Non-alcoholic fatty disease liver disease associated with higher cardiovascular risk
Results presented during the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions report that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease may have a role in cardiovascular risk.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 22, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Pioglitazole linked to lower leptin levels in type 2 diabetes
According to a meta-analysis of RCTs published in theJournal of Diabetes Investigation, pioglitazole use is associated with significantly lower leptin levels in blood.Medical Express (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 22, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Metformin use found safe during pregnancy
Pregnant women taking metformin to treat conditions such as PCOS do not show an increase in adverse pregnancy outcomes, according to research in the BritishJournal of Clinical Pharmacology.Medpage Today (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 22, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Winter issue of The Endocrinologist now available online
The winter issue of the Society’s quarterly magazineThe Endocrinologist is now available online. With the theme ‘The adipocyte: a metabolic marvel’, the new issue includes insights into the basic biology of the fat cell, the key physiological features of brown fat, and the therapeutic modulation of adipocytes. Additionally, it features a fascinating piece on the role of fat in bone marrow, a reminder of the benefits of‘healthy fat’, and a description of the spectrum of serious disorders that can result from fat accumulation in the liver.In Society News, we look bac...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Mildly underactive thyroid may cause infertility in women
According to a study, published in theJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, even women with underactive thyroid at the lower end of normal function may have more difficulty in becoming pregnant, due to elevated TSH levels.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Blue light filters may aid sleep
According to a study, presented at the American Academy of Optometry, blue light filtering can help to regulate melatonin levels and may improve sleep.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Lonely people more at risk of type 2 diabetes
The findings of a study, published inBMC Public Health, indicate that having an active social life may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.Medical News Today (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Weight-loss surgery can improve male sexual function
According to a study, published in theJournal of the Endocrine Society, bariatric surgery can improve sexual function in obese men but not women.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

New drugs approved for rare paediatric disorders
The EU has given approval for the use of new treatments in treating two rare paediatric endocrine disorders, primary adrenal insufficiency and X-linked hypophosphatemia.Medscape (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 20, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Combination insulin therapy can help reduce hypoglycaemia during Ramadan
Trial results, presented at the International Diabetes Federation Congress, suggest that using insulin degludec/insulin aspart therapy can decrease risk of hypoglycaemic episodes in diabetic patients who fast during Ramadan.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 18, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Osteoporosis screening could help prevent hip fractures
Research published inThe Lancet suggests that osteoporosis screening programmes could help women prevent hip fractures.Daily Mail (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 18, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Vitamin D levels low in 50% of older adults
According to a study inNutrients, approximately half of over-65s present suboptimal vitamin D levels in blood.News Medical (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 18, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

One in three diabetic patients not taking drugs for fear of side effects
A study inDiabetes, Obesity and Metabolism reports that a third of diabetic patients are not taking metformin, and researchers hypothesise it may be due to the side effects of the drug.Daily Mail (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 18, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Once a day glucocorticoid therapy improves health in adrenal insufficiency
According to an Italian study, published in theLancet Diabetes& Endocrinology, adrenal insufficiency patients treated once a day with hydrocortisone have improved immune and metabolic function compared with those on conventional therapy.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 15, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Regular takeaways in childhood raise risk of diabetes in adulthood
A study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, reports children that regularly eat takeaway meals, at least once per week, have an increased risk of developing heart disease and diabetes later in life. Express (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 15, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Could hormone cocktail be new anti-obesity therapy?
A study, published inCell Reports, indicates that the digestive hormones cholecystokinin, peptide tyrosine and amylin have a key role in regulating appetite, through inhibition of neuronal activity in the hypothalamus.Medical News Today (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 15, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Proposal for identification of endocrine disruptors gains EU support
Experts from EU member states have endorsed a revised proposal for identification of endocrine disruptors. The revisions aim to address concerns raised on a previously blocked proposal.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 15, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Increased risk of thyroid disease in children of mothers with rheumatoid arthritis
Mothers with rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to have children with selected chronic health problems, including thyroid disease, according a to a study published inArthritis Care& Research.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Brain oestrogen also critical for ovulation
A study, published inPNAS, shows that the release of oestrogen in the hypothalamus and pituitary, in addition to that released by the ovaries, is critical for ovulation.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

