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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...
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Blood Tests Can Predict Timing of Final Menstrual Period

Blood tests could replace menstrual periods as a gauge for when a women is nearing menopause, according to new research published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study found measuring levels of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) can predict when a woman’s final menstrual period will occur. AMH serves as an indicator...
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BPA Exposure Leads to Abnormal Estrous Cycle and Folliculogenesis, Mouse Study Finds

Exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), even at environmentally low doses, disrupts the preovulatory luteinizing hormone (LH) surge and leads to abnormal estrous cycle and folliculogenesis, according to a study recently published in Endocrinology. This disruption is reversible following adult exposure, but it persists into adulthood after neonatal exposure. Researchers led by David Lopez-Rodriguez, MSc, at the neuroendocrinology...