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Patients Could Be Exposed to EDCs in Medications, Medical Supplies

Health care providers may unintentionally expose patients to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) by prescribing certain medications and using medical supplies, according to a perspective published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Exposure to EDCs, chemicals that disrupt the body’s natural hormones, is most often associated with industrial pollution, contaminated food and water, or personal and home care products. Less appreciated is the fact that some medications and medical...
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Endocrine Society Argues for Inclusion of EDCs in EU Chemicals Strategy

In May, the European Commission released a roadmap outlining plans for a Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. The Chemicals Strategy, which will form a component of the European Green Deal, seeks to “reduce the risks associated with producing and using chemicals” by improving the European Union (EU) regulatory process and strengthening the regulatory framework for harmful...
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Eating a Late Dinner Linked to Weight Gain

Eating a late dinner may contribute to weight gain and high blood sugar, according to a small study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Over 2.1 billion adults are estimated to have overweight or obesity which make health complications like diabetes and high blood pressure more likely. Some studies suggest that consuming calories...
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Patients with COVID-19 May Develop Thyroid Infection

Study reports the first known case of subacute thyroiditis after COVID-19 infection COVID-19 infection may cause subacute thyroiditis, according to a new case study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Subacute thyroiditis is an inflammatory thyroid disease characterized by neck pain and is usually preceded by an upper respiratory tract infection. It may be caused by a viral infection or a post-viral inflammatory reaction, and many...
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ENDO Online 2020 Preview: The Year in Pituitary

When the Endocrine Society launches ENDO Online 2020 in June, attendees will be treated to Mirjam Christ-Crain, MD, PhD, from the University of Basel, Switzerland, who will discuss the top pituitary research studies in her session, “The Year in Pituitary: Clinical and Research Breakthroughs.” For such a miniscule structure, the pea-sized hypophysis plays an outsized...
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Coalition of Bone Health Experts Issue Joint Guidance on Managing Osteoporosis in the COVID-19 Era

The Endocrine Society joined a coalition of leading bone health organizations to release guidance for healthcare professionals treating patients with osteoporosis in the era of COVID-19. The guidelines address the challenges that social distancing has presented for treating patients with osteoporosis, including those who receive treatment through injection or intravenous (IV) delivery of drugs. It also provides guidance on how some patients may be transitioned to alternative therapies until they are able...
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People with Brown Fat May Burn 15 Percent More Calories

New data highlights how cold exposure activates brown fat, energy metabolism Short-term cold exposure may help people with brown fat burn 15 percent more calories than those without, according to a small study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Unlike white fat, brown fat burns calories through fatty acid oxidation and heat production and is considered a promising target in the fight against the obesity epidemic. The biggest activator of brown fat is moderate cold exposure. “This data improves our understanding of how brown fat works...

As much as we know today about the endocrine system and the effects it has on the body, there remains so much that we do not know. Discoveries are made every day, and our understanding of the endocrine system is always growing and changing. Serving patients to the best of an endocrinologist’s abilities means being aware of all the latest developments in endocrine research. This includes the newest and most complete information concerning such endocrinology research topics as new treatments and new methods for disease prevention. Identifying symptoms and making the connections between those symptoms and endocrine disease can lead to greater understanding and ultimately better treatment for patients. More advanced prevention techniques can help patients stave off disease before it can impact their lives. Having the most current information can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for your patients.

This section features some of the most current and forward-looking articles concerning the latest research in endocrinology. Written by and for endocrinologists, these articles are provided to keep you up to date with the most relevant developments in the field of endocrinology. You can access the information you need about new technology, new treatments and general information to help you serve your patients with better overall care. Our understanding of the endocrine system is always evolving. With Endocrine News, you can ensure that your knowledge of the field won’t be left behind. What’s more, your patients will always have access to the most advanced information out there.