The Handoff: Your Week in Endocrinology News - 6/16/17

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The Handoff is a weekly roundup of endocrinology and general medicine news covering various developments in subspecialties, as well as pharmaceutical industry, association, and society news.

--A report out of Thyroid has found that thyroid dysfunction – including hypo- and hyperthyroidism – in women increases cause-specific mortality from conditions like breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. 

--Investigators at Georgia Tech have developed a new transplant technology that may benefit patients with type 1 diabetes. A combination hydrogel-protein improves islet cell transplantations, leading to enhanced function.

--Apple, Google, and Amazon have all entered the race to develop the newest, most cutting-edge technology to improve diabetes management. Most recently, developers have undertaken the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, “focus[ed] on finding ways for the Amazon Echo smart speaker – and its Alexa digital assistant – to assist people with type 2 diabetes in living healthier lives.”

--As insulin prices continue to soar, researchers have begun exploring alternatives. A viewpoint article published in JAMA suggests that synthetic human insulin may be a less expensive solution for patients with type 2 diabetes.

--Eli Lilly and KeyBioscienceAG have announced a new partnership: the companies will join together to develop a dual amylin calcitonin receptor agonist (DACRA) to be used as a therapy for metabolic disorders.

--The doctor's office: a thing of the past? Slate examines the benefits and challenges associated with the “Uberization” of health care as technology start-ups start to take the medical world by storm. 

--Structured care programs may be the answer to easing patient transitions from pediatric to adult care. A Canadian multicenter, randomized trial found that, among adolescents with type 1 diabetes, those who received structured care were more satisfied and reported less emotional burden.

--Another point against refined grains: children of women with gestational diabetes – especially women who ate large amounts of refined grains during pregnancy – may be at a higher risk for developing obesity by age 7.

-- In a retrospective cohort study of patients with papillary thyroid cancer, investigators at Penn State College of Medicine identified a possible correlation between elevated thyroid cancer rates and the 1979 partial meltdown of Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station, observing cancer mutations consistent with radiation exposure

--Visit Endocrinology Advisor's meeting archive to catch up on highlights from the ADA 77th Scientific Sessions.

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