Diabetes news, Dr Shivani Misra, DRWF, diabetes, Sepsis Six



Brits are embracing the future with 60%

thinking that technology will improve

their future wellbeing. Almost half back

further research into DNA sequencing and

editing, while over a third of Londoners

say they would be microchipped!

New research shows the UK public

are ready to welcome future tech into

many areas of their lives, with 60% saying

they expect technology will improve their

future wellbeing; 77% say that healthcare

should be the focus of technological

advancement - that's almost double those

who think it should be space exploration


Yet despite the UK public's enthusiasm

for technology, the research did reveal

some misgivings. More than half of Brits

(53%) worry that people will become more

and more isolated and only 28% expect

technology to have a positive impact on

levels of employment. Overall, just over

one-fifth (22%) of people said that they

were optimistic about the future.

Across Europe, research shows

people are even more sceptical about how

technology will affect their lives. Around a

third (31%) of Spanish people believe that

technology will mean the breakdown of

trust in society; over half (52%) of French

think that it will have a negative impact on

employment, and a third consider robotics

to be a threat. Meanwhile, only 13% of

German people were likely to say they

would replace meals with pills or pick a

love match based on DNA or pheromone


In April 2016 ComRes interviewed

1,002 UK, 1,004 French, 1,001 German,

1,000 Spanish adults. The research was

commissioned by www.nesta.org.uk,

the UK's innovation foundation.


While not directly related to diabetes,

news that a new clinical pack designed

to improve early diagnosis and treatment

of sepsis and which is undergoing trials at

NHS hospitals is relevant to all of us.

SepsisBox is designed to support

clinicians to treat suspected sepsis in

patients as an emergency, with the same

urgency as they would treat someone

having a heart attack. With figures from

the UK Sepsis Trust of 150,000 cases of

sepsis a year resulting in 44,000 deaths,

the newly developed single-use SepsisBox

is now on trial in hospitals governed by

the Cwm Taf University Health Board in

Wales. The UK Sepsis Trust estimates

that 10,000 lives could be saved each

year by improving the response to Sepsis.

The box was developed to improve

clinical care by a team from Rocialle, a

British manufacturer of sterile procedure

packs. Based on an advent calendar

format, each box contains all elements of

the 'Sepsis Six care bundle' and facilitates

the appropriate response to sepsis within

the all-important first hour.

Stephen Burt, Managing Director of

Rocialle, says, "The beauty of SepsisBox

is that it allows treatment to be initiated

by ward nurses rather than specialist

response teams, thus minimising sepsis

treatment delays."

SepsisBox has six compartments

containing the items required for

performing the Sepsis Six care bundle.

It has been designed with clear, simple

markings guiding the user to perform

each treatment stage in the correct order.

This should give confidence to the nurse

in performing Sepsis Six with the patient

enabling them to provide the quickest,

most effective response.



Dr Shivani Misra (above) is a DRWFfunded researcher

at Imperial College

London. She recently ran in the London

10K in support of the charity, and it is

fundraising activities such as these that

enable us to fund the work of researchers,

like Dr Misra. Her research was a study

on the identification of maturity onset

diabetes of the young (MODY) - an

inherited form of diabetes - and how

this can differ between ethnic groups, in

order to prescribe appropriate treatment.

In this video interview Dr Misra

explains how DRWF-funded research

helped lead to better and treatment and

reducing the number of misdiagnosis in

people who did not know they had the

condition: See the video HERE.

New data from Public Health England

(PHE) reveals 3.8 million people in

England aged over 16 had diabetes in

2015, around 9% of the adult population.

The figures reiterate that diabetes is an

increasing burden of ill health, underlining

the need for urgent action to lessen the

impact on individuals, as well as the

health and social care system supporting

them. The model suggests that one in

four people with diabetes, an estimated

940,000, are unaware of their condition.

The model is accessible HERE.



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