Endocrine News 2.0

Mark 2012Welcome to the debut of the refreshed Endocrine News! As you thumb through this issue, it will be obvious that there has been a significant design overhaul. We felt this “reboot” vital in order to make Endocrine News a more viable vehicle for how the readers receive information. The goal is to present the content in a contemporary and reader-friendly context because magazines should be dynamic with a need to evolve. That’s what we’re doing with Endocrine News. It’s had a very similar look for the last several years and now it’s time to present a publication that can deliver noteworthy content in a manner that appeals to our audience while also reflecting current design standards.

But the change will be gradual. While the refreshed design is officially being unveiled in this issue, the coming months will see a few new surprises peppered in amongst the magazine’s familiar features. One new type of article is the First Person feature, “Long Distance Relationship,” written by Matthew Bouchonville about his experiences in working with Endo ECHO in rural New Mexico. He details how he’s been able to connect with patients — and other healthcare professionals — via telemedicine. Bouchonville says the experience has made him a better doctor. “By sharing my expertise as an endocrinologist and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team to mentor primary care providers in rural and underserved communities, I’m helping more patients with diabetes and other endocrine conditions get the care they need and live healthier lives,” he writes.

These First Person articles are a new addition to the line-up and they will require input from you, the members of the Endocrine Society. We want to use these articles as a way for you to tell your day-to-day stories of working in the field of endocrinology. Whether you’re a scientist in a lab, a clinician treating patients, or a researcher in the clinic, we want you to share your experiences with our more than 22,000 readers. So if you have a story you’d like to share with your endocrinology brethren, feel free to send me an email at mnewman@endocrine.org.

This month’s cover story, “A New Hope,” by Kelly Horvath concerns treating chronic pancreatitis with a total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplantation, based on a study and editorial published in the May issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Essentially it was revealed that if this procedure is performed sooner, rather than later, the patient’s quality of life could be somewhat maintained; plus the risk of diabetes onset was significantly reduced. Further, the procedure can be done off site and shipped back, thus eliminating one of the potential barriers of successfully performing this procedure.

Again, enjoy the “remodeled” Endocrine News and please let me know your thoughts and comments on the redesign.

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