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Intervention Programs Help Women with Gestational Diabetes Lose More Weight
05/06/2011 - Lifestyle intervention programs that target diet and exercise habits may help women who experience gestational diabetes retain less weight during pregnancy and reduce their future risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the Kaiser Permanente Foundation.
Studies recommend maintaining current protocol for radioactive iodine treatment of thyroid cancer
05/06/2011 - Though a significant body of research recommends that all patients who have been given radioactive iodine 131 (I-131) for thyroid cancer be hospitalized overnight, two new studies suggest keeping the procedure outpatient.
Antibody test predicts risk of thyroid disease after pregnancy
05/05/2011 - Women who are pregnant have a moderate risk of suffering from postpartum thyroid disease, which is why a Czech group of clinicians and biotechnicians recently tested the rate at which patients with a particular antibody develop thyroid problems after giving birth.
Silencing a protein could turn fat cells into energy burners in individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/05/2011 - Silencing the neuropeptide Y (NPY) protein in the brain may turn adipose tissue into a type of fat that burns excess energy rather than storing it, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers. The findings could have major implications for obese individuals who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Late sleepers eat more calories and have higher BMIs, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/05/2011 - Individuals who regularly stay up late may be more likely to eat excess calories and have a higher body mass index (BMI), putting themselves at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to new research out of Northwestern University.
Electrolyte disorder boosts fracture risk in elderly, but connection to osteoporosis is unclear
05/04/2011 - Dutch researchers recently confirmed what several prior reports have suggested about the blood disease hyponatremia - namely, that low levels of sodium in the blood can increase the risk of fractures in elderly people with or without osteoporosis.
Physical activity leads to significant improvement in blood sugar control for type 2 diabetics
05/04/2011 - A structured exercise program, whether it includes aerobic workouts or resistance training, may help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control, according to a new study from a team of Brazilian researchers.
Dietary changes may preclude some prescriptions for osteoporosis, researchers say
05/03/2011 - While a number of prescription medications exist to reverse the bone loss associated with osteoporosis, a recent survey of medical literature indicated that many patients should first look into getting more calcium and vitamin D in their diets or through supplementation.
Researchers connect poor sleep and uncontrolled blood sugar in type 2 diabetics
05/03/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who sleep poorly at night may be more insulin resistant and have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels than those who sleep well, according to a new study from a team of University of Chicago researchers.
Researchers discover why some type 2 diabetes medications cause weight gain
05/03/2011 - Thiazolidinedione (TZD) medications may be effective at lowering blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes, but they have also been shown to cause significant weight gain. This can be a major health risk for individuals who are already more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
Medication for hypothyroidism may boost fracture risk
05/03/2011 - Elderly patients taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism may be at an increased risk for bone fractures, according to a new report released by the University of Toronto.
Current testing measures may miss many children at risk for type 2 diabetes
05/02/2011 - An early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can play an important role in successfully treating the condition, but researchers from Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics have found that standard testing measures may be insufficient for diagnosing the condition in obese children.
Adults with and without osteoporosis are still falling short of target calcium intakes
05/02/2011 - Among all the minerals in the human body, calcium is the most abundant, which is one reason a group of Connecticut researchers has said that elderly Americans and those with osteoporosis still need to increase their dietary calcium consumption.
New study shows it may be possible to turn pancreatic cells into insulin producers in people with type 1 diabetes
04/29/2011 - A team of researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) may have discovered a mechanism that could turn cells in the pancreas into insulin-producing beta cells, thereby eliminating the need to take insulin injections among individuals with type 1 diabetes.
Medical costs are higher for children with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes than healthy youths
04/28/2011 - Young people who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes have significantly higher annual medical expenses than children who do not have the disease, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to type 2 diabetes risk in Caucasians, study finds
04/27/2011 - Vitamin D deficiency may contribute to racial differences in the way fat is stored in the body and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes among obese Caucasian children, according to a new study from a team of University of Pittsburgh researchers.
Researchers identify amino acids that may explain the benefits of gastric bypass surgery for type 2 diabetics
04/27/2011 - Lower levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) may explain why obese individuals with type 2 diabetes who opt for gastric bypass weight loss surgery are often able to improve their blood sugar control even before they lose any weight, according to a new study out of Duke University.
Case report describes misdiagnosis of papillary thyroid cancer
04/27/2011 - The importance of correctly pinpointing papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) was recently highlighted in a case report describing the misdiagnosis of the disease as carcinoma of the lungs.
Nutrient in tangerines shown to limit type 2 diabetes risk
04/26/2011 - The antioxidant nobiletin, which occurs naturally in high levels in tangerines, may help individuals avoid the symptoms of metabolic syndrome and prevent them from developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a group of University of Western Ontario researchers.
Alone, low vitamin D counts may not indicate need to test for osteoporosis
04/26/2011 - While countless health authorities recommend regularly consuming vitamin D in order to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a group of British scientists has released findings indicating that on its own, a deficiency of the nutrient may not be enough to merit a bone scan.
Medicines may one day target papillary thyroid cancer based on its genetic source
04/25/2011 - Given that thyroid cancer is a disease that originates in mutations of DNA, an Italian researcher recently reviewed the state of genomic medicine, a healthcare field that has the potential to treat malignancies at the genetic level.
Researchers look at protein that may contribute to development of type 1 diabetes
04/25/2011 - Low levels of the protein interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) may predict an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes in children, according to a study currently being conducted by researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University.
In mildest cases of thyroid cancer, radioactive iodine therapy may be unnecessary
04/22/2011 - While radioactive iodine is routinely prescribed to treat many forms of thyroid cancer, a group of New York researchers stated that this therapy may be unnecessary or even dangerous among patients with the mildest forms of the disease.
New study describes molecular process that causes type 1 diabetes
04/22/2011 - A team of scientists from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research has identified a group of previously unknown immune system cells that may play a major role in the development of type 1 diabetes. The researchers believe that their findings could lead to the creation of new medications to suppress these cells and help individuals avoid the condition.
New medication may limit kidney damage in individuals with type 2 diabetes
04/22/2011 - A new medication developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego may improve kidney function in individuals with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease, and help them avoid end-stage renal disease, according to a new study from the group.

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