The Handoff: Your Week in Endocrinology – 1/13/17

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.

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning about potential vulnerabilities in the cybersecurity of St. Jude Medical’s radio frequency-enabled implantable cardiac devices and Merlin@home Transmitter that would allow an unauthorized user to remotely access the device.
  • This week, the premier issue of the Endocrine Society’s first open access journal, Journal of the Endocrine Society, appeared online, marking the Society’s first new journal in nearly 3 decades.
  • In light of the pending repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), House Republicans voiced concerns about its replacement, calling for more “specifics” before they move forward.
  • Female trauma patients appear to be less likely to receive appropriate blood clot prevention treatment than male trauma patients. To remedy this problem, a team at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore have developed a checklist that may mitigate the existing gender bias.
  • According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, artificial sweetener consumption has jumped up 200% among children and 54% among adults from 2009 to 2012.
  • Of all species, only humans appear to have religion and science, according to an article published in the LA Times. To find out more, researchers are delving into the effects of religion on the brain.
  • In a mouse study published in Science Translational Medicine, researchers investigated how to improve healing of bone fractures in diabetes.