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No timing advantage for hydrocortisone treatment in children

According to a Dutch study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, there is no benefit of morning vs. evening hydrocortisone administration for 21-hydroxylase deficiency in children and adolescents.

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Stress hormones impair immunity and increase the risk of inflammatory gut conditions

According to a mouse study, published in Nature Communications, stress hormones are able to reduce our immune protection from harmful gut bacteria and can lead to inflammatory flare ups, such as Crohn’s disease.  

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Dexamethasone effectively reduces COVID-19 deaths despite diabetes concerns

Dexamethasone effectively reduces COVID-19 deaths but potential diabetic-like complications should be monitored, according to a study presented at the recent Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Edinburgh.


Cost of menopause treatment to fall in UK

The UK government has approved a bill to reduce the costs of hormone replacement therapy for women going through the menopause. The new annual charge is expected to save women over £200 per year on prescription charges.

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No evidence found linking HRT and increased dementia risk

A large study investigating the risk of dementia in women taking HRT for menopause symptoms has reassuringly found no evidence of a link, the results are published in the BMJ.

High levels of stress hormones lead to cardiovascular disease

Elevated levels of stress hormones predispose people with normal blood pressure to develop high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in Hypertension.

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