Medical News Today: Could prescription vegetables be the future of healthcare?

The authors of a new study conclude that healthful food prescriptions in Medicare and Medicaid would be more cost-effective after 5 years than preventive drug treatments. As the cost of healthcare rises, could prescription vegetables save money? Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare programs in the United States. Approximately 57 million people received…

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Bisphosphonates increasingly prescribed to the women most likely to benefit

NEW ORLEANS—In recent years, women who start taking bisphosphonates (BPs) to treat osteoporosis and prevent fracture have trended from younger to older and from having osteopenia to having osteoporosis, researchers report. The results of the study will be presented on Saturday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. «Bisphosphonate drugs…

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CPAP machine improves weight loss in dieting adults with obesity, sleep apnea

NEW ORLEANS—When trying to lose weight by cutting calories, people who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in addition to obesity can lose more weight if they treat their sleep disorder with an overnight CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, machine. This finding of a new study will be presented Saturday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine…

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For migraine sufferers with obesity, losing weight can decrease headaches

NEW ORLEANS—For migraine sufferers with obesity, losing weight can decrease headaches and improve quality of life, researchers from Italy and the United States report. The results of their meta-analysis will be presented Saturday, March 23 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. «If you suffer from migraine headaches and are…

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Obesity may play role in reproductive problems in women with type 1 diabetes

NEW ORLEANS—Obesity may play a role in reproductive problems in women with type 1 diabetes, according to a new study to be presented Saturday, March 23 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. Earlier studies have shown that type 1 diabetes is associated with menstrual irregularities and lower rates of…

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Eating later in the day may be associated with obesity

NEW ORLEANS—Eating later in the day may contribute to weight gain, according to a new study to be presented Saturday at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, La. Previous studies have suggested that later timing of eating and sleeping are related to obesity, said lead author Adnin Zaman, M.D., of the…

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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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