Daily digest April 2 2015

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Watching TV could give you diabetes

Watching television for a few hours a day can dramatically raise the risk of diabetes, experts have warned.

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh in the United States found that an average day's viewing increases the chance of developing the condition by nearly 14%, the Daily Express reports.

The research looked at data from more than 3,000 overweight adults on a Type 2 diabetes prevention programme. They found that the risk of developing diabetes increased around 3.4% for each hour spent watching TV.

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Drug company tried to scupper trials of cheaper sight loss treatment

A drug company has been accused of trying to block trials aimed at promoting a ‘cheap, safe and effective’ treatment for sight loss on the NHS, the Mail Online reports.

Novartis ‘bullied’ experts who have tried to prove that a cancer drug can be used to treat one of the most common forms of blindness, according to the BMJ.

The respected medical journal says that Avastin is just as effective at tackling wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as the current treatment, Lucentis. Avastin is much cheaper and it is estimated that widespread use of the drug would save the NHS around £102 million a year.

But the BMJ says the drug company Novartis has consistently tried to ‘undermine and divert attention’ from trials to prove Avastin works – even turning to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) for help.

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One fifth of young professionals admit to drink issues

One in five young professionals in the UK consider themselves to have a drinking problem, a survey has found.

The research found that more young male professionals said they believed they had issues with alcohol (28%), while for both men and women it was 21%, the Telegraph reports.

The poll, by Opinium Research, of 4,000 UK adults also found that one third (35%) of 18 to 24-year-olds said they had got so drunk they could not remember most of their night out, with one in five (18%) admitting they have not been able to recall how they got home.

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