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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.
Study determines which fractures are caused most often by osteoporosis
02/01/2011 - Although healthcare experts often cite long arm and leg bone fractures as those most likely to be caused by osteoporosis, new research has indicated that this may not be the case.
Research team says diagnostic test for medullary thyroid cancer has mixed results
02/01/2011 - A pair of Italian clinicians recently determined that serum calcitonin measurement may not always be a reliable indicator of the presence of medullary thyroid cancer.
Early puberty may delay onset of osteoporosis, researchers find
01/31/2011 - Puberty and age-related osteoporosis may be more closely related than previously thought. A study conducted at the Los Angeles Children's Hospital's Saban Research Institute has determined that early onset of puberty may delay the formation of osteoporosis later in life.
Researchers identify mechanism behind diabetic complications
01/31/2011 - Blood vessel problems are among the most common complications for individuals with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. However, a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis recently discovered the underlying cause of these complications, which may enable them to produce improved medications that help individuals avoid the problems.
Man beats severe tracheal, thyroid cancer, has voice surgically restored
01/31/2011 - Surgeons at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital have reported performing a radical new operation on a tracheal and thyroid cancer sufferer.
Researchers find men need more than vitamin D, calcium to prevent osteoporosis
01/28/2011 - Bone health experts in Australia have determined that merely consuming the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D may not be enough to prevent osteoporosis in aging men.
Advanced thyroid cancer surgery leaves no visible scar
01/28/2011 - When thyroid cancer treatment requires surgery, many patients dread having a large horizontal scar on their windpipe. However, a recently developed surgical technique may assuage some of those fears.
Spouses of type 2 diabetics often experience symptoms of depression
01/28/2011 - Living with type 2 diabetes doesn't just affect the person with the disease. New findings suggest that it can also have a major impact on an individual's spouse, which may result in high levels of anxiety and even depression.
Researchers find possible solution for insulin dependence in type 1 diabetes
01/27/2011 - In what some are calling a potential cure for type 1 diabetes, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that suppressing a single hormone may make the condition completely asymptomatic and eliminate the need for insulin injections.
Urging Individualized Treatment for Thyroid Cancer in Kids
01/27/2011 - A pair of pediatric endocrinologists  recommend a more conservative, or "individualized," use of certain therapies to treat thyroid cancer in children and teens.
Researchers push ER osteoporosis test even for patients without fractures
01/27/2011 - Physiologists in Copenhagen, Denmark have recently released a report suggesting that bone density testing in emergency rooms (ERs) may be beneficial in diagnosing osteoporosis, even among fall sufferers without bone fractures.
CDC updates diabetes prevalence estimates
01/26/2011 - The number of individuals who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes continues to rise at an alarming rate, according to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most med school grads are unprepared to treat diabetes
01/26/2011 - Many recent graduates of medical school programs may have very little training in how to care for chronic disease, which could greatly impair their ability to treat a patient who has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University.
Study: Osteoporosis unlikely to affect balance, cause falls
01/26/2011 - Most healthcare experts agree that bone loss increases the risk and severity of fractures caused by falling, but new osteoporosis research has asked whether or not the disease may actually cause falls.

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