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Children with type 1 diabetes report positivity

Research findings presented to the 2019 IES Annual Meeting in Galway stated that children who have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes show a high level of positivity regarding school life, home life and partaking in activities, while separate research showed that a significant proportion of children with type 1 diabetes remain inactive. Despite the…

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Benefits of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation discussed

A research presentation given at the 2019 Irish Endocrine Society (IES) Annual Meeting demonstrated how transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) appears to improve diet control among obese patients by alleviating hunger, as well as lowering cholesterol and C-peptide. A group of subjects who were eating a calorie-controlled diet and also received TENS for six weeks…

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High-density lipoprotein particles undergo metabolic activation during obesity

According to research presented in an oral presentation at the IES Annual Meeting, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles undergo metabolic activation during obesity and become dysfunctional. Researchers concluded that “determination of MHI (metabolic HDL index) may provide a novel indicator of metabolic health and guide clinical decision-making”. The study was based upon a hypothesis following a…

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Routine second fine-needle aspiration to assess thyroid nodules not required in many cases

With well-targeted fine-needle aspiration (FNA) in thyroid nodules, there is a low rate of false-negatives and thus a routine second FNA is not required in these cases, according to a research study carried out by researchers at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, and presented at the Irish Endocrine Society Annual (IES) meeting in Galway. There remains concern…

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Unacceptably high rate of diabetic ketoacidosis in Ireland

The frequency of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is “unacceptably high in Ireland,” according to study research presented before the IES Annual Meeting. The researchers stated that the reduction of DKA incidence in Ireland is “an important therapeutic target”. DKA has significant morbidity and long-term adverse impacts on metabolic control, and is a severe complication of type…

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Hadden Lecture outlines the modern management of acromegaly

This year’s Hadden Lecture during the IES Annual Meeting was titled ‘The Modern Management of Acromegaly’, and was delivered by Prof William Drake, Professor of Clinical Endocrinology in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK, who specialises in pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and parathyroid disease. Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that results from too much growth hormone (GH)…

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Workforce shortages creating service delivery challenges

Challenges currently facing endocrinology in Ireland include the need for “more resources, more endocrinology posts, more nursing posts,” according to the IES’s Annual Meeting local organiser. Dr Marcia Bell, Consultant Endocrinologist, Galway University Hospital, who co-ordinated this year’s meeting, told MI that “the highlights [of the meeting] were probably the atmosphere, the collegiality, the collaboration,…

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Cortisol the focus of 2019 IES McKenna lecture

Prof Mark Sherlock delivered this year’s McKenna Lecture at the 2019 IES Annual Meeting, which took place in the Ardilaun Hotel, Co Galway, from 11-12 October. His lecture was titled ‘The Ups and Downs of Cortisol: From Endocrinology to Intracrinology’. Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI), Prof Sherlock, Consultant Endocrinologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, said that…

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Irish Endocrine Society and International Society of Endocrinology Joint Symposium

Irish Endocrine Society & International Society of Endocrinology Joint Symposium Dr Aonghus O’Loughlin, Dr Stephen Hunter. Irish Endocrine Society & International Society of Endocrinology Joint Symposium Dr Dilep Kumar, Dr Hafiz Muhamad Zia-Ul– Hussnain, Dr Elsheikh Ali. Irish Endocrine Society & International Society of Endocrinology Joint Symposium Prof Mark Sherlock, Prof Richard Ross. Irish Endocrine…

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