Hormone Happenings

 
 
  • Old Hands Help Nurture Next Generation of Endocrinologists To the upcoming generation: Senior endocrinologists have your backs with the Endocrine Society's In-Training Exam. Score 75% on that exam, and you have a 97% chance of passing the ABIM exam.
  • Universal Care Algorithms May Not Work for Everyone Two recent studies illustrate how population diversity can defy the universal approach to diabetes screening and follow-up care
  • Unhealthy Drinking May Worsen After Weight Loss Surgery Patients undergoing bariatric surgery may feel that they've been given a second chance at life. But research shows that unhealthy behaviors can persist, and even get worse, after surgery.
  • Cognitive Function in Diabetes: How to Protect Our Patients Protecting cognitive function, or reversing cognitive decline, in aging patients with diabetes has many uncertainties, but recent studies give important clues on what we can do.
  • Are We Shortchanging Patients With Obesity? Recent studies suggest that patients are capable of greater weight loss than doctors might be giving them credit for. We can help more people benefit than we currently do, says Dr Richard Plotzker.
  • Endos vs YouTube: Whom Do Your Patients Trust? There is a jumble of misinformation available online, says Dr Plotzker, and in these times when people are on their screens more than ever, perhaps doctors should be asking what patients are watching.
  • Hope in the Time of COVID: Reflections on the Pandemic's Aftermath What can we expect in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic? Healthcare workers have lost family, colleagues, and jobs. But perhaps there is a silver lining to all of this after all, says Dr Plotzker.
  • Erectile Dysfunction: Small Symptoms, Big Consequences Erectile dysfunction -- as determined by symptoms, not labs -- may be linked to increased mortality. What does this mean for treatment?
  • These Patients 'Ennoble' Us as Physicians Homeless patients with diabetes are among the most challenging to manage, but they may give struggling physicians a glimpse of the type of doctor they had hoped to become.
  • How About a Troubleshooting Guide for Patients? What would serve patients best would be a readily available checklist, says Dr Plotzker.
  • Cleaning Up Alternative Medicine's Mess Hormone supplementation seems to be alternative medicine's go-to strategy for whatever ails you, says Dr Plotzker. Cleaning up their mess can be quite a challenge.
  • Treating Chronic Opioid Users? Endos, You're On Your Own As opioid consumption moved from illicit use to chronic medical treatment, endocrinologists found themselves dealing with the short- and long-term sequelae. But where are the studies and guidelines?
  • Will Diabetes Be Taken by Cardiology? Not That, Too! The newest antihyperglycemic agents improve cardiovascular outcomes, so who should manage these patients? Blurring the lines of who prescribes what invites some snafus, says Richard Plotzker.
  • Optimal Home Glucose Testing: Sometimes Less Is More How should you determine the frequency and timing of blood glucose testing? Not based on a mass protocol or the presence of insulin therapy, says Dr Plotzker.
  • Endocrinopathy After Cancer Therapy: The Downside of Success With advances in cancer therapy, diseases that were once fatal are becoming chronic disorders, often with adverse endocrine effects.
  • 40 Years of Medicine: Reflections of an Endocrinologist Dr Richard Plotzker shares his thoughts on 40 years of medical practice as he enters retirement.
  • Don't Be so Cavalier About That Non-Hip Fracture Are some fractures a reflection of underlying disease? Dr Plotzker says clinicians should be aware of the medical risks of more distal, non-hip fractures in older patients.
  • Are Rural Counties More Obese Than Others? A recent study found a disproportionate amount of obesity in America's rural counties but could only speculate on why.
  • Tinkering With Levothyroxine: Does It Make a Difference? Most physicians will carefully titrate levothyroxine to help their patients with hypothyroidism reach the TSH value at which they feel their best. But does it actually make a difference?
  • Hypoglycemia, 25 Years After DCCT A new European consortium aims to help clinicians understand the underlying mechanisms and predictors of hypoglycemia in patients with type 1 diabetes.