Endocrinology News and Research Articles

Ballooning diabetes rates spark investment in research
12/14/2010 - The dramatic increase in cases of type 2 diabetes has had major public health consequences, and rates are projected to continue to increase. However, the diabetes epidemic has in recent months sparked greater investment in research aimed at finding a cure.
Certain fats may help prevent osteoporosis-related hip bone fractures
12/14/2010 - A new study suggests that different types of fats may help reduce the risk of hip fractures that are related to osteoporosis. The Toronto Sun reports that researchers used data from the Women's Health Initiative to study connections between the incidence of hip fractures and the type of fats that participants consume.
World Health Organization releases osteoporosis calculator for Singapore
12/14/2010 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a tool called the FRAX calculator, which helps physicians evaluate patients for osteoporosis. This week, officials from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases at the University of Sheffield announced the launch of a FRAX calculator for Singapore.
Moderate alcohol consumption may protect kidney transplant patients from diabetes
12/14/2010 - Kidney transplant patients are commonly advised to avoid drinking alcohol at any point. However, a new study from European researchers has found moderate levels of drinking may actually help these individuals avoid developing type 2 diabetes.
Research shows a large head may signify cancer risk
12/14/2010 - According to recent research from the Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute, a large head circumference may suggest an increased risk of breast, thyroid and uterine cancer. News Max Health reports that researchers studied 127 patients who carry the genetic mutation that causes Cowden syndrome, which is associated with heightened cancer risk and large head size.
Researchers uncover signaling pathway that controls insulin production
12/14/2010 - In a study that could have major implications for the treatment of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have decoded the system used by the body to signal pancreatic beta cells when it is time to produce more insulin.
Teen with thyroid cancer searches for cause
12/14/2010 - A teenager from North Carolina who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer may have made a discovery about the condition, WECT news channel 6 reports.
Thyroid-altering chemical found in community drinking water
12/14/2010 - According to the Press-Enterprise, a fireworks company which was operating until the mid-1980s was recently named as a potential source for thyroid-damaging perchlorate in a community's drinking water supply.
Scientists use stem cells to produce insulin
12/13/2010 - Men with type 1 diabetes may be able to grow new, more effective insulin-producing cells from their own testicular tissue, according to a new study from Georgetown University researchers.
Disease management programs may help diabetics control blood sugar
12/13/2010 - Non-adherence to prescribed treatment plans is a major cause of hospitalization and death among individuals with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, a new study has shown that disease management programs can help patients follow their doctor's orders more carefully, leading to improved health.
Groups applaud Congress for extending diabetes programs
12/10/2010 - Diabetes advocacy groups are praising the efforts of Congress following their renewal of funding for several diabetes initiatives.
Silencing a gene may benefit cardiovascular health of diabetics
12/10/2010 - Silencing a particular gene may eliminate much of the cardiovascular risk associated with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Canadian researchers.
Statement recommends more exercise for those with type 2 diabetes
12/09/2010 - Obese individuals and those with type 2 diabetes should exercise at least 150 minutes per week, according to a new joint policy statement from the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
Genetics are important in diabetes risk, but more research is needed
12/09/2010 - Genetic factors may play a large role in the development of obesity and, consequently, type 2 diabetes, but more research is needed to be able to turn this information into useful therapies, according to a new study from University of Oxford researchers.
Computer model may help speed the pace of type 1 diabetes research
12/09/2010 - The pace of type 1 diabetes research is often agonizingly slow, while the cost of studies remains high. This may prevent further breakthroughs in treating the disease. In an effort to remove these stumbling blocks, a team of computer scientists recently developed a virtual model that will enable researchers to test their hypotheses online rather than in clinics.
Videogames may help youths make better lifestyle decisions
12/08/2010 - The obesity epidemic has spread to preteens and young adults in recent years. Some adolescents have even been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. However, a team of researchers is reporting that videogames may help combat this development.
Age may be a major factor in determining thyroid cancer treatment
12/08/2010 - A recent report from the University of Wisconsin suggests that how thyroid cancer affects patients may vary with age, and treatment should be based on this knowledge, according to EmpowHer.
Risk of death from obesity identified
12/08/2010 - Obesity is becoming one of the largest public health concerns in today's society. While the condition has generally been linked to an increased risk of a number of health problems, including heart disease, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes, studies have been unable to determine the specific level of obesity at which risk is the greatest, until now.
Nitrates found in hot dogs and green leafy vegetables could increase thyroid cancer risk
12/07/2010 - According to a recent report from a group of researchers at the National Cancer Institute, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, nitrates may be increasing thyroid cancer rates in women, EmpowHer reports.
Hypothyroidism may contribute to loss of pregnancy
12/07/2010 - This week, Dr. Carrie Jones - a naturopathic physician with a focus on women's health and hormones - spoke to EmpowHer about pregnancy and thyroid issues. The doctor began by saying that she sees a number of women who are looking to become pregnant after having several miscarriages.
Study shows osteoporotic vertebral and hip fractures increase the risk for death
12/07/2010 - A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that vertebral and hip fractures as a result of osteoporosis may increase the risk of death. The Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study looked at a total of 7,753 randomly selected people aged 50 years and older.
Thyroid-altering PBDEs found in contaminated butter
12/07/2010 - Researchers are currently discussing what is referred to as the worst documented case of food contamination with polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants in the country, according to Health Day. The scientists report that they found high levels of PBDE - which can alter thyroid hormone levels - in butter, which may be the first time this type of contamination has occurred as a result of packaging.
Research shows Arctic animals and humans experience pollution-induced thyroid damage
12/07/2010 - According to research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Arctic animals and fish - including polar bears, ivory gulls and Greenland sledge dogs - have shown signs of pollution damage, such as thyroid disruption. Much of the toxins that have reached the North Pole are ingested by Americans every day.
A nutrient-rich diet may prevent osteoporosis
12/07/2010 - A nutrient-dense diet high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains may reduce the risk for low-trauma fracture, particularly in older women, according to the results of a study reported online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MedScape reports.
Combination treatments involving insulin may lead to improved blood sugar control
12/07/2010 - Combining cutting edge medications with traditional treatments may provide the best results to individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to new research from University of North Carolina researchers.

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