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Researchers use genetic therapy to cure type 1 diabetes in mice
06/09/2011 - 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
06/09/2011 - 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
06/08/2011 - 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
06/08/2011 - 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
06/07/2011 - 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
06/07/2011 - 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
06/06/2011 - 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
06/06/2011 - 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
06/03/2011 - 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
06/02/2011 - 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
06/01/2011 - 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
05/27/2011 - 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
05/26/2011 - 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
05/26/2011 - 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
05/26/2011 - 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
05/25/2011 - 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.
Type 2 diabetes patients may be more likely to contract tuberculosis
05/25/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are already known to be at an increased risk of several other diseases, including heart disease, kidney failure and neuropathy. Now, a new study from researchers at the University of Texas has found that they may also be more likely to acquire tuberculosis (TB).
Low-fat diet may be more important for lowering type 2 diabetes risk than losing weight
05/24/2011 - Doctors commonly advise overweight individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes to lose weight. However, a new study out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that this may not be the most important recommendation.
Weight gain between pregnancies shown to increase risk of gestational diabetes
05/24/2011 - In women who experience two pregnancies, too much weight gain in the interim may predict an increased risk of gestational diabetes during the second pregnancy, according to a new study from the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research.
Questionnaire helps doctors predict female non-adherence to osteoporosis medications
05/24/2011 - Because individuals who neglect to take treatments for bone loss are at a high risk for fractures, scientists at Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently created a series of questions designed to help physicians predict which patients will not adhere to their osteoporosis medications.
Thyroid cancer co-occurs with Hashimoto's thyroiditis more often than with Graves' disease
05/24/2011 - Individuals with autoimmune thyroid diseases tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer of the gland, which is one reason why researchers at Japan's Ito Hospital recently tabulated the incidence of thyroid tumors among patients with Graves' disease (GD) or Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT).
Inflammation may be behind diabetic nephropathy in individuals with type 2 diabetes
05/23/2011 - Changes that control inflammatory responses within the kidneys may be the root cause of severe nephropathy stemming from type 2 diabetes, according to a team of researchers from the University of Louisville.
Synthetic parathyroid hormone, supplements may help heal osteoporosis-related stress fractures
05/23/2011 - Because the long-term use of certain osteoporosis medications paradoxically increases the risk of stress fractures, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco recently investigated the potential that synthetic parathyroid hormone has for treating such injuries.
Arterial plaque test may accurately predict risk for cardiovascular complications among type 2 diabetics
05/23/2011 - Testing for coronary artery calcium levels may be an effective way to indentify type 2 diabetes patients who are at the greatest risk of dying at a young age from a cardiovascular event, according to the results of a new study out of Wake Forest University.
Scientists explore how thyroid cancer metastasizes, often staying dormant for years
05/23/2011 - Distant metastases of thyroid cancer can dramatically reduce a patient's likelihood of survival, which is one reason why a scientist at the Ohio State University College of Medicine recently reviewed the current clinical understanding of how thyroid carcinoma cells migrate.

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