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Commentary: Geriatric Endocrinology: An Important Competency for Endocrinologists in an Aging Society

As the population ages, endocrinologists will be faced increasingly with older patients with endocrine disorders who may present difficult clinical challenges. Fortunately, the Endocrine Society is poised to improve the “geriatric competency” of endocrine practitioners, researchers, and trainees. According to a 2015 United Nations World Population Ageing Report, the number and proportion of older persons...
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Positive Results in Phase 2b Study of Metformin Delayed Release in Type 2 Diabetes

Positive results were reported last week in a Phase 2b dose-ranging study, which met the primary endpoint of showing a statistically significant reduction in HbA1c at 16 weeks with delayed-release metformin compared with placebo in subjects with type 2 diabetes. Elcelyx Therapeutics is marketing this drug as Metformin DR, an investigational product designed to target metformin delivery to...
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CMS: 49 States (+ DC) Reduced Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

According to a new study from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 49 states and the District of Columbia have seen avoidable hospital readmissions decline since 2010. Hospital readmissions typically occur within 30 days of a patient’s discharge and have been estimated to cost $17 billion annually in Medicare expenditures. Aside from the...
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Members in the News: Deanna Adkins Featured on NPR for Her Work with Transgender Teens

National Public Radio (NPR) yesterday featured Endocrine Society Deanna Adkins, MD, highlighting her work with transgender teens in the gender clinic she started at Duke University’s Children’s Hospital in Durham, N.C. The radio program lets us listen in as Adkins treats a fifteen-year-old transgender boy named Drew, who came to North Carolina with his mom from Jacksonville, Fla....
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Mind the Gap: Guiding Pediatric Patients into Adult Care

mind the gap As a pediatric patient transitions to adult care, the challenges can be overwhelming, not just for the patients…but also for the clinician. Maneuvering through this often arduous transition takes skill, compassion, and, most importantly, patience. “I felt like I got dropped off a cliff.” These are the words Carol Greenlee, MD, FACE, FACP, of Western...
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Making the Grade

patient satisfaction With Medicare reimbursement now tied to consumer ratings, many institutions are focusing on the patient experience — and patient-physician communication in particular. Can you afford an additional 132 seconds to provide better care? Most patients can convey their relevant clinical information in 150 seconds. Yet studies have shown that physicians interrupt their patients after 18...
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Endocrine Society Issues New Recommendations on ACA & Diabetes

In the United States, slightly more than half of all adults with diabetes receive guideline-consistent care. A smaller proportion has adequate cardiovascular risk factor control. Current care of individuals with diabetes and its complications and comorbidities exemplifies many of the challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. Based on the care costs relative to the outcomes achieved, Americans deserve greater value for...