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Study analyzes metastases of medullary thyroid cancer
06/19/2011 - Public health authorities are aware of the most common sites of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) metastases, but a new study from France's Institut Gustave Roussy and the University Hospital in Tours has tabulated the prevalence of the more unusual sites to which the disease can spread.
Researchers uncover potential genetic link behind higher rates of type 2 diabetes among African Americans
06/19/2011 - African Americans are known to have higher rates of type 2 diabetes than Caucasians, but the reasons behind this association are not well understood. Now, a new study suggests that the answer may lie in their genes.
Excessive TV viewing may be linked to increased type 2 diabetes risk
06/15/2011 - Watching TV is the most commonly reported activity in the U.S. after working and sleeping, but a new study suggests that overindulging in television viewing may be associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications.
Preventing the breakdown of insulin may be possible with new treatment for type 2 diabetes
06/14/2011 - A new study out of the Mayo Clinic in Florida suggests that it may be possible to control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by preventing the breakdown of insulin, rather than continually working to boost insulin levels.
Type 2 diabetes may increase risk of second stroke or heart attack, study finds
06/13/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who have suffered a heart attack or stroke may be significantly more likely to experience a second cardiovascular event, according to a new study from researchers at Vanderbilt University.
LRP5 gene may control bone density, potentially leading to osteoporosis treatments
06/12/2011 - Flipping a genetic switch that controls specialized cells in human bone may one day be an effective way to reverse osteoporosis, according to researchers at the Children's Hospital Boston.
High-fat diet may damage weight-regulating process in the brain, increasing type 2 diabetes risk
06/12/2011 - Many overweight individuals have had the experience of trying unsuccessfully to lose weight. This contributes to the obesity epidemic that is putting millions of people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Many young people with type 2 diabetes have impaired cardiovascular function
06/09/2011 - As a symptom of the childhood obesity epidemic, many young people are testing positive for type 2 diabetes, something that was previously thought to be nearly impossible. Now, a new study suggests that the condition may be taking a toll on the cardiovascular health of adolescents.
Loss of citrate may result in thinning bones, osteoporosis
06/09/2011 - While bones need vitamin D and calcium to avoid becoming brittle or developing osteoporosis, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have announced that the compound citrate may contribute to bone strength, too.
Researchers use genetic therapy to cure type 1 diabetes in mice
06/08/2011 - A team of Baylor College of Medicine researchers may have identified a genetic therapy that can stimulate the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells and reverse the symptoms of type 1 diabetes, according to a recent presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Endocrine Society.
Sprinter stays positive after treatment for papillary thyroid cancer
06/08/2011 - Though he was redshirted with a foot injury in 2010 and diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer in December of that year, collegiate sprinter Jeff Gudaitis has been recovering well and staying positive.
Celiac disease quadruples risk of osteoporosis
06/07/2011 - For individuals who are not otherwise at risk for osteoporosis, having celiac disease puts them at more than four times the risk of developing progressive bone loss, according to researchers from the Lancaster University School of Health and Medicine.
Hormone therapy for prostate cancer may raise type 2 diabetes risk
06/07/2011 - Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a common treatment for men with aggressive forms of prostate cancer and has saved countless lives. However, a new study from a team of Philippine researchers suggests that the treatment may also raise a man's risk of type 2 diabetes.
Mild hyperthyroidism may increase risk of death among the elderly
06/06/2011 - According to a team of Italian researchers from the University of Parma, having mild, asymptomatic hyperthyroidism - a form of thyroid disease in which the gland overproduces thyroid hormones - can dramatically increase the risk of death among the elderly.
Researchers work to develop new artificial pancreas technology for use in type 1 diabetes treatments
06/06/2011 - A new artificial pancreas system being developed by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could potentially save individuals with type 1 diabetes from the persistent demands of regularly checking blood sugar levels, its inventors said.
Excess fat consumption during pregnancy is shown to increase type 2 diabetes risk in future generation
06/05/2011 - Obesity during pregnancy is known to increase a child’s future chance of being overweight and developing type 2 diabetes. However, a new study from a team of University of Illinois researchers suggests that a fatty diet during pregnancy may be just as great a risk as excess weight.
Extent of facial wrinkles may indicate postmenopausal osteoporosis risk
06/05/2011 - Recent scientific inquiry conducted at Phoenix's Kronos Longevity Research Institute has indicated that the severity of a postmenopausal woman's facial wrinkles may predict her risk of osteoporosis.
Protein tests predict recurrence of papillary or follicular thyroid cancer
06/02/2011 - Some experts are unsure of the ability of protein-based tests to predict the return of thyroid carcinomas, which is why a team of scientists recently monitored the recurrence of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) or follicular thyroid cancer (FTC) among patients given serum thyroglobulin (Tg) assays.
Researchers say late-life increases in calcium may not reduce osteoporosis-related fracture risk
06/01/2011 - Consuming calcium is an important way to prevent osteoporosis, but new research has suggested that after years of poor diet, a late-life move to supplementation of the mineral may not reduce the risk of fractures or bone loss.
Study of thyroid cancer in Italy points to better surveillance, not higher incidence
05/31/2011 - A survey of 15 years' worth of data mined from Italy's cancer registries has found that though diagnoses of the disease have increased over time, this surge appears to be due mainly to improvements in medical surveillance and tumor detection.
Researchers find new indicators of gestational diabetes risk
05/26/2011 - It may be possible for doctors to predict a woman's risk of developing gestational diabetes up to seven years before she becomes pregnant through blood sugar testing and body weight assessments, according to a new study out of the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.
Natural substance may improve insulin sensitivity and limit fatty liver deposits in individuals with type 2 diabetes
05/25/2011 - A natural substance known as dilauroylphosphatidylcholine, or DLPC, has been shown by a recent study to reduce fatty deposits in the liver and improve insulin sensitivity, two major problems among individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Drug pairing may raise blood sugar, putting type 2 diabetics at risk
05/25/2011 - The antidepressant Paxil and cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol are commonly prescribed in conjunction with one another, but a new study indicates that the combination may lead to dangerous increases in blood sugar in all patients, particularly those with type 2 diabetes.
Broken ankles do not necessarily indicate osteoporotic fracture risk among aging women
05/25/2011 - Though a number of studies have associated hip and vertebral pressure fractures with an increased likelihood of osteoporosis, a new study from a team of Canadian researchers indicated that broken ankles do not confer a greater risk of subsequent osteoporotic fractures among women age 50 or older.
Study links fruit, vegetable consumption to lower osteoporosis risk in mature women
05/24/2011 - In order to explore the connection between diet and osteoporosis, a team of Canadian scientists recently conducted a medical literature review of all articles dealing with the link between bone health and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
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