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Stress From Rising Population Numbers May Cause a Decline in Human Fertility

A predicted population drop at the end of the century could be explained by stress from meaningless social interactions, according to a review article published in the Endocrine Society’s journal, Endocrinology. Researchers predict a peak in population numbers in 2064 followed by a 50% drop by the end of the century from changes in human reproductive behavior and function. There has been a 50% decrease in...
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Mother and Child: Pregnancy Exposures Can Have Unintended Effects in Later Life for Both Offspring and Mother

Two studies from the all-virtual ENDO 2021 focused on how pregnancy is impacted by endocrine-disrupting chemicals. From both ends of the umbilical cord, research shows that both mothers and offspring feel the effects of these chemicals, sometimes for generations to come.   In 2009, the Endocrine Society’s first Scientific Statement on endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) was...
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Postpartum Depression May Be Linked to EDC Exposure

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may influence hormonal shifts during pregnancy as well as contribute to postpartum depression, according to a small study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Postpartum depression is a serious and common psychiatric disorder that affects up to one in five childbearing women. The cause of postpartum depression...
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Factors Other than Gestational Weight Gain Linked to Metabolic Complications of Pregnancy

Factors other than how much weight a woman gains during pregnancy may contribute to metabolic complications such as gestational diabetes (GDM), according to a paper recently published in Journal of the Endocrine Society. Researchers led by Fernanda L. Alvarado, MD, of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass., point out...
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Cause & Effect: Patients with Obesity and Thyroid Function Testing

According to a new guideline from the European Society of Endocrinology, patients with obesity should be routinely tested for thyroid function. However, testing for other endocrine-related conditions should be guided by the presence of symptoms. The endocrine system and obesity can have a push-pull relationship. Some endocrine disorders — such as hypothyroidism and Cushing’s syndrome...