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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommends Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions to Prevent Obesity-Related Morbidity and Mortality in Adults

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) last month released a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on behavioral weight loss interventions to prevent obesity-related morbidity and mortality in adults. Based on its review of the evidence, the USPSTF recommends that clinicians offer or refer adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2...
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Remembering Angela Hartley Brodie, PhD, FAACR, A Research Role Model

Figure 1 Angela M.H. Brodie, PhD, FAACR, was a role model for all scientists in the world of endocrinology, but especially female scientists because she blazed many trails and maintained rigorously high standards for herself, her students, and her colleagues. One of those colleagues, V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc, FMedSci, FAACR, at the University of Texas...
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Breaking the Habit: Opioid-Induced Endocrinopathies

Aside from the chances of becoming addicted or even dying from an overdose, opioids have also proven damaging to the endocrine system. An awareness by both patients and physicians is a much-needed first step to combatting these often severe conditions. Opioids have been grabbing headlines for the past couple of years. They’ve become an epidemic,...
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Advocacy in Action: Opioid Crisis, Diabetes, Women’s Health, and More

What’s Happening in Washington: While much of the country’s attention has been on the continuing Supreme Court Justice confirmation, Congress worked on the following health-related legislation this week: Spending Bills – We started the week and the new fiscal year (FY) Monday, October 1 with a signed appropriation bill covering all Department of Health &...
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New Consensus Report from the American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Calls for Paradigm Shift to Patient-Centered Care for Type 2 Diabetes

Recommendations are detailed in new roadmaps (algorithms) outlining therapies and medications to help achieve optimal diabetes control and improved quality of life The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) have jointly produced and presented today at the EASD’s Annual Meeting in Berlin a new guidance document Management...
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Advocacy in Action: Appropriations, Prescription Drug Prices, and More

This week’s Washington headlines were dominated by the continuation of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  However, we also saw important congressional action supporting Endocrine Society legislative priorities: Appropriations – The House of Representatives passed the combined Labor-HHS/Defense spending package.  The same bill passed the Senate last week.  The bill, which includes...