Endocrinology News and Research Articles

Handling fruit before blood sugar testing may throw off results
02/10/2011 - While eating more fruit can help diabetics minimize their risk of heart disease, it may lead to elevated blood sugar test results. However, this is not necessarily because their blood sugar is higher after eating a piece of fruit. Researchers Juntendo University Graduate School of Medicine in Tokyo have found that tiny scraps of fruit can stay on the fingers of diabetics, which can throw off test results.
Osteoporosis medication designed to improve bone strength may be associated with femur fractures
02/10/2011 - Recent research has linked uncommon femur fractures to a prescription drug commonly used to treat osteoporosis.
Omega-3s may fight diabetic retinopathy
02/10/2011 - One of the most common complications of type 2 diabetes is retinopathy. This condition has robbed more than 4 million diabetics of their eyesight and is expected to become even more common as the number of people with diabetes is expected to grow. However, a new study from researchers at Children's Hospital of Boston has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may be a useful tool in the fight against retinopathy.
Study: Treating thyroid cancer during pregnancy can entail serious risks
02/09/2011 - Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common form of thyroid cancer, both in the general U.S. population and among pregnant women. A review of the medical options available during gestation indicates that treating thyroid cancer during pregnancy can cause several serious complications.
Study quantifies insurance costs of adults who do not stick to their osteoporosis treatments
02/09/2011 - Osteoporosis treatments can be wide ranging and include hormone replacement, prescription medications and physical therapy. However, many health experts - supported by new statistical findings - warn that going off these treatments can entail serious costs.
Few diabetics are aware of the potential for kidney complications, study finds
02/09/2011 - Despite the fact that type 2 diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing kidney problems, a low percentage of patients are aware of the connection and even fewer know how to avoid kidney problems, according to a new study from a team of researchers from UK.
More education helps diabetics stick to treatment plans
02/09/2011 - While tremendous strides have been made in the last couple of decades in medications for treating type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, these advancements mean nothing if patients are unwilling or unable to following instructions for taking these drugs.
Non-stick chemicals may contribute to thyroid cancer, hypothyroidism, experts warn
02/08/2011 - New research has determined that chemical used to make pans and cooking appliances non-stick may increase the risk of hypothyroidism and certain thyroid cancers, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Bacteria-derived compound may stimulate bone growth in osteoporotic patients, scientists say
02/08/2011 - A strain of bacteria that live on coral reefs off the coast of Key Largo, Florida, may contribute to the development of medications that will encourage bone growth and inhibit osteoporosis, researchers have announced.
Blocking immune cells may be key to preventing diabetic wounds
02/08/2011 - Many individuals who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes eventually develop wounds on their lower extremities that refuse to heal. Occasionally, these sores become so bad that the limb needs to be amputated. However, research from Loyola University may soon yield a new medication that could prevent this process, as scientists say they are getting close to a cure for the problem.
Evolutionary changes produce increased diabetes risk today, study finds
02/08/2011 - Genetic variations that occurred in humans' long distant past as a result of evolutionary demands may now be placing more individuals at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Stanford University. The findings may help doctors better understand patients' diabetes risks based on genetic and environmental factors.
Osteoporosis is largely avoidable, experts say
02/07/2011 - More than 4 million women are diagnosed with osteoporosis every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the condition is very common, experts say that it doesn’t have to be, and that knowing the risk factors for the disease may help many women avoid low bone density and painful broken bones.
Liver disease associated with increased risk of death among diabetics
02/07/2011 - Individuals who have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, in addition to type 2 diabetes are significantly more likely to die from all causes, according to a new study from a team of Australian researchers.
Obesity increases risk of thyroid cancer for men and women alike, metastudy finds
02/04/2011 - A comprehensive survey of five previous research initiatives found that obesity increases the risk of thyroid cancer for both men and women.
Study: Medication used to treat breast cancer may hasten onset of osteoporosis
02/04/2011 - A team of American oncologists and bone health experts has found that a drug commonly prescribed for women may speed up bone loss and the onset of osteoporosis.
Low magnesium levels may increase the risk of complications in type 2 diabetics
02/04/2011 - A new study from a team of Brazilian researchers has found that low levels magnesium may worsen the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, as this often results in low levels of insulin and elevated blood sugar.
Cold virus associated with type 1 diabetes risk
02/04/2011 - People who have type 1 diabetes and prediabetes autoimmunity are 10 times more likely to be infected by the enterovirus, a microbe that causes everything from the common cold to meningitis and polio, than the general population, according to a new study from a team of Australian researchers.
Individuals with metabolic syndrome risk memory problems in addition to type 2 diabetes
02/03/2011 - Older individuals who have metabolic syndrome - a cluster of conditions which often leads to type 2 diabetes - may be at an increased risk of developing memory problems, according to a new study from a team of French researchers.
Scans show effectiveness of medullary thyroid cancer treatment, experts say
02/03/2011 - Researchers have reported using positron emission tomography (PET) scans to determine the effectiveness of a new prescription treatment for medullary thyroid cancer.
Prescription osteoporosis treatment adds five years to life expectancy, researchers say
02/03/2011 - A study conducted in New South Wales, Australia, has determined that a prescription osteoporosis treatment not only reduces bone loss but appears to lengthen lifespan.
New dietary guidelines may curb rising diabetes rates
02/02/2011 - Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released an updated list of dietary guidelines, which calls for vast reductions in the amount of fat and salt consumed by Americans. If followed closely, these guidelines may help halt skyrocketing type 2 diabetes rates.
Disease management programs help non-insulin-treated diabetic patients control their symptoms
02/02/2011 - A new disease management program developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego has been shown to help individuals with type 2 diabetes lower their HbA1c levels, improve blood sugar control and improve overall quality of life, according to a new study.
EPA decides to regulate drinking-water chemical linked to thyroid cancer
02/02/2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it has set a national standard for the allowable level of perchlorate, a chemical linked to thyroid cancer, in tap water.
Many men with osteoporosis risk factors do not meet minimum requirements for screening
02/02/2011 - A new case study conducted at the University of Kansas has determined that many men who present the risk factors of osteoporosis do not meet the Medicare guidelines for bone-mass density screening.
Researchers identify protein that is critical to insulin production
02/01/2011 - A team of researchers from the UK has identified a particular protein that plays a critical role in the release of insulin. The researchers believe that their findings could lead to improved treatments for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

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