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Researchers identify risks for kidney disease and death among type 1 diabetics
02/21/2011 - Individuals who have type 1 diabetes often develop kidney disease at some point in their lives. Additionally, these patients tend to die at an early age. However, the two problems have a range of causes, and identifying specific risk factors has been difficult.
Minerals pulled from crustacean shells may improve calcium uptake, battle osteoporosis
02/21/2011 - Getting the proper daily dose of calcium is essential for promoting bone health and preventing osteoporosis, according to multiple health authorities. Since not all calcium supplements are created equal, this can be difficult to do. However, a new study has indicated that the fight against osteoporosis may be turning to a new source of calcium - crustacean shells.
Researchers assess risk of nerve damage in thyroid cancer surgeries
02/21/2011 - While it has become more uncommon in recent decades, nerve damage incurred during surgery for thyroid cancer is still a possibility for people undergoing an operation to remove some or all of the gland. Recently, researchers tried to quantify the incidence of and risk factors for recurrent laryngeal nerve damage.
Nuclear imaging expert debates ablation therapy for thyroid cancer
02/18/2011 - A medical expert at the Weill Cornell Medical College recently published an article weighing the pros and cons of using radioactive iodine ablation after partial or total thyroidectomies.
Statins may lower risk of diabetic retinopathy
02/18/2011 - Certain statin medications, which are commonly used to treat high cholesterol levels, may limit the risk of a person with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes of losing their eyesight to retinopathy, according to a new study from University of Georgia researchers.
Expert points to connection between celiac disease and osteoporosis
02/18/2011 - A dental hygienist from Colorado recently wrote an article stressing the need for dietary assessments among individuals with celiac disease, since the condition can contribute to the onset of osteoporosis.
Researchers look for ways to improve type 1 diabetes treatment
02/17/2011 - Islet cell transplantation is a promising field of study that many experts believe could one day result in a cure for type 1 diabetes. These cells play an important role in insulin production, and diabetics often have too few.
Thyroidectomy is declared a safe treatment for Graves' disease
02/17/2011 - Though it leads to hypothyroidism, full removal of the thyroid is considered a relatively safe treatment for Graves' disease, according to endocrinologists at the University of Wisconsin.
With osteoporosis, forearm fractures occur earlier, scientists say
02/17/2011 - A group of healthcare experts from the University of Bergen, Norway, have announced that the presence of osteoporosis increases the likelihood that a mature person will suffer a particular type of wrist fracture.
Dwarfism genes may provide protection against diabetes
02/17/2011 - Individuals with a certain type of dwarfism may have a genetic protection against type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the University of Southern California. Researchers hope that their findings could eventually lead to a new treatment for the disease in all individuals.
Human protein may improve bone growth when injected
02/16/2011 - An international team of researchers has announced what they believe to be a breakthrough in osteoporosis treatment. Using a naturally occurring protein, scientists say they were able to stimulate bone growth in menopausal laboratory animals.
Southern and Appalachian states lead CDC's list of least active and have highest rates of type 2 diabetes
02/16/2011 - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that residents of the South and Appalachia have the highest rates of leisure time inactivity, obesity and type 2 diabetes in the country.
Paper points to association between medical scans and thyroid cancer rate
02/16/2011 - In a recent study, researchers at the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics explored the connection between radiological scans and the increased rate of thyroid cancer.
Signs of heart disease may be clear in type 1 diabetics at an early age
02/15/2011 - The early signs of cardiovascular disease in children with type 1 diabetes are likely to present before the onset of puberty, according to a new study from Medical College of London researchers. The findings could provide doctors with clues to help them identify patients who are most at risk for cardiovascular complications.
Blood sugar levels may predict future retinopathy risk
02/15/2011 - Individuals who have poorly controlled type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be at greater risk of developing retinopathy, according to a new study from a team of French researchers. They found that persistently high levels of blood sugar are a strong indicator of future retinopathy risk.
Study: Aggressive treatment is not always warranted for thyroid cancer in kids
02/15/2011 - A pair of endocrinologists from universities in Texas and Virginia recently published a review of pediatric thyroid cancer treatment in which they recommended a conservative approach.
Common osteoporosis medication may entail uncommon side effect
02/15/2011 - Researchers from various dental schools across the U.S. recently collaborated on a study that assesses the extent to which bisphosphonates, a common treatment for osteoporosis, are associated with osteonecrosis of the jaw.
New guidelines help schools care for children with type 1 diabetes
02/14/2011 - In an effort to help the caregivers of children with type 1 diabetes keep these youths healthy, the National Diabetes Education Program, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has updated its manual on caring for diabetic children.
Researchers identify new pathway to solve insulin dependency
02/14/2011 - Whether an individual has type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, they are often burdened by the need to take insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, a team of researchers from Children's Hospital in Boston has shown that it may be possible to control blood sugar without needing to inject insulin.
Survey weighs notion of 'stunning' caused by treatment for thyroid cancer
02/14/2011 - In a new review of medical literature, a pair of nuclear medicine specialists from Stanford University has reviewed the long-held endocrinological notion of "thyroid stunning" caused by radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer.
Anorexia increases risk of premenopausal osteoporosis, study finds
02/14/2011 - A study recently conducted by an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University reiterated that an important but largely overlooked complication of eating disorders is early-onset osteoporosis.
Heart disease may increase risk of fractures in women with osteoporosis
02/11/2011 - A group of bone and heart health experts from Australia recently released a report citing cardiovascular disease as a factor that increases the risk of osteoporosis.
Researchers test effects of bariatric surgery in lower BMI diabetes patients
02/11/2011 - While the best medicine for avoiding type 2 diabetes - eating well and exercising - may be relatively simple, it is something that many people have an extremely hard time doing. Because of this, a team of researchers from New York-Presbyterian Hospital is planning to test the effectiveness of bariatric surgery in treating the symptoms of diabetes in people who are overweight but not obese.
Children at risk for type 2 diabetes may be more likely to develop osteoporosis
02/11/2011 - Children who develop risk factors for type 2 diabetes before hitting puberty may also be more likely to have weak bones in adulthood, according to a new study from Medical College of Georgia researchers.
Survey of medical literature attempts to zero in on medullary thyroid cancer rate
02/11/2011 - Researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center recently published a review of 40 years' worth of autopsies in an effort to more accurately determine the rate of medullary thyroid cancer in the U.S.

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