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Sugar Guidelines Have Flimsy Evidence, Reports New Study
12/19/2016 - A review of various dietary sugar guidelines has found that recommendations on how much sugar one should consume in a day vary widely and are based on low to very low quality evidence, according to new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  
Low Iron and Low Thyroid: A Link in Pregnant Women?
12/14/2016 - Iron deficiency and hypothyroidism may share a connection, a recent study from Belgium suggests.
Pancreatic Fat: Lifestyle Habits Count More Than Genetics
12/05/2016 - A new study finds that lifestyle habits, not genetics, is the bigger driver affecting how much fat you can accumulate in the pancreas. 
Being Overweight Increases Risk of Liver Cancer
10/27/2016 - A new study published in the journal Cancer Research found that high body mass index (BMI) and a large waist circumference were associated with an increased risk for liver cancer.
Does Hyperthyroid Diagnosis Equal Higher Breast Cancer Risk?
10/16/2016 - A new study has found a link between hyperthyroidism and a slightly higher of breast cancer risk, according to research from NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residence at Concord Hospital, which was presented at the American Thyroid Association's 86th annual meeting. 
Low Thyroid Hormone Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
10/10/2016 - People with prediabetes and low thyroid function were more than twice as likely to progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes compared to those with normal thyroid-hormone levels in a new study published September 30 in the journal BMC Medicine.
How Hackable is the One Touch Ping Pump?
10/06/2016 - More than 100,000 U.S. and Canadian users of the OneTouch Ping Insulin pump learned this week that the pump's technology was hackable and could lead to an insulin overdose. A perspective on the real risk.     
Does Underactive Thyroid Lead To Weight Gain—Or Vice-Versa?
10/03/2016 - New research shows that excess weight may be slowing down the thyroid, instead of a slow thyroid making it easy to pack on the pounds, says Cari Kitahara, PhD, MHS, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute who presented her findings on obesity, thyroid function and weight at the 86th annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Denver Sept. 24.
FDA Approves the First Hybrid Artificial Pancreas
09/28/2016 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved the MiniMed 670G, the first so-called “artificial pancreas” – a device that monitors blood sugar and automatically delivers personalized insulin doses to people with type 1 diabetes. 
Thyroid Cancer: Epidemic or Overdiagnosis?
09/22/2016 - Many experts are now saying that not everyone with thyroid cancer may need immediate treatment—or any treatment at all—according to a Mayo Clinic expert speaking at the opening session of the American Thyroid Associaiton's 86th annual meeting in Denver. 
Eating a Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Hip Fractures
09/11/2016 - A study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine reviewed the bone-protective benefits of several high-quality types of diets, including the DASH diet (used to lower blood pressure) and the Mediterranean diet. 
Experimental Osteoporosis Drug Builds Bone, Cuts Fracture Risk
08/24/2016 - The experimental osteoporosis drug abaloparatide, currently under review by the FDA, worked as well as the only bone-building medication currently on the US market at decreasing fracture risk in a new study. 
Excess Weight May Shrink the Brain's White Matter
08/18/2016 - Those who are overweight or obese at middle age—roughly, age 40—appear to have much less white matter in their brains than people of the same age who are at a healthy weight, according to a new study. The extra weight appears to age their brain a full decade, the researchers found.
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy
08/01/2016 - A  large study from Denmark found that exposure to levothyroxine, used to help a sluggish thyroid (hypothyroidism), had no impact on birth weight and other factors. However, treatment with anti-thyroid medications for overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) was linked with a higher risk of preterm births, low birth weights and infant death.
Soy & Your Thyroid: How Much Is Too Much?
07/28/2016 - Eating large amounts of soy foods may not be good for some women's thyroid functioning, according to new research from Loma Linda University in California.
Levothyroxine for Sluggish Thyroids: Weekly or Daily?
07/05/2016 - Weekly doses of levothyroxine may improve compliance and work as well as daily, study finds. Not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
Obesity: A Gut Reaction to High-Calorie Foods?
06/15/2016 - In a series of experiments carried out in rodents, rearchers at Yale demonstrate that consuming calorically-dense foods spurs changes in the gut’s microbiome that lead to obesity.
Liraglutide Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Deaths
06/12/2016 - Liraglutide (Victoza), a drug used to help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, also reduces the risk of dying from heart disease, new research suggests.
Silent Heart Attacks and Type 2 Diabetes
05/31/2016 - When researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, checked the hearts and medical records of 9,498 people over nine years, they found nearly equal numbers of untreated, silent heart attacks and recognized heart attacks that had received medical attention.
Targeting Brain Signaling Can Reduce Blood Glucose in Diabetic Mice
05/22/2016 - An animal study found that injecting a hormone directly into the brain of rodents put type 2 diabetes in remission for several months, reports the journal Nature Medicine. 
Skip the Fake Sugars While Pregnant
05/16/2016 - A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that babies of women who drank artificially-sweetened beverages while pregnant were 10 percent more likely to be overweight by their first birthday. 
Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Cut Risk for Amputations
05/05/2016 - People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) – including many with diabetes – who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs had a 22-33 percent lower risk of losing a leg or other limb to amputation in a new Emory University study.
Healthful Diet Staves Off Hypertension in Women with a History of Gestational Diabetes
05/04/2016 - Women who have had pregnancy-related diabetes may be able to reduce their future risk of hypertension by maintaining a healthful diet, shows new research published in the journal Hypertension. 
Weight Loss Drug Slashes Prediabetes Risk
04/24/2016 - A higher-dose version of a diabetes medication liraglutide improves weight loss and reverses prediabetes in a new study. 
Common Thyroid Tumor Downgraded to Non-Cancerous
04/19/2016 - An international panel of pathologists and clinicians has decided to rename a type of thyroid tumor—until now deemed malignant—as non-cancerous.
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