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2016: A Progress Report

progress_shutterstock_226274737 Endocrine science has been at the forefront of research and treatment of a variety of endocrine disorders. The result is a wide array of therapies, products, and more that came to market in 2016, which Endocrine News has compiled here. This past year was the 100th year of the Endocrine Society and it was not...
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New Website Rates Clinical Trials…by Participants

A new website called TrialsLoop.com that provides user-generated reviews for clinical trials as well as easy access to participate in clinical trials has recently launched. Management expects to gradually get patients in clinical trials to rate their experience, share it with others who might be considering entering a similar clinical trial and form a community...
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Exposure to Chemicals Released During Fracking May Harm Fertility

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to altered hormone levels, ovarian development in mice.  Prenatal exposure to chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may threaten fertility in female mice, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrinology. The study was the first to find a link between chemical exposure and adverse reproductive and developmental...
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TBT Impairs HPA Axis in Female Rats

Tributyltin chloride (TBT) – a chemical used in antifouling paints, and a known endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) – disrupts the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in female rats, according to a study recently published in Endocrinology. Researchers led by Professor Jones B. Graceli, of Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, in Vitória, ES, Brazil, point out that TBT has...
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Vitamin D May Influence Cell-Mediated Immunity

High-dose vitamin D supplementation may help ward off chronic immune-mediated diseases like type 1 diabetes (T1D), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.  Previous studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency has been linked to immune-mediated diseases. (We...
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New Trial Aims to Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

A clinical study evaluating a new hypothesis that an inexpensive drug with a simple treatment regimen can prevent type 1 diabetes (T1D) was launched in Dundee, Scotland recently. The autoimmune diabetes Accelerator Prevention Trial (adAPT) is led by Professor Terence Wilkin, of the University of Exeter Medical School, with support from colleagues at the University of...
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Post-Menopausal Women Taking Metformin for Diabetes May Be at Lower Risk of Cancer

Post-menopausal women who use metformin long-term for the treatment of diabetes may be at lower risk for developing certain cancers and dying from these diseases, reports a large prospective study from researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo (UB). Their analysis was based on data from the Women’s Health Initiative...