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

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.

Could a transplant of gut bacteria be the key to tackling obesity?

Could a 'gastric bypass in a pill' spell an end to diets and be the key to tackling obesity Surgery to transplant different bacteria into the gut promoted slimmingScientists say gastric bypasses also trigger different levels of bugs in the gut, which aid weight loss By Fiona Macrae PUBLISHED: 19:56 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:49 GMT, 28 March 2013 Shedding the pounds without dieting, exercising or resorting to surgery sounds impossibly far-fetched.

Sugary drinks could be causing 200,000 deaths a year worldwide, warn experts

Sugary drinks could be causing 200,000 deaths a year worldwide, warn experts Drinks were linked to 133,000 deaths from diabetesPlus 44,000 from heart disease and 6,000 from cancer78% of the deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 20:00 GMT, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:28 GMT, 19 March 2013 Sugary soft drinks could be causing almost 200,000 deaths a year worldwide Sugary soft drinks could be causing almost 200,000 deaths a year worldwide, a study has found.

New drug being developed using compound found in red wine "could help humans live until they are 150"

New drug being developed using compound found in red wine 'could help humans live until they are 150'Drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol, found in red wineResearch shows drugs which could prevent cancer and diabetes now viableMedication can be taken topically or orallyNo drugs yet developed to target aging skin By Lucy Crossley PUBLISHED: 20:48 GMT, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:40 GMT, 10 March 2013 Breakthrough: The new anti-aging drugs are synthetic versions of resveratrol which is found in red wine Drugs that could combat ageing and help people to live to 150-years-old may be available within five years, following landmark research.

Having an early night "lowers blood pressure"

Going to bed an hour earlier each night 'lowers blood pressure in just six weeks' Researchers found people showing early signs of high blood pressure could restore readings to healthy levels by sleeping an extra hour every nightThe study looked at people who slept only seven hours or less who were beginning to have borderline high blood pressure readings | UPDATED: 00:58 GMT, 4 December 2012 Going to bed an hour earlier than usual could help to ward off high blood pressure, according to a new study.

Osteoporosis: Men with beers bellies warned they are at risk of weaker bones

Put down that drink! Men with beers guts warned they are at risk of weaker bones Belly fat associated with increased risk of osteoporosis in menThis fat reduces how much growth hormone is secreted, which plays an important role in maintaining healthy bones | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 29 November 2012 Scroll down for video Belly fat leads to osteoporosis in men, a study has found Men with excessive fat around their middles aren't just putting their hearts under strain – they are also at risk of weaker bones.

Dementia risk from sleeping tablets: Pensioners on pills taken by 1.5m are 50% more likely to be hit, warns Harvard study

Dementia risk from sleeping tablets: Pensioners on pills taken by 1.5m are 50% more likely to be hit, warns Harvard study Academics say side effects could be so harmful doctors should avoid prescribing themScientists believe sleeping pills may interfere with neurotransmitters in the brain, possibly causing dementiaDoctors made 10million sleeping pill prescriptions last year | UPDATED: 23:03 GMT, 27 September 2012 Around 1.5m Britons are thought to be taking sleeping pills at any one time, with over 10million prescriptions handed out every year Sleeping pills taken by more than a million Britons significantly increase the risk of dementia, researchers warn today.

How your blood group can affect you heart disease risk: Britons with "O" type "benefit from natural protection"

How your blood group can affect your heart disease risk: Britons with 'O' type 'benefit from natural protection' | UPDATED: 23:46 GMT, 14 August 2012 Research: A person's blood group helps determine their risk of heart disease, a study has found A person’s blood group helps determine their risk of heart disease, a study has found.