Hormone Happenings

 
 
  • 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.
  • Formulary Snafus In an era of competing formularies and demands for preauthorization, taking a prescription to the pharmacy is often the beginning of a frustrating misadventure for patients and physicians alike.
  • Sometimes Doctors Need to Be Nudged A good electronic record system can help doctors remember to do what they wanted to do anyway.
  • ENDO 2018: What to Expect It's a meeting where nobodies rub elbows with somebodies, camaraderie is created, and the quantity of ideas proves that endocrinologists are 'pretty worthy people,' says Dr Richard Plotzker.
  • Defending the Cornerstones of Endocrinology The government's recent 'ban' on seven science words prompted endocrinologist Richard Plotzker to reflect on their significance in medicine and especially in the field of endocrinology.