Randi Epstein

The Crossroads of Science and Society:

How the Science of Sex Hormones, Genes, and Reproduction Impacts our Day to Day Lives

Randi Epstein Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H. is a freelance medical writer and reporter, lecturer at Yale University and adjunct professor at Columbia University. She is the author of Get Me Out, A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank. Read More...

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Here’s One Way to Fight Fatigue

In the early 1900s, you could buy all kinds of hormone-based tonics claiming to cure everything from cancer to constipation. A meat-packing company, for instance, sold the key ingredients for the hormone supplement “Glanoid Multigland Liquor” (see below). The remedy contained a slurry of liquefied ovaries, thyroids, and pituitaries (a brain gland)—all the stuff they presumably couldn’t sell to butchers.
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Hot Flashes Forever? Maybe

New results from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation  (SWAN) confirmed what many doctors and a few women have known for years: That some menopausal women get hot flashes that last forever. The study tracked more than 3,000 women for some 20 years and found that a fortunate minority never get hot flashes, most of us get them
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A Woman From the Bronx Changed the Landscape of Hormone Research

Last April the Endocrine Society hosted a meeting in Washington D.C. to discuss, what they considered, is the shoddy state of hormone testing. I was reading about the hormone-measuring dilemma in the recent issue of Endocrine News (the Endocrine Society’s newsletter) and it got me thinking that it wasn’t so long ago that doctors considered the amount of hormones in
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