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New non-hormonal form of birth control approved by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has recently approved Phexxi, a new non-hormonal birth control method in the form of a pH altering vaginal gel.


Long reproductive years may increase thyroid cancer risk in women

According to a study published in Women’s Health Issues, the risk for thyroid cancer may be more than double for menopausal women who had 41 or more reproductive years, compared with 30 or fewer reproductive years.


Placental hormones may help detect pregnancy disorders

Testing placental hormone levels may help with early identification of potentially life threatening disorders during pregnancy, according to a study published in Nature Communications Biology.

News Medical

Alcohol consumption during the menstrual cycle may reduce chances of conceiving

New research suggests women who are trying to get pregnant should abstain from alcohol during the second half of their menstrual cycle, and that moderate alcohol consumption may reduce chances of conceiving by up to 44%.

Yahoo News

Consuming fruit daily may lower the risk of diabetes

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, people who eat two pieces of fruit a day may have a 36% lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.

Science Daily

Report from ESPE Summer School Online 2021

ESPE Summer School Online, 4th to 7th May 2021

Professor Stephen O’Rahilly talks about obesity gene on BBC Inside Science

Professor Stephen O’Rahilly, former Society for Endocrinology President, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science show to discuss new research on the genetic component of obesity. The new study, published in Nature Medicine, identified a common variant of the gene MC4 linked to increased body weight. The segment starts around 9 min into the show.

Inside Science

You & Your Hormones awarded Association for Science Education certification

The Society’s public-facing educational resource, You & Your Hormones, has been awarded an Association for Science Education Green Tick. This certification means that You & Your Hormones will now be promoted as an ASE-evaluated resource that can support learning about hormones in schools.

Early menopause may increase risk of stroke

A new study from the Netherlands suggests women who experience menopause before the age of 40 may have a 1.5 times higher risk of stroke, than women who go through it between 50 and 54, according to a study published in Stroke.

Medical Xpress

Vitamin D may not protect from COVID-19

A new study published in PLOS Medicine suggests that vitamin D supplementation may not offer protection from COVID-19, however further clinical trials are needed to confirm this.


Vitamin D deficiency and high BMI may be associated with acne

Vitamin D deficiency and a high body mass index may be linked to greater acne severity, according to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

Medical Bag

New test may help women better understand their hormone cycles

A new test which maps a woman’s hormone cycle using artificial intelligence and blood samples could help improve women's wellbeing, by helping them understand their menstrual cycles.


Detransitioners report a lack of mental and medical support

According to a study published in the Journal of Homosexuality, transgender people who detransition don’t receive enough medical and psychological support from medical and mental health services.


Childhood obesity rates in Northern Ireland becoming major health concern

A new paper published by the Northern Ireland Assembly states that more than a quarter of children in Northern Ireland are classed as overweight or obese, and the low level of activity in children is a major health concern.

BBC News

Self-isolation may cause mental and physical decline for people with endocrine disorders

According to two studies presented at e-ECE 2021, people with pre-existing endocrine disorders, such as diabetes and hypocortisolism, may suffer from physical and mental health deterioration during quarantine and self-isolation due to COVID-19.


Obesity may increase risk of long-term COVID-19

According to a study published in the journal of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, people with obesity may be more likely to suffer from long term complications from COVID-19.

News Medical

Congratulations to Professor Ashley Grossman on being appointed Editor-in-Chief

Our congratulation to Professor Ashley Grossman, former Society for Endocrinology President, on his appointment as Editor-in-Chief of Endocrine Reviews by the Endocrine Society

Professor Grossman is an Emeritus Professor of Endocrinology at the University of Oxford and Professor of Neuroendocrinology at the University of London, who has trained many leading endocrinologists.