High glucose levels impair foetal heart development
According to a study, published inelife, high maternal glucose levels during pregnancy affect normal development of heart cells, which can lead to congenital heart disease in babies.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Synthetic oxytocin with fewer side effects
A new compound based on oxytocin has been developed that more effectively targets receptors associated with maternal care, which avoids side effects such as cardiovascular complications, according to a study inScience Signaling.News Medical (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Some physicians underestimate effectiveness of anti-obesity therapies
According to a study, published inObesity Science& Practice, some physicians are more likely to attribute weight gain to behavioural factors and believe that weight loss treatments and surgery are less effective.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

New role found for hormone in female fertility
According to a study, published inFrontiers in Physiology, insulin-like peptide hormone 3 has a critical role in female fertility, through co-ordination of ovarian development.Medial Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

PhD opportunity: Sexually dimorphic development of the human fetal brain: critical role in the programming of neurodevelopmental disorders
Location:College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences, Glasgow, United KingdomSalary:A stipend of£14,553& tuition feesClosing Date:10 January 2018 Supervisors: Dr Michelle Bellingham, Dr Amanda Drake, Prof Paul A. FowlerProject details: The fetal environment plays a key role in programming normal brain development in the womb. Maternal lifestyle factors such as malnutrition, obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption are associated with altered brain development and behaviour, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and anxiet...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Have your say: Endocrinology and Diabetes 2017 Workforce Survey now open
The annual census of consultants in diabetes and endocrinology is now open. This is your opportunity to give your feedback on the specialty, identifying where improvements can be made and helping to identify planning needs for the future.Get involved to help influence governments, support workforce planning and contribute to health policy.The survey is sent on behalf of the Society for Endocrinology, ABCD, Diabetes UK and in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians London.The online survey takes only 10 minutes to complete and the link will be emailed directly to you and must be completed before16 February 2018.Eac...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 13, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Vitamin D linked to better outcomes in assisted reproductive treatment
A study inHuman Reproduction suggests that enough vitamin D levels may positively influence birth rates in women undergoing assisted reproductive treatments.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 12, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Gastric bypass reduces sensitivity to glucose in beta-cells
A study published inDiabetes, Obesity and Metabolism suggests that beta-cell sensitivity to glucose may be impaired after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 12, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

The economic benefits of personalised glucose control
Personalised glycaemic control in the treatment of type 2 diabetes patients could save billions in healthcare, a study in theAnnals of Internal Medicine suggests.MedPage Today (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 12, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Is ‘man flu’ real, and could testosterone explain it?
A review published in theBritish Medical Journal suggests that men may experience worse cold and flu symptoms, which could be explained by the effects of testosterone in the immune system.The Guardian (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 12, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Breast cancer risk once again linked to hormonal contraceptive pills
A study published in theNew England Journal of Medicine reports that the sustained use of birth control pills is associated with a small but significant risk of breast cancer.News Medical (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 12, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Diabetes linked to higher risk of kidney disease
According to a study published inKidney International, kidney disease may increase the risk of diabetes.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 12, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Endocrine Nurse Award winner for 2018 announced
Congratulations to winner of the Endocrine Nurse Award for 2018, Janet Lewis, Endocrine Nurse Specialist at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. Janet has been chosen for the Award due to her leadership in devising recommendations that improve healthcare provision and equality for patients with neuroendocrine tumours.Janet said,“We researched the Welsh Cancer Delivery Plan, amongst other documents. This stated that all patients with cancer should have equal access to treatment regardless of where they lived in Wales and access to a CNS, of which the NET patients had neither. The effect of these recomme...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Department of Health advice on hydrocortisone sodium phosphate shortage
There is currently a shortage of hydrocortisone sodium phosphate 100 mg injection (formerly branded as Efcortesol injection). The sole licensed UK supplier, Concordia, does not expect to be able to supply this product again until late in 2018.The Department of Health (DOH) have commissioned some clinical advice on this matter and Solu-Cortef (hydrocortisone sodium succinate) 100 mg, manufactured by Pfizer, is considered an acceptable alternative during this time.Due to differences in formulation and administration the DOH have also commissioned thisguidance on the use of Solu-Cortef.These videos demonstrate the pr...
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

