Type 2 diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st Century. There are 415 million people living with diabetes worldwide, and 90 per cent of them have Type 2. It’s increasing, costly and life-changing. Diabetes is the single largest cause of amputations, stroke, blindness and kidney failure. So are we doing enough to prevent it? Can we use our understanding of genetics to improve treatment and care? Professor Anna Gloyn (Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology & Metabolism and Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford) shared her view in our first SciBar of June 2017.
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Everybody knows that air travel contributes to climate change through its emissions. But we are only now beginning to understand how climate change will affect air travel. Rising sea levels and storm surges threaten coastal airports. Warmer air at ground level makes it more difficult for planes to take-off. More extreme weather may cause flight disruptions and delays. Clear-air turbulence is expected to become stronger and twice as common. Transatlantic flights may take significantly longer because of changes to the jet stream. Dr Paul Williams shed some light on out how climate change could affect our future flights in this SciBar.
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Professor Sue Llewelyn: It’s Tough Being a Human
It can be tough being human: life isn’t straightforward and sometimes people find it hard to cope with the complex things that happen in their lives. Clinical psychologists use their understanding of how people behave, learn and feel to develop ways of helping people to resolve their emotional difficulties. Professor Sue Llewelyn explained, in our April 2017 SciBar, how clinical psychologists use evidence from psychology, and from people’s own experiences, to work with a range of difficulties like depression anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
Read our interview with Sue Llewelyn here.