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Outside the Lab Cancer, Metabolism & Diabetes, Public health

A Deadly Combination

Obesity and diabetes represent two significant – but also potentially preventable – sources of human death, disability and disease. But what damage are they doing when united? A recent study has found that together, the two conditions contributed to 792,600 cases of cancer in 2012 – or 5.6 percent of new cases (1). “While obesity has been associated with cancer for some time, the link between diabetes and cancer has only been established quite recently. Our study shows that diabetes, either on its own or combined with being overweight, is responsible for hundreds of thousands of cancer cases each year across the world,” said Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, lead author of the study and a Clinical Fellow at Imperial College London, UK (2).

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as a deputy editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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