57th ERA-EDTA Congress: Virtual Press Conference on Coronavirus and the Kidneys June 5th

May 29, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 affects renal function, and some patients have been known to develop acute kidney injury (AKI). Kidney patients are also at greater risk from coronavirus.  On June 5 at 3.30 pm CEST, experts will convene in a special online Zoom session of the ERA-EDTA (European Renal Association and European Dialysis and Transplant Association). to discuss the relationship between coronavirus and kidney function.

COVID-19 Video Series: A Discussion On Obesity With Harold Bays, MD

May 28, 2020

This week I spoke with Endocrinologist Harold Bays, where we discuss the problem of obesity, and the challenges of working with obese and diabetic patients to help manage their weight and stay healthy. Dr. Bays is the director of the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Research Center, as well as an expert in obesity and lipid medicine, and has some great insights for both clinicians and patients alike.

High Rates of False Negatives in Diagnostic Testing of COVID-19, Says Study

May 27, 2020

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that when testing for the coronavirus, the chance of a false negative result is greater than 1 in 5 and, at times, far higher. The researchers caution that the predictive value of these tests may not always yield accurate results, and timing of the test seems to matter greatly in the accuracy.

Smartphone Eye Exam for Diabetic Retinopathy

May 26, 2020

Scientists at the University of Bonn and Sankara Eye Hospital Bangalore (India) have jointly developed an inexpensive method of screening for vascular changes in the eyes of diabetics- using a smartphone.

Scientists Discover Proteins That Determine How Cells Respond to Fasting

May 26, 2020

Intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting, and other forms of periodic caloric restriction are beneficial to maintain a  healthy body weight and have gained popularity during the last few years.  In response to fasting, cells use autophagy, a cellular self-recycling process, but little is known about how caloric restriction affects this process.  New research published in the journal Cell Reports, describes the proteins cells use to activate the expression of autophagy genes.

Simple Blood Test Could Predict Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

May 25, 2020

Scientists have discovered metabolites in the blood that accurately predict whether a woman who has experienced gestational diabetes during pregnancy will go on to develop type 2 diabetes (T2D) later.  The researchers believe that this simple test could lead to early diagnosis of woman at risk, and interventional treatment.

Study Reports First Known Case of Subacute Thyroiditis After COVID-19 Infection

May 21, 2020

A new case study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, reports on an 18-year-old patient with COVID-19 infection and subacute thyroiditis.

Survey Finds Bone Density Scanning Centers Fall Short

May 20, 2020

According to a global study carried out at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit (MRC LEU, University of Southampton.) in collaboration with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD), the quality of bone density scanning centers is highly inconsistent and needs to be improved.

Infants Exposed to Antibiotics More Likely to Be Obese in Childhood

May 19, 2020

Babies under 12 months of age exposed to antibiotics are at higher risk for developing childhood obesity according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

Glycemic Outcomes Well Managed Under Virtual Diabetes Care

May 18, 2020

A recent study shows that diabetes can be well managed with telehealth visits.