Another possible consequence of the opioid epidemic: hormone deficiencies

NEW ORLEANS—Many people who use opioid medications long term do not produce enough testosterone or another important hormone, cortisol, according to a new study. Results of what the researchers called «the most up-to-date and most comprehensive clinical review of endocrine effects of long-term opioid use» are being presented Sunday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s…

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Improved PCOS symptoms correlate with gut bacterial composition

NEW ORLEANS—Symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) improved with exposure to healthy bacteria in the gut, according to a study in a mouse model of this common women’s endocrine disorder. The study results will be presented Monday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. This study builds on recent research…

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Sperm DNA damage may contribute to repeat miscarriages

NEW ORLEANS—Some cases of recurrent pregnancy loss may be caused by sperm DNA damage in the male partner, rather than by a problem in affected women, according to research to be presented Sunday, March 24 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. Between 1 and 2 percent of couples have…

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Ovary function is preserved in transgender men at one year of testosterone therapy

NEW ORLEANS—Transgender men preserve their fertility potential even after one year of treatment with the male hormone testosterone, according to a study that will be presented Saturday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. «Our research shows for the first time that after one year of testosterone treatment, ovary function…

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A1c test misses many cases of diabetes

NEW ORLEANS—Using the hemoglobin A1c blood test to diagnose diabetes tends to underestimate the prevalence of the disease, according to a new study to be presented Saturday, March 23 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. «Based on our findings, A1c should not be solely used to determine the prevalence…

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Older adults with type 1 diabetes often not aware of hypoglycemia

NEW ORLEANS—Older adults with type 1 diabetes typically have low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, for more than an hour a day, suggests research to be presented Monday, March 25 at ENDO 2019, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in New Orleans, La. Those who are not aware their blood sugar is too low can…

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New hybrid closed loop insulin pump proves hard to use for some patients with diabetes

NEW ORLEANS—Among first-time users of a new insulin pump that automatically delivers insulin to people with type 1 diabetes, nearly one-fifth stopped using the device, primarily because of difficulties meeting the technical demands system, researchers say. Results of a real-world study of the hybrid closed loop insulin pump (Medtronic MiniMed 670G) will be presented Sunday…

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Medical News Today: What is the difference between a cyst and a boil?

Cysts and boils both cause lumps to form under the skin. They are often similar in appearance, but their causes and treatment are not the same. In this article, we provide an overview of cysts and boils, including their causes, symptoms, and treatment. We also explain how a person can tell the difference between the…

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