Endocrinology News and Research Articles

Radioactive iodine can be helpful and harmful to thyroids
12/22/2010 - Radioactive iodine, which is also known as I-131, is used in the treatment of thyroid cancer, reports EmpowHer. However, the compound is also a cause of the condition, as it was found in survivors of nuclear bombing, such as the events that occurred at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
UK-based medical societies suggest more sun exposure for vitamin D and osteoporosis prevention
12/22/2010 - This week, a number of health organizations based in the UK released a statement on vitamin D in regards to osteoporosis, sun light and other points of confusion for many individuals. According to Medical News Today, the groups wrote "enjoy the sun safely, including a few minutes around the middle of the day without sunscreen."
Birth control medications shown not to lead to development of type 2 diabetes
12/21/2010 - Despite recent evidence suggesting that there may be adverse side effects from taking certain forms of birth control that may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a recent study from University of Texas researchers has found that birth control does not in fact increase risk.
Fatty acid in dairy products may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
12/21/2010 - Given the high fat content of dairy products, many obese individuals and those who are at risk for type 2 diabetes tend to stay away from these foods. However, a team of researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that some dairy fat make actually reduce diabetes risk.
Scientists identify fat cells that could reduce type 2 diabetes risk
12/21/2010 - A team of researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center has discovered a type of cell that is capable of transforming into energy-burning brown fat cells. The findings could help millions of obese individuals cut excess body fat and reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Scientists uncover key mechanism causing type 2 diabetes-related inflammation
12/21/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing heart and kidney disease. A new study has helped shed some light on why this is.
Study reveals thyroid dysfunction may signify hip fracture risk in older men
12/20/2010 - According to a recent study, older men with thyroid dysfunction may be at an increased risk for hip fracture. Endocrine Today reports that the researchers studied 3,567 men and women with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or euthyroidism, who were age 65 or older.
Diabetic cancer patients at greater risk of rare food poisoning
12/20/2010 - Individuals who are suffering from cancer and type 2 diabetes have a hard enough road as it is. However, a new study has found that these individuals are at a dangerously elevated risk of developing listeria.
Researchers hopeful of a diabetes cure
12/20/2010 - While there is currently no cure for type 1 diabetes, researchers are growing increasingly confident that science will be able to put an end to the debilitating disease within a handful of years.
Groups raise diabetes awareness through social media sites
12/20/2010 - Despite the fact that millions of Americans suffer from either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, there is relatively little known about the disease. In order to raise awareness of the conditions and lifestyle factors that may impact them, groups are taking to popular media outlets to help spread their messages.
Medication along with insulin may result in better blood sugar control
12/20/2010 - Exenatide helps individuals with type 2 diabetes achieve improved control over their blood sugar levels to a greater degree than insulin injections alone, according to a new study from University of North Carolina researchers.
Second-hand smoke increases diabetes risk
12/17/2010 - Cigarette smoke is known to be one of the leading contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes. However, the effect on the friends and family of smokers until recently went untested.
Thyroid-altering BPA may be found on dollar bills
12/17/2010 - According to recent research, Bisphenol-A (BPA) - a thyroid-altering chemical - can be found on dollar bills. News channel WBIR reports that BPA has been linked to obesity, infant brain damage, thyroid disease, various types of cancer, heart diseases and sexual health problems.
Genetic variation leads to increased risk of obesity
12/17/2010 - A team of researchers from the University of Oxford have confirmed that a gene previously identified as a potential cause of increased obesity and type 2 diabetes risk does in fact play a role in these two conditions.
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.

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