Morning Report Newsletter

Don your bomber jacket and aviator shades for this one. The news out of the AACE’s (American Association of Clinical Endocrinology) annual meeting last month was as welcome and long overdue as the Top Gun sequel. The AACE unveiled the first guidelines for the diagnosis and management of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) for—wait for it—primary care providers (PCPs) and endocrinologists. Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!

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Some things we didn’t see coming: the Red Wedding, Tide PODS as a snack, a face slap at the Academy Awards, and certainly not bad press for metformin. This go-to medication has boasted an efficacy and safety profile that are the envy of most drugs, but a new study cautions against its use in would-be fathers.

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Move over, Peloton—wearable fitness devices stand poised to take over as the fitness trend of 2022. But do these devices really work? Researchers conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effectiveness of wearable devices in promoting exercise and weight loss among adults with overweight or obesity.

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Researchers stoked the fires of a feud older than the Capulets and the Montagues, the Jets and the Sharks, and the Starks and the Lannisters. It’s the clash between cat lovers and dog lovers.

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We’ve waited 18 years for this. No, we’re not talking about a sequel to Napoleon Dynamite. We’ll still have to wonder if Kip’s cage fighting-career ever takes off. Instead, we’re talking about the update to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2004 developmental surveillance checklist . . .

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A new pilot study suggests that a nonpharmacologic, cost-free, simple, and quick intervention may help prevent vasovagal syncope (VVS). Excellent! You had us at nonpharmacologic—those treatments are as welcome as pizza and wings on Super Bowl Sunday.

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The ever-insightful George Costanza must have been talking about e-cigarettes when he opined, “This thing is like an onion. The more layers you peel, the more it stinks.”

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It’s that time of year again. As reliably as Tom Brady secures a spot in the playoffs every winter, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) releases its annual updates to the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. This year’s recommendations offer several key changes.

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As you may already know, the use of preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been proven safe and effective in reducing the risk of sexual HIV acquisition. The problem is that it’s not getting prescribed to everyone who needs and wants it.

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In a study that will inevitably be made into a Hallmark movie, researchers have uncovered a remarkable phenomenon: when long-time couples are in close proximity to each other, their heart rates sync up like a crowd of strangers catching the first beats of “We Will Rock You.”

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