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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.
Certain pesticides are linked to hypothyroidism
03/13/2011 - A number of studies have associated certain pesticides with an increased risk of hypothyroidism and other thyroid diseases.
Bisphosphonates reduce osteoporosis, not plaque, researchers say
03/13/2011 - A team of dental researchers has determined that the use of a class of anti-osteoporosis drugs appears to reduce periodontal disease but not plaque in postmenopausal women.
UN releases report on Chernobyl survivors with thyroid cancer
03/11/2011 - The biggest negative health impact caused by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster is the subsequent increase in Ukrainian thyroid cancer rates, according to a new United Nations (UN) report.
Disease management programs help type 2 diabetics improve their condition
03/11/2011 - Type 2 diabetes can be difficult to control. Many people don't fully understand how aspects of their lifestyle can impact their condition or the best ways to take charge of their symptoms.
Study: Arzoxifene beats raloxifene in treating postmenopausal osteoporosis
03/10/2011 - An international team of researchers has announced that arzoxifene is more effective than raloxifene in treating osteoporosis among postmenopausal women.
Women who eat a poor diet during pregnancy increase their child's type 2 diabetes risk
03/10/2011 - Women who eat an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may be putting their offspring at risk for later developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Researchers discover protein that determines body types associated with type 2 diabetes
03/10/2011 - A single protein may be responsible for determining whether a person is pear-shaped or apple-shaped, according to a new study from a team of British researchers. The finding could also help doctors understand why some people are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than others.
Task force recommends new osteoporosis screening protocols
03/09/2011 - A government task force organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released new guidelines concerning the age at which Americans should begin getting regularly screened for osteoporosis.
Mediterranean diet cuts risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes
03/09/2011 - A Mediterranean-style diet may help reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions that increases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from a team of Greek researchers.
Japanese scientists analyze use of surgeries for papillary thyroid cancer
03/09/2011 - A group of scientists from Kuma Hospital, Japan, recently published a report analyzing the frequency and necessity of two common treatments for papillary thyroid cancer - the thyroidectomy and lymph node dissection.
Radioactive iodine does not boost recurrence of thyroid cancer in Chernobyl survivors
03/08/2011 - A group of Russian and Japanese scientists has determined that people exposed to radiation during the Chernobyl disaster are unlikely to develop recurring papillary thyroid cancer as a result of subsequent treatment with radioactive iodine.
Scientists find genetic origin of rare osteoporosis-causing disorder
03/08/2011 - Individuals who have Hajdu-Cheney syndrome, which is a rare, inherited disorder, are virtually guaranteed to develop severe osteoporosis. Now, an international team of geneticists and bone health experts reports having found the genetic sequence that causes the condition.
Researchers find 'diabetes belt' running through Southern U.S.
03/08/2011 - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a group of states that officials are referring to as the "diabetes belt" of the U.S. for its high rates of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The officials said that identifying these states could help them direct resources to prevent the disease.
Overweight teens may experience precursor to osteoporosis
03/07/2011 - Excess body weight can increase the risk of a number of health issues, including osteoporosis. A team of pediatricians from the Medical College of Georgia recently reported that bone loss, which is a risk factor for osteoporosis, can start as early as adolescence among overweight teens with health risk factors.
Diabetics face heightened risk of premature death
03/07/2011 - Despite the widespread belief that type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes can be cared for relatively easily, individuals with the disease still die much earlier than healthy people, according to a new study from University of Miami researchers.
Researchers think type 2 diabetes risk may be in the air
03/07/2011 - Endocrinologists are increasingly coming to the belief that pollutants in the air may increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Research has suggested that there may be a correlation. Now, a new study will try to confirm the link.
Single gene may be responsible for increased type 2 diabetes risk
03/04/2011 - A variation of a single gene may be responsible for an increased type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new study from a team of Italian researchers. The findings could have important implications for the diagnosis and treatment of the condition in the future.
Researchers explore atypical treatments for medullary thyroid cancer
03/04/2011 - Given that the survival rate for medullary thyroid cancer is not as optimal as those of more common forms of the disease, researchers in Germany have been exploring alternative treatments for instances in which medullary carcinomas do not respond well to radioactive iodine treatment.
Antioxidant found in tomatoes may reduce risk of osteoporosis
03/04/2011 - Researchers from the National Center for Food Safety and Technology and the Illinois Institute of Technology have affirmed that tomatoes are the richest natural source of lycopene, an antioxidant thought to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and certain cancers.
Researchers discover cellular mechanism that may increase obesity and type 2 diabetes risk
03/04/2011 - A team of researchers has discovered a signaling pathway in the brain that may play an important role in telling the body that the stomach is full and that it is time to stop eating. The findings could have major implications for the prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Pre-operative ultrasound scans help predict outcomes of thyroid cancer patients
03/03/2011 - Among other medical tests administered to patients with thyroid diseases, ultrasound scans of the neck may accurately predict a person's post-operative health outcome, according to new scientific investigation.
Low potassium levels may be reason for type 2 diabetes disparity among African Americans and Caucasians
03/03/2011 - African Americans are almost twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than Caucasians, according to the American Diabetes Association. Now, a new study has shown that potassium levels may be one of the leading causes of this disparity.
Strontium-based medication may reduce osteoporosis-related fractures
03/03/2011 - Among individuals with osteoporosis, the risk of fracture is often dramatic. Now, a medical literature analysis has determined that medication based on an alkaline earth metal may be able to decrease the risk of broken bones among women with osteoporosis.
Most diabetics have poor control over their condition
03/02/2011 - The vast majority of individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. as well as around the world receive ineffective care and do a poor job of managing their condition, which increases their risk of developing cardiovascular complications and dying early, according to a new report from University of Washington researchers.

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