News in brief 110108

GPs honoured
Six GPs were included in the Queen's New Year Honours List. Leicester GP Dr Angela Lennox was made a CBE for her work in deprived areas. This Morning's Dr Chris Steele was one of five GPs made MBEs. The others were Dr Mary Hickey, from Westminster, London, Dr John Macdonald, from Wigtown, Dumfries, Dr Ashwin Shah, from Newham, east London, and Dr Peter Tate, from Corfe Castle, Dorset.

Contract quality success
Quality of care under the GMS contract has exceeded GPs' expectations. Fewer than half of GPs surveyed in 2004 predicted that new GMS would improve overall quality of care. In 2005 over 60 per cent of GPs thought that it had (BJGP 2008; 58: 8-14).

Sleep disruption link to diabetes
A disturbed night's sleep may increase the risk of developing diabetes, according to US research. Previous research has linked the length of sleep to the onset of diabetes. This latest study tested the impact of sleep quality on blood glucose control in nine healthy adults. Eight of the volunteers became less sensitive to insulin after being woken up when they were in the deepest sleep (PNAS Online 2008).

Flu survey winner
Thank you to all who took part in the flu survey. The winner of £100 worth of Amazon vouchers is Dr James Hill of Lockerbie, Dumfries.

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