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Misconceptions about diabetes abound
12/17/2010 - More than 23 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. What's even more startling is that almost 6 million of these individuals don't know that they have the condition.
Lifestyle intervention may benefit the heart health of diabetics
12/17/2010 - Heart disease is one of the most common killers of individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, a new study from University of Texas researchers has shown that an intensive one-year intervention program can reduce blood levels of a protein that is considered a marker of poor heart health.
Study suggests childhood exposure to radiation may increase thyroid cancer risk
12/17/2010 - Recent research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) reveals that children who are exposed to head and neck radiation have a greater risk of thyroid cancer for more than 58 years, compared to those who had no exposure. Researchers wrote that children could receive this type of radiation from cancer treatments or multiple CT scans.
Gestational diabetes rates rising
12/16/2010 - More than 250,000 women who gave birth in 2008 had gestational diabetes, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Parents have little influence over their children's diets
12/16/2010 - Parents who are looking to cut their child's risk of type 2 diabetes by setting a good dietary example may need to rethink their approach. A new study from Johns Hopkins University researchers has shown that the eating habits of children rarely mirror their parents.
Socio-economic factors may play a role in determining who develops diabetes
12/16/2010 - The income gap between England's richest and poorest citizens is leading to dramatic health disparities, according to a new national survey. These inequalities are showing most strongly in the number of poor who have type 2 diabetes.
Group calls for greater physician involvement in fight against childhood obesity
12/16/2010 - The prevalence of childhood obesity is growing at a rapid rate. This is leading to a sharp increase in type 2 diabetes cases among adolescents, as well as in the general public. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that half of all U.S. adults will have diabetes by the year 2020.
Researchers discover key protein in insulin production
12/16/2010 - A team of UK researchers has discovered a protein that is vital in maintaining blood sugar levels. The finding could lead to the development of drugs that offer individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes better control over their blood sugar levels.
Genes that dictate fat storage may increase the risk of diabetes
12/16/2010 - One reason for the high rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes may be the fact that the human genome has yet to catch up with modern lifestyles, according to a new study from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
Mental health problems may be a result of thyroid issues
12/15/2010 - Many women may be unaware of a common health issue that is caused by problems with the thyroid gland. EmpowHer reports that some mental health disorders are caused by a malfunctioning thyroid.
Study shows Singapore population at high risk for osteoporosis
12/15/2010 - Osteoporosis awareness has gradually spread across the world. Scientists in many different countries are currently researching the causes and effects of the condition.
Almonds may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
12/15/2010 - Adding more almonds to a diet may be an effective way to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Loma Linda University.
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.
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.

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