The Handoff: Your Week in Endocrinology News - 6/23/17

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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 recent advisory from the American Heart Association cautions against the ingestion of coconut oil — high in LDL-cholesterol-elevating saturated fats — according to an article published on American Heart Association News.

--Ahead of the impending Senate vote on the American Health Care Act, Vox shares the story of “the littlest lobbyist,” 6-year-old Timmy Morrison, who accrued over $2 million in medical bills during the first 6 months of his life.

--A study out of Ohio State University examined the relationship between BMI in female athletes and the time it takes for stress fractures to heal — and found some bad news for the fittest among us. Women with the lowest BMIs were more likely to experience extended healing times when diagnosed with grade V (nonunion) stress fractures compared to their higher-BMI teammates.

--In a follow up to a 2008 mouse study, researchers at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine conducted a small study examining the efficacy of Gleevec® (imatinib mesylate, Novartis) — a once-daily leukemia drug — in slowing the progression of type 1 diabetes.

--Recent warning letters from the FDA to Flex Fitness, AndroPharm, and Hardcore Formulations call out the companies for marketing unapproved drugs — found to include steroids and steroid-like substances — as dietary supplements.

--Although there can be serious physical consequences to running in extreme heat, the summer weather doesn't have to mess with your workout schedule.

--More  benefits to breastfeeding: a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association and reported on by American Heart Association News found that women who breastfeed are at a 10% lower risk of developing either heart disease or stroke.  

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