Press Release

Endocrine Press Publishes Guide to Treating Metabolic Emergencies

June 23, 2014

Endocrine Society annual meeting symposium to highlight imprint’s first original book

Chicago, IL—The Endocrine Society’s publishing imprint Endocrine Press released its first original title, Endocrine and Metabolic Medical Emergencies, today during the Society’s annual meeting, ICE/ENDO 2014.

The book advises clinicians on treating acute medical and critically ill patients who experience endocrine and metabolic emergencies such as dangerously low blood sugar or excessive thyroid hormone levels. As hormone health conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis and thyroid disorders become more commonplace, hospitals are seeing more patients who need emergency assessment and treatment for related complications.

“A patient entering the emergency room or ICU may have a complex constellation of health problems, including endocrine conditions,” said the book’s editor, Glenn Matfin, MSc (Oxon), MB ChB, FACE, FACP, FRCP, a consultant physician in the United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS). “Clinicians need practical resources to ensure their patients receive the best possible care, and that is what this book delivers.”

Dr. Matfin previously was Medical Director of the International Diabetes Center and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to this, he was a Senior Physician and Director of the Inpatient Hyperglycemia program at the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

Nearly 100 noted endocrinologists contributed content to the book, including sections on diabetes and other glucose disorders, thyroid conditions, bone diseases and obesity. J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, the Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Dean of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, wrote the foreword.

Dr. Matfin will lead a symposium featuring three of the book’s contributors during ICE/ENDO 2014 at McCormick Place. The event will be held at 5 p.m. June 23. Speakers will include:

  • Henry B. Burch, MD, of Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, will discuss thyroid storm, which can be a potentially life-threatening complication for people with severe thyrotoxicosis, or an excess of thyroid hormone levels.
  • Ashley B. Grossman, MD, FRCP, of the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Churchill Hospital in Oxford, United Kingdom, will speak about emergency treatment for florid Cushing’s syndrome, a condition where a person has excessive levels of glucocorticoids – hormones associated with the stress response – in their blood for a long time period.
  • Joseph G. Verbalis, MD, of Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., will address the treatment of symptomatic hyponatremia, which occurs when the sodium level in the blood drops too low, either acutely or chronically.
The contributors will sign copies of the book following the symposium.

Both print and e-book versions of Endocrine and Metabolic Medical Emergencies are available for purchase on site at ICE/ENDO 2014 and through the Endocrine Society’s online store, https://www.endocrine.org/store. The e-book is available through Amazon and ebrary – an international supplier of e-books to academic, professional, corporate and public libraries.

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Endocrinologists are at the core of solving the most pressing health problems of our time, from diabetes and obesity to infertility, bone health, and hormone-related cancers. The Endocrine Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization of scientists devoted to hormone research and physicians who care for people with hormone-related conditions.

The Society has more than 18,000 members, including scientists, physicians, educators, nurses and students in 122 countries. To learn more about the Society and the field of endocrinology, visit our site at www.endocrine.org. Follow us on Twitter at @TheEndoSociety and @EndoMedia.


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