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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.
Canadian football player reports a rapid recovery from thyroid cancer
02/10/2011 - Two months after he had surgery to remove his thyroid gland, Canadian football player Anthony Calvillo has reported a steady recovery from thyroid cancer, according to the Montreal Gazette.
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.

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