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Budding Problems: Essential Oils as Endocrine Disruptors

As endocrine science unlocks more secrets of endocrine disruptors, new common household items are being scrutinized for their safety. A recent study from The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reveals how lavender oil – a staple in Hispanic culture – could possess estrogenic and antiandrogenic consequences.  In some U.S. Hispanic communities, liberal use of...
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Review Examines Optimal Care for Patients with 46,XY Differences of Sex Development

Treating patients with 46,XY differences of sex development (DSD) will require interdisciplinary healthcare teams trained to care for patients and their families, according to a paper recently published in Endocrine Reviews. The review, by Amy B. Wisniewski, of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, et al., points out that DSD are a heterogenous group of congenital...
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Slightly Elevated TSH Levels Not a Cause for Referral to Pediatric Endocrinologists

Children with thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels slightly above reference range shouldn’t be referred to pediatric endocrinologists unless there is another cause for clinical concern, according to a paper recently published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. Researchers led by Perrin C. White, MD, of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of...
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A New Normal: The Quest for Age-Related Reference Ranges for Children

A lack of accurate reference standards can often prove challenging when it comes to treating pediatric patients. A coalition is seeking a federal effort to establish better pediatric reference intervals for medical tests could make treating these patients less problematic.    “Children are not small adults” is an admonition to remind clinicians that they should...
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Pediatric Obesity and Male Precocious Puberty: A Link Established

While the connection has been well established between obesity and precocious puberty in girls, a Chilean study presented at ENDO 2019 establishes a link between obesity and precocious puberty in boys. According to statistics from Pediatric Obesity—Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline as well as Endocrine Facts and Figures: Obesity, the...