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ESE Daily News Alert - 17 December 2020

Sucrose associated with lower levels of appetite-regulating hormones

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism, sugary drinks that contain sucrose rather than glucose may lower levels of appetite-regulating hormones and increase feelings of hunger.

Science Daily

Transgender women retain athletic advantages after hormone therapy

Transgender women retain athletic advantages over cisgender women for 1-2 years after starting gender-affirming hormone therapy, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.


Tavistock study reveals new insights about puberty blockers

A study that began in 2011, run by the Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service, reveals that 98% of children treated for gender dysphoria with puberty blockers at the Tavistock Centre, also went on to take cross-sex hormones.

BBC News

Obesity increases cancer cell growth

According to a mouse study published in Cell, high-fat diets provide more fat molecules to allow cancer cells to outcompete immune cells for energy to grow, accelerating tumour growth.

Science Daily

Experts believe vitamin D may not protect from COVID-19

Experts from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) believe there is not enough evidence to suggest that taking vitamin D supplements protects or improves recovery from COVID-19.

Sky News

Vitamin D deficiency common in Asians and Black Africans living in the UK

According to a large-scale population study published in Clinical Nutrition, over 50% of Asians and more than a third of Black Africans living in the UK are deficient in vitamin D and at risk of developing respiratory and musculoskeletal problems.

Science Daily

Recent report reveals the health threats from endocrine-disrupting chemicals

A report from the Endocrine Society and the International Pollutants Elimination Network provides the latest information about different endocrine-disrupting chemicals, where they come from, and the effects they are having.


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