have daughters after the age of 50 are "twice as likely to have a grandchild with autism"


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Men who have daughters after the age of 50 are 'twice as likely to have a grandchild with autism' Sons of older fathers are also more likely to have children with the conditionOlder parents might be responsible for the growing number of autistic children, say researchers Genetic risks caused by age can skip generations By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 20:07 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:07 GMT, 20 March 2013 Men who have daughters when they are over 50 have almost double the risk of a grandchild being diagnosed with autism.

Stronger doses of statins may increase the risk of kidney damage by a THIRD


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Stronger doses of statins may increase the risk of kidney damage by a THIRD Patients taking high potency statins had 34% higher risk of kidney damage Those in the high-risk group were taking 40 milligrams or more Most patients take between 20-40 mg of simvastatin a day By Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent PUBLISHED: 00:41 GMT, 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:41 GMT, 20 March 2013 Patients taking high potency statins had a 34 per cent higher risk of being hospitalised for acute kidney injury Taking statins in high doses increases the risk of emergency hospital treatment for kidney damage, warn researchers.

Cancer victim growing a new nose in his arm: Businessman who lost organ to disease hopes to have new one sewn on to his face


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Cancer victim who lost his nose to disease is growing a new one in his ARM for surgeons to sew back in place British man, 56, who is being kept annonymous, lost his nose to skin cancer Experts at University College London hope it will have a sense of smellProfessor Alex Seifalian said the nose will be the same as the man's orginalIt is the first time a nose has been grown from scratch and scientists say it procedure could be used to help car crash victims and wounded soldiers By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent PUBLISHED: 22:31 GMT, 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:51 GMT, 23 January 2013 A British businessman who lost his nose to cancer is growing a new one – in his arm.

BBC reporter Fergal Keane Return To Forgotten Britain


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Bravo for Britain! BBC reporter Fergal Keane says revisiting the deprived families he met for a series 12 years ago filled him with hope | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 23 November 2012 Nearly 13 years ago I set out on a journey around Britain for the BBC, filming some of the most hard-pressed citizens of the nation.