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.

–Celebrate Superbowl Sunday with this oldie-but-goodie from the New York Times: a study  that investigated the correlation between football game outcomes and calorie consumption found that a losing game can trigger emotional eating habits in fans — meaning that, regardless of who you or your patients are rooting for, snack smart.

New York Times readers from around the country shared their concerns and hopes surrounding the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

–A class-action suit has been filed against Sanofi, NovoNordisk, and Eli Lilly over what lawyers are calling “an ‘insidious’ pricing war” for insulin.

–After a meeting this week with pharmaceutical industry lobbyists, the president has backed off his campaign promise allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices.

–Senate Democrats boycotted a scheduled vote to confirm Representative Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services following unanswered questions surrounding Rep. Price’s investments.

Doctors, nurses, and students from across the country have signed an open letter calling on the Cleveland Clinic to cut “perceived ties” to the presidential administration following the immigration executive order.

Endocrinology Advisor examined strategies that may result in improved inpatient care during residents’ end-of-rotation transitions.

–Endocrinologists and neurologists joined together with the American Diabetes Association to develop a position statement focused on the prevention, treatment, and management of diabetic neuropathy. 

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