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Eating a Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Hip Fractures
09/12/2016 - A study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine reviewed the bone-protective benefits of several high-quality types of diets, including the DASH diet (used to lower blood pressure) and the Mediterranean diet. 
Experimental Osteoporosis Drug Builds Bone, Cuts Fracture Risk
08/25/2016 - The experimental osteoporosis drug abaloparatide, currently under review by the FDA, worked as well as the only bone-building medication currently on the US market at decreasing fracture risk in a new study. 
Excess Weight May Shrink the Brain's White Matter
08/19/2016 - Those who are overweight or obese at middle age—roughly, age 40—appear to have much less white matter in their brains than people of the same age who are at a healthy weight, according to a new study. The extra weight appears to age their brain a full decade, the researchers found.
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy
08/02/2016 - A  large study from Denmark found that exposure to levothyroxine, used to help a sluggish thyroid (hypothyroidism), had no impact on birth weight and other factors. However, treatment with anti-thyroid medications for overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) was linked with a higher risk of preterm births, low birth weights and infant death.
Soy & Your Thyroid: How Much Is Too Much?
07/29/2016 - Eating large amounts of soy foods may not be good for some women's thyroid functioning, according to new research from Loma Linda University in California.
Levothyroxine for Sluggish Thyroids: Weekly or Daily?
07/06/2016 - Weekly doses of levothyroxine may improve compliance and work as well as daily, study finds. Not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
Obesity: A Gut Reaction to High-Calorie Foods?
06/16/2016 - In a series of experiments carried out in rodents, rearchers at Yale demonstrate that consuming calorically-dense foods spurs changes in the gut’s microbiome that lead to obesity.
Liraglutide Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Deaths
06/13/2016 - Liraglutide (Victoza), a drug used to help control blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, also reduces the risk of dying from heart disease, new research suggests.
Silent Heart Attacks and Type 2 Diabetes
06/01/2016 - When researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, checked the hearts and medical records of 9,498 people over nine years, they found nearly equal numbers of untreated, silent heart attacks and recognized heart attacks that had received medical attention.
Targeting Brain Signaling Can Reduce Blood Glucose in Diabetic Mice
05/23/2016 - An animal study found that injecting a hormone directly into the brain of rodents put type 2 diabetes in remission for several months, reports the journal Nature Medicine. 
Skip the Fake Sugars While Pregnant
05/17/2016 - A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that babies of women who drank artificially-sweetened beverages while pregnant were 10 percent more likely to be overweight by their first birthday. 
Cholesterol-Lowering Statins Cut Risk for Amputations
05/06/2016 - People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) – including many with diabetes – who took cholesterol-lowering statin drugs had a 22-33 percent lower risk of losing a leg or other limb to amputation in a new Emory University study.
Healthful Diet Staves Off Hypertension in Women with a History of Gestational Diabetes
05/05/2016 - Women who have had pregnancy-related diabetes may be able to reduce their future risk of hypertension by maintaining a healthful diet, shows new research published in the journal Hypertension. 
Weight Loss Drug Slashes Prediabetes Risk
04/25/2016 - A higher-dose version of a diabetes medication liraglutide improves weight loss and reverses prediabetes in a new study. 
Common Thyroid Tumor Downgraded to Non-Cancerous
04/20/2016 - An international panel of pathologists and clinicians has decided to rename a type of thyroid tumor—until now deemed malignant—as non-cancerous.
Dexcom Recall of Continuous Glucose Monitor Receivers
04/18/2016 - Dexcom, Inc., one of the largest makers of continuous glucose monitoring systems (CGMs) in the U.S. is recalling receivers for its G4 Platinum and G5 Mobile CGM systems because of consumer complaints that alarms for low and high blood sugar levels may not sound.
Endocrine Society Warns Against Use of Custom Compounded Bioidentical Hormones
04/07/2016 - Doctors should avoid prescribing compounded hormone medications to treat menopausal symptoms, female sexual dysfunction and other hormonal conditions, according to a recent scientific statement by the Endocrine Society.   
Diabetes Drug Increases Bladder Cancer, Study Shows
04/06/2016 - A new study reveals strong evidence that pioglitazone does in fact increase the risk of bladder cancer, and that the increased risk can occur as quickly as about 22 months on the drug. 
Out-of-Pocket Spending on Insulin Tripled in 11 Years
04/05/2016 - People with type 2 diabetes who use insulin saw out-of-pocket expenses triple between 2002 and 2013, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 
America’s First Biosimilar Insulin: Coming to Your Drugstore
04/01/2016 - The first biosimilar, a less expensive copy of the popular, long-acting brand-name drug Lantus, is set to hit U.S. pharmacy shelves later this year.
Excess Leptin in Obese Pregnant Women May Cause Type 2 Diabetes in Children
03/29/2016 - Having an excess of the hormone leptin while pregnant could be one of the reasons why children born to obese women are at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, cites a new study in the journal Cell Reports.
For Best Thyroid Surgery Results, Pick Doctor With 25-Plus Cases a Year
03/22/2016 - Patients who need to have their thyroid gland removed, due to cancer or other conditions, should seek out a surgeon who performs more than 25 such operations each year, according to new research.  
Long-Term Metformin Use Linked with Vitamin B12 Deficiency
03/16/2016 - Long-term use of the popular diabetes drug metformin is linked with vitamin B12 deficiency and anemia, according to new research that solidifies some previous research.
Being Obese Can Lead to Weak Bones
03/14/2016 - A new study published in the journal Metabolism found that obesity and type 2 diabetes led to weakened bones. 
Diabetes Treatment May Increase Breast Density
03/11/2016 - Women on insulin tended to have higher breast density, a risk factor for breast cancer, than those on metformin or dietary control.  

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