Endocrinology News and Research Articles

Researchers find potential osteoporosis treatment
11/08/2010 - New research published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, suggests a mechanism that may guide development of better strategies for osteoporosis treatment.
Massachusetts Congressman receives treatment for papillary thyroid cancer
11/08/2010 - Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern is currently recovering from surgery to remove his thyroid gland. The government official was recently diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, according to the Boston Herald.
Telemedicine may help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their diet
11/08/2010 - Type 2 diabetes requires significant amounts of dietary planning and continued consumption of healthy foods. However, due to the struggling economy, low wages and high unemployment, many individuals with the condition are finding it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and to stay in touch with their physicians.
New drug may treat osteoporosis and prevent breast cancer
11/05/2010 - According to a study published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, lasofoxifene - which blocks the effects of estrogen in breast tissue - statistically reduced the overall risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.
Doctors in India gather to discuss high rates of osteoporosis
11/05/2010 - In recent weeks, the Allahabad chapter of the Indian Menopause Society convened to discuss the severity of osteoporosis among women in the country. Secretary of the chapter, Vandana Bansal told the Times of India that the risk of osteoporosis doubles with every fracture.
Liver hormone may contribute to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
11/05/2010 - A team of Japanese researchers has discovered that a hormone produced and secreted by the liver may contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes, which may provide a target for the development of future drugs.
Dentists may help diagnose type 2 diabetes
11/05/2010 - Individuals who believe they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes may benefit from visiting the dentist. Experts say that oral health professionals may be among the first to notice certain warning signals associated with development of the condition.
Study uncovers protein that sparks inflammatory response leading to insulin resistance
11/04/2010 - It has long been known that overactive immune cells can cause inflammation throughout the body, leading to insulin resistance and eventually type 2 diabetes. Now, a new study from University of California, San Diego researchers has found a protein that plays a vital part of regulating this process.
New study helps bring into focus genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes
11/04/2010 - A team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health may have found a set of genes that control the function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, which may shed more light on the causes of type 2 diabetes.
Thyroid disorders on the rise in India
11/02/2010 - Doctors in India are puzzled as to why thyroid conditions are on the rise. Many cities are seeing a fourfold increase in hypothyroidism, the Times of India reports.
Explosion of type 2 diabetes put strain on local health resources
11/02/2010 - Type 2 diabetes can be an extremely expensive and time consuming disease to manage, and helping individuals control their symptoms is starting to become a major burden for local health departments.
Fluoride overconsumption may weaken bones and cause osteoporosis
11/02/2010 - In the latest issue of Osteoporosis International, researchers report that fluoride consumption from tea and toothpaste damaged one woman's bones.
Study shows DNA may affect thyroid hormone levels
11/01/2010 - According to new research, sequence variations in DNA have been identified that affect levels of thyroid hormones.
Gene found that may contribute to falls in postmenopausal women
11/01/2010 - Research published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows that a variant of the gene ACTN3 - which has been linked with muscle strength and power in athletes - is a risk factor for falling in postmenopausal females who are at an increased risk for osteoporosis.
Researchers test safety of new osteoporosis treatment
11/01/2010 - The results of a recent study by Japanese researchers revealed that self-applied ViaDerm-hPTH may be effective in treating osteoporosis.
Inhaled steroids may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes
11/01/2010 - Patients who take inhaled steroids for conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) may be at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to new researcher from Jewish General Hospital researchers.
Doctors report that thyroid cysts could be caused by vuvuzelas
11/01/2010 - In the latest issue of SA Medical Journal, two German doctors - Alexander Mann and Kerstin Jungheim of the Endokrinologikum Medical Centre in Frankfurt - have described what they say is the first case of a "vuvuzela-induced thyroid cyst."
Research reveals topical nitroglycerin may prevent osteoporosis
11/01/2010 - According to the results of a two-year trial presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2010 Annual Meeting, nitroglycerin applied topically could increase bone formation and reduce bone loss in women with osteopenia. It may also prove to be an effective and inexpensive treatment to prevent osteoporosis, MedScape Today reports.
Medical school to conduct trial for new osteoporosis treatment
10/29/2010 - The Medical College of Wisconsin will conduct clinical trials at Froedtert Hospital to assess the safety and effectiveness of a new vertebral augmentation treatment (Kiva) for painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) that were caused by osteoporosis.
UK healthcare system offers new osteoporosis treatment
10/29/2010 - A new treatment for women who have an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures will be available as part of the National Health Service (NHS) - which is a publicly funded healthcare system in the UK.
Study shows MS patients may have higher risk for thyroid complications
10/29/2010 - Recent research shows that patients with with multiple sclerosis (MS) are vulnerable to a variety of other autoimmune disorders, including thyroid abnormalities.
British scientists discover new osteoporosis detection technique
10/29/2010 - Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed new imaging technology, which they said does a more complete job of detecting bone weakness compared to existing bone density and multidetector computed tomography (CT) tests, McKnights reports.
Glucosamine supplements may increase diabetes risk
10/28/2010 - Glucosamine supplements have become a popular option for individuals with arthritis and other conditions who are looking to improve their joint health. However, the findings of a new study indicate that prolonged exposure to this amino acid may kill pancreatic cells and increase the risk of developing diabetes.
Sugar-sweetened drinks increase type 2 diabetes risk
10/28/2010 - In recent years, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages - including sodas and sports drinks - has risen sharply. Meanwhile, the increases in obesity and type 2 diabetes rates have followed a similar curve.
Grammy nominated artist reveals battle with Graves' disease
10/27/2010 - In recent weeks, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Toni Childs spoke to the media about her battle with Graves' disease.

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