endocrinology

02/26/2014 - 11:07

A new study suggests that vitamin D deficiency in older adults leads to compromised immune function. This results in increased risk of diseases including cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. The study, accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, was carried out by researchers in the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, UK and Trinity College and St. James’s Hospital, both in Dublin, Ireland.

 

08/07/2013 - 14:22

An experimental drug designed to block the advance of type 1 diabetes in its earliest stages has proven strikingly effective over two years in about half of the patients who participated in the phase 2 clinical trial.

 

02/12/2013 - 09:43

African-American women battling vitamin D deficiencies need the same dose as Caucasian women to treat the condition, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

 

10/01/2012 - 08:38

A research team led by Dr. Christos Mantzoros, MD, PhD, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, has published new findings elucidating the molecular and clinical role of FNDC5/irisin in humans.

07/26/2012 - 09:59

Congenital hypothyroidism is thyroid hormone deficiency at birth that, if left untreated, can lead to neurocognitive impairments in infants and children.  Although the World Health Organization recommends 200-300 µg of iodine daily during pregnancy for normal fetal thyroid hormone production and neurocognitive development, the US Institute of Medicine considers 1,100 µg to be the safe upper limit for daily ingestion.  A case series scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics describes three infants who developed congenital hypothyroidism as a result of excess maternal iodine supplementation.

03/28/2012 - 10:06

As part of an isolated indigenous group in central Bolivia, Tsimane men spend much of their time hunting, foraging, fishing, and clearing land by hand to grow crops. Their ability to maintain the physical activity required to survive each day might imply they have higher than average male testosterone levels.