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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.
Study: Osteoporosis is more common among patients with HIV and hepatitis C
03/02/2011 - Previous studies have already established that individuals with HIV are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis. Now, the latest research has found a corollary to this effect. According to a new investigation, HIV-positive patients who have hepatitis C have even higher rates of osteoporosis than those without the liver disease.
Researchers identify new cause of loss of insulin production among those who have type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
03/02/2011 - One of the main causes of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes is the death of insulin-producing beta cells. Doctors have worked for years to find a way to prevent the death of these vital cells, and now researchers from the University of Texas may have found a clue that could lead to the development of more effective treatments.
Autoimmune thyroid disease may cause symptoms even when hormone levels are normal
03/02/2011 - Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that often causes hypothyroidism, may lead to negative health effects even when levels of thyroid hormone are normal, according to recent research.
Expert recommends triad of practices for preventing osteoporosis
03/01/2011 - An editorial in the Humble Tribune has addressed the basics of prevention. Physician Charles Campbell, the article's author, wrote that there are three relatively easy habits that maturing Americans can practice in order to reduce their risk of osteoporosis.
Angels pitching coach is back after thyroid cancer surgery
03/01/2011 - Mike Butcher, the current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, has recently recovered from papillary thyroid cancer, following surgery to remove a nodule on his thyroid gland, ESPN reports.
Evolutionary factors may have led to increased diabetes susceptibility in humans
03/01/2011 - An evolutionary "wrong turn" may be responsible for humans' propensity to become obese and develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, San Diego.
Researchers say monoclonal antibody therapy for osteoporosis is cost-effective
02/24/2011 - An international team of economists and information scientists has determined that the long-term use of a recently approved osteoporosis medication, denosumab, is cost-effective when compared to other oral osteoporosis drugs.
In thyroid cancer cells, scientists look for repeats in DNA as evidence of radiation exposure
02/24/2011 - It has been known for some time that exposure of the head and neck to radiation therapy increases the subsequent risk of thyroid cancer. Now, a pair of researchers from Germany and the UK are looking into the likelihood that papillary thyroid cancer - which features DNA changes that were once thought to be due to aging - can be caused by radiation exposure.
Fatty liver may predict type 2 diabetes onset
02/24/2011 - Measurements of insulin resistance and blood sugar levels are commonly used to assess patients for diabetes risk. However, a new study out of Stanford University shows that the presence of fat in the liver may be one of the strongest predictors of whether or not a person will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
High blood sugar levels increases death risk in hospitalized elderly
02/24/2011 - A group of Spanish researchers is calling for elderly patients who are admitted to hospitals to be tested for type 2 diabetes following a recent study they conducted, which found that many individuals die while in the hospital from undiagnosed blood sugar-related problems.
Aspirin may help diabetics with kidney disease avoid heart complications
02/23/2011 - Heart disease is the most common cause of death for individuals who have type 2 diabetes. However, a new study from a team of Japanese researchers shows that low daily doses of aspirin may help reduce some this risk in patients who have both diabetes and kidney disease.
Study explores link between thyroid cancer and genetic tumor disorder
02/23/2011 - For a number of years, scientists have been investigating the association between thyroid cancer and PTEN Hartoma Tumor Syndrome (PHTS), a genetic disorder that increases an individual's likelihood of having cancer.
Besides treating angina, nitroglycerin ointment may reverse osteoporosis
02/23/2011 - When nitroglycerin was first synthesized in 1847, its inventor, Ascanio Sobrero, was so frightened by its destructive volatility that he kept it secret for a whole year - but today, the compound has a number of constructive medical uses, the latest of which is treating osteoporosis.
While diabetes becomes more common, treatment options improve
02/22/2011 - The bad news is that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is rising faster than ever before. A combination of sedentary lifestyles, poor diets and possibly even genetic factors has led to a dramatic increase in the number of people living with the condition.
Gastric bypass shown to provide better results for diabetics than other types of weight loss surgery
02/22/2011 - Gastric bypass surgery may be a better option than sleeve gastrectomy similar lap-band surgeries for individuals who are severely obese and struggle with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Certain communities are at higher risk for thyroid cancer
02/22/2011 - While thyroid cancer has the potential to affect nearly anyone, researchers have noticed that many forms of thyroid cancer appear in certain populations more than they do others.
Gwyneth Paltrow has precursor to osteoporosis
02/22/2011 - Recently, actress and philanthropist Gwyneth Paltrow announced online that she has osteopenia, a condition that healthcare professionals consider a precursor to osteoporosis.

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