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Advocacy Roundtable: Taking Action for Endocrinology

1217_AdvocacyRoundtable When the Rally for Medical Research took place in Washington, D.C., in September, among the voices were several Endocrine Society members. We spoke to Lindsey Trevino, PhD, T. Rajendra Kumar, PhD, Heather Patisaul, PhD, and Benson Akingbemi, PhD, about why they feel so strongly about becoming “endocrine advocates.” In September, the Endocrine Society was a...
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Endocrine Society Opposes Taxing Graduate Tuition Waivers

Tax reform legislation (H.R. 1) approved by the U.S. House of Representatives will increase tax liability for thousands of graduate students who serve as teaching or research assistants. Under the House-passed legislation, tuition waivers granted to graduate students would be considered taxable income. More than half (55%) of all master’s and PhD candidates who serve...
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Endocrine Society’s Diabetes Briefing on Capitol Hill “Goes to the Dogs”

advocacydog3 On September 14, the Endocrine Society hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill titled “Diabetes in America: Research Accomplishments and Clinical Challenges,” sponsored by Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA). The briefing featured presentations from Judith Fradkin, MD, of the National Institutes of Health, who shared accomplishments in diabetes research; Shivani Agarwal, MD, MPH, of the University of...
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Endocrine Society Members Participated in FDA Hypoglycemia Workshop

On Sept. 12, Endocrine Society members Rob Lash, MD, and David Aron, MD, took part in a public workshop devoted to hypoglycemia in older adults sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Aron was part of a panel that discussed current hypoglycemia medication safety efforts.  Lash, chair of the Society’s Clinical Affairs Core...
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Endocrine Society Joins Effort to Get September Named PCOS Month

The Endocrine Society and its patient education arm, the Hormone Health Network, have joined with other associations, members of Congress, and PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association to designate September as Polycistic Ovary Syndrome Month. PCOS Challenge worked with Congressman David Scott (D-GA-13) and 20 other leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives...
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Senate Considers Health Reform Legislation; Timing Uncertain

The U.S. Senate was working hard to develop its version of a health reform measure, but timetable expectations continue to shift. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a health reform bill in May; the Senate leadership had hoped to pass an alternative healthcare coverage measure by the end of June. Senate Republicans...
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Healthcare Reform’s Tug of War

EN0617_cover-small When the U.S. House of Representatives passed health reform legislation in yet another attempt to repeal Obamacare, there were more questions than answers. Endocrine News examines the new bill to let you know what’s in it, what’s not, what’s at stake, where the Endocrine Society stands, and what’s next for you and your patients. On...