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The endocrine machine

Horizon magazine endocrine system monthly focus Credit — Shutterstock/ PKpix
Hormones and the endocrine system have a deep impact on human health. Credit — Shutterstock/ PKpix

Hormones are blamed for everything from weight gain to mood swings and this December, Horizon takes a closer look at these chemical regulators and their effects on our bodies and minds. We explore the impact of the so-called love hormone on the human-dog relationship and what it can tell us about social disorders. We find out what’s being done to neutralise the hormone-disrupting chemicals that are found in water and sewage, and we discover the importance of hormonal rhythms in tracking disorders that can lead to obesity, heart disease and osteoporosis.

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