Recently published research from the University of Oxford will help in planning treatment regimes for diabetes.Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the patients become less able to regulate blood sugar levels as a result of insulin resistance. Poor regulation of blood sugar can result in many complications such as blindness and kidney failure.The current treatment for the later stages is injections of supplemental insulin. However, the best time to take these injections was a source of controversy. A 3-year study by the Oxford Centre for Diabetes concluded that starting with a long lasting single injection in the morning, followed by subsequent mealtime injections (if needed) was the safest option.“These results will help patients and healthcare professionals in routine clinical practice to decide which treatment is most suitable for the individual,” said Dr Andrew Farmer, an investigator from the Department of Primary Health Care.
Go back to the enewsletterQantas is adding new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo, meeting a growing demand from Australians wanting to travel to the popular Japanese ski holiday destination.To coincide with the peak ski season, Qantas will fly three times per week to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020, subject to regulatory approval. The flights will be operated with Qantas’ upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over this period.Qantas will be the first airline to fly direct between Sydney and Sapporo and the service will be the national carrier’s 5th route between Australia and Japan.Qantas International Acting CEO Naren Kumar said Sapporo was a highly sought-after holiday destination for Australian travellers.“Travel between Australia and Japan is booming. These new flights make it easier for Australians to reach Hokkaido’s popular ski resorts like Niseko and Rusutsu,” said Kumar.“The number of Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the past five years, with almost 500,000 Australians visiting Japan in the last 12 months alone. We expect Japan’s popularity to continue with the country hosting a number of major international sporting events in the next two years.“Domestic connections with Jetstar Japan will also open up new options for customers who want to travel beyond the Hokkaido region for both business and leisure.”“In the past two years we’ve expanded our network by adding two new destinations in Japan to meet this growing demand: a year-round service to Osaka, and now seasonal services to Sapporo. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to meet customer demand.”The new service is also expected to drive tourism by creating a new option for travellers from the Hokkaido region to experience summer in Australia. Qantas will be working with the Hokkaido Government to promote the new service to travellers from across Australia and Japan.Customers can book Qantas’ new Sapporo service from today at qantas.com or through travel agents.The Qantas Group operates the largest Australia-Japan network and through Jetstar Japan, the Group also operates the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan. The new Sapporo service adds to Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka, Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) and Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Jetstar’s flights from Cairns to Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka, and Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita).Go back to the enewsletter