New treatment pathway for hyperaldosteronism identified
According to a study, published inJCI Insight, an underlying mechanism that causes hyperaldosteronism has been identified, and offers new targets for its treatment, as well as addressing secondary hypertension.Newswise (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Women with PCOS not following recommended health guidelines
According to a study, published inHuman Reproduction, most women with PCOS are aware of their increased risk of long-term health problems but less than half are likely to heed medical advice on reducing these risks.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Comments invited on EU guidance for identifying endocrine disruptors
Expert comments are required on the draft guidance document for identifying endocrine disruptors under EU legislation, before 31 January 2018. This is a public consultation, open to anyone with an interest.EU News (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

New drug target for appetite modulation identified
New research, published inCell Metabolism, has identified a novel mechanism for blocking ghrelin, which may be a new target for anti-obesity therapy.Science Magazine (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 8, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Elevated cortisol levels in pregnant women with PTSD
A study, published in theJournal of Obstetric, Gynecologic& Neonatal Nursing, reports that women with PTSD have elevated cortisol levels, which may adversely affect foetal development.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 7, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Xenoestrogens can impair heart function
A study, published inPLOS Genetics, uses zebrafish models to show how oestrogen-mimicking endocrine disruptors can adversely affect heart physiology.Science Daily (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 7, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Diabetes reversed by low calorie diet
A new study, published in theLancet, reports that type 2 diabetes can be reversed through weightloss, achieved on a very low calorie diet combined with exercise. Guardian (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 7, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Hormone-based contraception raises breast cancer risk
According to a study, published in theNew England Journal of Medicine, lower oestrogen-containing contraceptives still confer an increased risk of developing breast cancer.Reuters (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 7, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Endokinin levels linked to morning sickness and healthy pregnancy
A review, published in theJournal of Molecular Endocrinology,explains how morning sickness, caused by increased levels of placental endokinin, may be an indicator of a healthy pregnancy, and how levels of this hormone are linked to smoking-induced nausea.Independent (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 7, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Aerosol thyroid hormones as lung disease therapy
A study, published inNature Medicine, reports that thyroid hormones can reduce lung scarring in mouse models of pulmonary fibrosis.Medical Xpress (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 5, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

PCOS may be diagnosed by anti-Mullerian hormone levels
According to a study, published inClinical Endocrinology, levels of anti-Mullerian hormone are better predictors of PCOS than testosterone.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 5, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

No additional risks from pausing hormone-sensitive breast cancer therapy
According to a study, published inThe Lancet, the effectiveness of breast cancer therapy was not adversely affected by patients taking a break from long-term hormone treatments.News Medical (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 5, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Acromegaly patients in remission still at increased risk of diabetes
According to a French study, published in theJournal of the Endocrine Society,even acromegaly patients in remission have an increased risk of developing diabetes and related metabolic disorders.Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 5, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Stressed newborns feel more pain, but they don ’t show it
Babies with high levels of stress show an increased brain response to pain, however this effect does not affect their behaviour, according to research inCurrent Biology.Medpage Today (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 1, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Over half of American children will be obese when they get to their 30s
Research inThe New England Journal of Medicine predicts that about 57% of US children today will be obese by the time they are 35 years old. The Guardian (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 1, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Diabetes type incorrectly diagnosed by many doctors
A study inThe Lancet Diabetes& Endocrinology suggests type 1 diabetes affects many more adults than previously thought, as is often misdiagnosed as type 2 diabetes.The Guardian (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 1, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Genetic marker linked to GLP-1 levels and cardiovascular disease risk
Researchers have identified a genetic link between GLP-1 levels and risk of cardiovascular disease that could lead to more personalised patient care, according to a new study inDiabetes Care.Newswise (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - November 30, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news