Monday, November 15, 2010

JCEM in the Washington Post

JCEM (The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism) was cited in the article Why the health of pregnant women matters to us all by Annie Murphy Paul in yesterday's edition of the Washington Post. Click on the quotation below to read more.

"In a cleverly designed study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2009, researchers compared children born to the same mothers before and after they'd had successful anti-obesity surgery."

Friday, November 12, 2010

Global Obesity Summit

The Global Obesity Summit wrapped up yesterday at the University of Mississippi in Jackson. Dr. John Hall from the University of Mississippi Medical Center was interviewed by MBJ-TV prior to the summit's kick-off. Here's what he had to say.

Sleep-Deprived Nation

The Philips Center for Health & Well-Being conducted a study that found Americans to be some of the world's worst sleepers, due largely to stress. More disturbingly, AAA determined that insomniacs seem to prefer sleeping behind the wheel versus in a bed. A study by the AAA Foundation found that 2 of every 5 drivers admits to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Free Harvard Guide to Healthy Living

In celebration of reaching 100,000 followers on their Twitter account, Harvard Health Publications is offering a free pdf copy of the Harvard Guide to Healthy Living. Usually this guide costs $6, so get it now while it's gratis!

Graphic Cigarette Packaging: Overkill or Overdue?

Yesterday the F.D.A. rolled out the 36 graphic images that they hope will become the new warning labels on cigarettes. Though similar images are displayed on tobacco packaging in over 30 countries internationally, some feel that they are excessively disturbing. What do you think?

  1. Are the proposed images too explicit or should they have been mandatory from day one?
  2. Overkill Overdue

ENDO 2011 is set for Boston June 4-7

Submit your abstract, apply for awards, and learn more about our 93rd annual meeting & expo here.

Endocrine Society Announces 2011 Laureate Award Winners

And the winners are:

  • Martin Myers, MD, PhD – Ernst Oppenheimer Award.

  • Pierre Chambon, MD – Fred Conrad Koch Award.

  • David Ron, MD – Edwin B. Astwood Award Lecture.

  • William F. Young, MD – Distinguished Physician Award.

  • Tracy Bale, PhD – Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award.

  • Derek LeRoith, MD, PhD – Gerald D. Aurbach Award Lecture.

  • Andrew Hattersley, MD – Clinical Investigator Award Lecture.

  • Paolo Sassone-Corsi, PhD – Roy O. Greep Award Lecture.

  • Ora Pescovitz, MD – Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award.

  • Susan Mandel, MD – Distinguished Educator Award.

  • John H. Nilson, PhD – Sidney H. Ingbar Distinguished Service Award. 

  • For more information, click here

    Press Release: American Medical Association Adopts Endocrine Society Resolution Calling for Standardization of Testosterone Testing

    Chevy Chase, MD-- The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by The Endocrine Society calling for the standardization of testosterone assays, including increased measures of analytical accuracy by laboratory associations and education for clinicians who use the assays. Adoption of this resolution which was co-sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) means that it is now AMA policy and wholly supported by the full House of Delegates.
    The use of testosterone assays for patient care and research is on the rise as new research links testosterone to a variety of diseases and conditions. The assays, or tests, measure testosterone levels to diagnose and treat disorders including: testicular or pituitary diseases in men potentially leading to erectile dysfunction and decreased sexual drive; polycystic ovary syndrome which may cause menstrual disturbances and infertility in women; and early or late pubertal development in children.
    Although testosterone assays are heavily used, the discrepancies and inaccuracies in measurements from the various assays are widespread. The variability in these tests limits their broad and effective use, potentially threatening the health of patients who rely on accurate measurement for their medical care. The Society’s resolution addresses this critical health issue.
    “The standardization of testosterone tests to produce measurements that are accurate, reliable and comparable over time will benefit everyone from the scientists conducting research to the patients and their physicians who rely on the tests for diagnosis and treatment,” said Kelly E. Mayo, PhD, president of The Endocrine Society. “The Society looks forward to working with the AMA and others in the medical community to encourage action needed to ensure testosterone assay standardization.”

     Specifically, the resolution states that:
    • AMA supports efforts to standardize testosterone assays;
    • AMA will work with the appropriate laboratory associations to increase use of analytic accuracy in testosterone assays; and
    • AMA will work with other medical associations to educate clinicians about the variability of testosterone analytical accuracy.
     Following a consensus conference convened by The Endocrine Society and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in February 2010, the Society and a number of other organizations issued recommendations for improving and standardizing testosterone testing in a consensus statement published in the October 2010 issue of the Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010

    JCEM Goes Digital

    The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) now has special features available online! Click here to check it out.

    The Editor-In-Chief of JCEM, Dr. Leonard Wartofsky, MD, created a video message that is also available on the new webpage.

    Monday, November 8, 2010

    It's National Diabetes Awareness Month!

    November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the American Diabetes Association has recruited Brett Michaels as poster boy for the Stop Diabetes campaign. Whether or not you are a Poison fan, you can learn more about this good cause at the Stop Diabetes website.

    P.S. If you happen to be a cinematographer on the side, send in a 30-second video to the campaign and you could win an iPad!

    A Possible Link Between Painkillers & Cryptorchidism

    The root of cryptorchidism (aka undescended testicles) has commonly been thought to be exposure to a polluted environment. But, according a European study discussed today in the Guardian, mild painkillers, such as ibuprofen, consumed during pregnancy can exponentially increase the likelihood of this reproductive disorder in unborn males. Read the full article here.  

    Friday, November 5, 2010


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