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New findings could end the need for type 1 diabetics to take insulin
03/24/2011 - A team of researchers may have discovered a new mechanism in the digestive tract that could lead to improved treatments for type 1 diabetes. The hormone interaction described has similar functions to insulin, and could spare diabetics from the need for insulin injections.
'Frizzled' protein levels may affect osteoporosis development
03/24/2011 - New research has determined that a specific protein signals bone-forming cells to create bone minerals, a finding which may lead to new treatments for osteoporosis.
Drug shown to prevent type 2 diabetes in those with risk factors
03/23/2011 - A medication currently used to treat high blood sugar may help most individuals who are obese and have other metabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes completely avoid developing the condition. The findings could have implications for millions of Americans.
Fish-based diet may delay bone loss, osteoporosis
03/23/2011 - Newly released clinical research has determined that eating fish rich in polyunsaturated fats may help older Americans ward off low bone density and osteoporosis.
Common osteoporosis medication reduces mortality risk in the elderly
03/22/2011 - New research has discovered that bisphosphonates, a medication commonly prescribed for osteoporosis, appears to reduce mortality rates among older adults.
Obese teens show risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes
03/22/2011 - Childhood obesity is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. Now, a new study has found that the condition may be putting millions of teenagers at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and that a poor diet is largely to blame.
Researchers review causes of osteoporosis
03/21/2011 - Besides aging and calcium deficiency, what causes osteoporosis? A pair of physicians associated with the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale Unite in Paris recently laid out the known intrinsic and external causes of osteoporosis.
Many women with postpartum thyroiditis experience hypothyroidism
03/21/2011 - A study conducted in southern Italy has found that most women who experience postpartum thyroiditis (PPT) go through a period of hypothyroidism.
Changing cooking oil may benefit postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes
03/21/2011 - A daily dose of safflower cooking oil may help postmenopausal women who suffer from type 2 diabetes improve many of the symptoms of their condition, according to a new study from Ohio State University researchers.
Researchers test reliability of implements used to measure osteoporotic spines
03/21/2011 - Scientists from McMaster University recently released a report addressing the reliability of two devices commonly used to measure the spines of patients with osteoporosis.
Researchers find amino acids that increase type 2 diabetes risk
03/20/2011 - Measuring five amino acids in the blood may help doctors identify patients who are at the greatest risk of developing type 2 diabetes decades before they present symptoms, according to a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Statement addresses radiation, radioactive iodine, risk of thyroid cancer
03/20/2011 - In the wake of the radiation leaks at Fukushima I Nuclear Plant in Japan, U.S. health officials recently released a statement regarding the disaster's risk to thyroid health.
Delphian node involvement may mean worse outlook for thyroid cancer
03/20/2011 - A new study has determined that when thyroid cancer metastasizes in the Delphian lymph node, there is a higher likelihood that many parts of the neck will be involved as well.
Type 2 diabetes medication may increase risk of heart complications
03/17/2011 - The medication rosiglitazone has been proven effective in reducing the blood sugar of patients with type 2 diabetes. However, it has also been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. A new study has confirmed these risks, and its authors warn that there may be safer alternatives.
Minimally invasive surgery treats osteoporosis-related back fractures
03/17/2011 - Vertebral fractures are the most common forms of broken bones caused by osteoporosis, and a relatively new form of surgery can correct such pressure fractures while leaving a minimal scar.
Study: DNA-transcribing protein affects severity of anaplastic thyroid cancer
03/17/2011 - Anaplastic thyroid cancer is one of the most dangerous varieties of thyroid carcinoma, but a new study may have found at least one genetic controller that determines its severity.
Researchers find mechanism that controls insulin production
03/17/2011 - A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers may have discovered the chemical switch that signals beta cells in the pancreas to begin secreting insulin. They said that their findings could have major implications for treating type 2 diabetes.
Cost of treating type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes disproportionately falls on 10 states
03/16/2011 - A new report from the Institute for Alternative Futures shows that 10 states currently bear a disproportionate segment of the type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes burden in terms of costs, and predicts that the situation will only worsen in the coming years unless something is done to slow the spread of the disease.
Understanding a condition that results in low blood sugar could yield new treatment for type 2 diabetes
03/16/2011 - A potential new treatment for a condition that is essentially the opposite of diabetes could offer hope for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes, as findings from a team of British researchers suggest that it is possible to reverse defects in the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
In Japan, experts say biggest fallout-related risk is thyroid cancer
03/15/2011 - While experts are saying that North Americans are unlikely to be affected by radiation leaks in Japan, they are noting that Japanese citizens may have a higher risk of thyroid cancer.
New device could ease pain of blood sugar testing in people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes
03/15/2011 - One of the more unpleasant aspects of having type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is monitoring blood sugar levels. This often involves somewhat painful pricks on the fingers to draw blood for testing. However, a new system being developed by a team of engineers at Arizona State University may help individuals avoid this process by testing their tears.
HIV makes osteoporotic bone fractures more likely
03/14/2011 - Americans with HIV, who are at special risk for osteoporosis, are at least twice as likely as those without the virus in their system to suffer from bone fractures, according to new research.
Newer drugs may be less effective at treating type 2 diabetes than older options
03/14/2011 - In recent years, pharmaceutical companies have touted their new type 2 diabetes drugs as significant breakthroughs that could lead to much better control of the disease. However, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University recently found that older, less expensive medications may be just effective and carry a lower risk of side effects.
Antioxidants during pregnancy may reduce type 2 diabetes risk in offspring
03/13/2011 - A diet that is rich in antioxidants and low in fat and carbohydrates may help pregnant women protect their unborn children from future obesity and type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new study from Philadelphia Children's Hospital researchers.
Researchers find link between cigarette smoke and type 2 diabetes
03/13/2011 - Exposure to cigarette smoke - even secondhand smoke - can significantly increase an individual's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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