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May 31 2016

ECE 2016 is in the news

With more than 3000 attendees and just over 1400 abstracts with cutting-edge endocrine research, ECE 2016 is in the sights of journalists worldwide. This year the European Society of Endocrinology issued six press releases for abstracts of public interest. 423 print, online and broadcast publications have covered this year’s Congress so far in 31 countries worldwide. Here’s a roundup of the press coverage:

Chandima Balasuriya (Norway) is quoted in the Daily Mirror and Daily Express after presenting her work on the influence of prematurity and low birth weight on peak bone mass. Few studies have previously looked at the influence of low birth weight on adult bone mass and Dr Balasuriya’s study shows the importance of ensuring these children get a diet rich in calcium, Vitamin D and combine this with weight-bearing exercises. Further coverage of the study is found in China, India, Netherlands and Hungary.

Endocrine disruptors are also in the news after Katia Jedeon and Sylvie Babajko (France) present a study at 11:45AM today on the link between BPA, vinclozolin and tooth enamel. The team at Corderliers Research Center reported that amelogenesis is modulated by androgens and so anti-androgenic compounds found in plastic bottles or fungicides can disrupt the process. The study is featured in the Daily Mail, the world’s most read online news website and the Irish Examiner.

Coverage of Giovanni Lombardi’s study from the Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi (Italy) continues to prove that bone research is of particular public interest this year. His team’s work sheds light on the role of osteocalcin in whole body metabolism and builds on previous work on the long-term effects of weight-bearing exercises on bone health. Coverage is in the Daily Mail.

Be sure to check out Becky McCall’s piece interviewing Professors Ilpo Huhtaniemi and Bulent Yildiz for Medscape on what they are most excited about at this year's Congress. Another piece in Medscape follows Ayse Zengin’s (UK) study on the relationship between lower-limb muscle strength and tibial outcomes in ageing men. The findings highlight the importance of looking not only at muscle mass but also various components of strength to determine fracture risk as men age.

Tim Korevaar's work on hyperthyroid women at risk of preeclampsia has been picked up by the Nursing Times. The findings suggest that measuring hCG as well as thyroid hormones may help doctors better interpret thyroid function tests in pregnant women and help avoid unnecessary treatment.

Finally, the work of Professor Matthias Laudes on gut bacteria diversity and obesity is featured in the Daily Mail. The work investigates the long-term impact of very low calorie diets on the gut microbiome, and if this sheds light on why so many dieters put weight back on. Further coverage is in Italian.

To see all press releases issued for ECE 2016, check out the European Society of Endocrinology media office page.

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