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ESE Daily News Alert - 28 May 2021

Gene mutation found to cause weight gain

According to new research, published in Nature Medicine, a mutation of the MC4 gene could contribute to increased body weight of up to 16kg or 35lb in carriers. Approximately 1 in 340 people are thought to have this variant, which is involved in appetite control.

The Times

Severity of COVID-19 linked to low testosterone in men

A new study, published in JAMA Network, Open, indicates that men with low testosterone levels are more likely to have more serious COVID-19 symptoms.

Medical Xpress

Psychological impact of social isolation during lockdowns could have long-term adverse effects on health

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, social isolation and mass quarantine on psychological wellbeing were presented at the recent European Congress of Endocrinology. The studies confirmed that detrimental effects on mental health are evident and that people with pre-existing conditions were even more vulnerable. 

Medical Xpress

Running is best exercise for building strong bones

According to an Italian study, presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology, running increases bone strength more than cycling or swimming. The findings suggest that those at risk of weak bones should consider running as their main form of exercise.

MSN News

Testosterone treatment may decrease the risk of liver disease in men with obesity

Testosterone treatment in men with obesity and type 2 diabetes may decrease their risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to a study presented at the recent European Congress of Endocrinology.

Medical Xpress

Study reports that PCOS increases risk of COVID-19 infection

Women with PCOS have a much greater risk of developing COVID-19, according to research published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The large, UK-based study suggests that healthcare policy needs to change to make women with PCOS aware of this additional risk. 

Yahoo News

Ketogenic diet linked to improved glucose control and testicular function in overweight men

A ketogenic diet can help increase testosterone levels and aid weight loss in overweight men, according to a study presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology 2021. 


Gestational diabetes is associated with an increased risk of women developing type 2 diabetes in the future

A long-term study, presented at the recent European Congress of Endocrinology 2021, reports that women who have gestational diabetes are more likely to develop diabetes later in life. 

Medical Xpress

Body clock disruptions caused by shift working may increase the risk of irregular periods and endometriosis

According to new research, presented at the recent European Congress of Endocrinology 2021, shift working is associated with body clock disruptions and irregular periods, and may increase the risk of developing endometriosis. 

The Times of India

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