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Dietary intervention may lower risk of type 1 diabetes
11/11/2010 - It is generally thought that genetic predispositions determine whether or not a child will develop type 1 diabetes. While genetics play a large role, a new study from European researchers has found that nutrition in the early stages of life may also factor into the equation.
Children can be at risk for hypothyroidism
11/11/2010 - About 5 percent of the 27 million American thyroid disorder sufferers are children. The number includes an estimated 13 million who are undiagnosed, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, NorthJersey.com reports. This means that while thyroid disorders in children are not common, they are also not rare.
Educational programs help older minorities manage their type 2 diabetes
11/10/2010 - Low-income, minority and aging communities have been hit particularly hard by type 2 diabetes in recent years. Individuals in these groups are significantly more likely to develop the condition than the general population.
Obesity may cause dangerous changes in the way the body stores fat
11/10/2010 - A team of European investigators has found that fat cells and surrounding tissue may have certain limitations when it comes to storing excess fat. When these limits are exceeded, a chain of reactions begins to take place which may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Lycopene may help prevent osteoporosis
11/10/2010 - A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that a phytochemical found in tomatoes may help prevent osteoporosis. Calcium researchers at the university examined the link between nutrition and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Thyroid cancer has become a global issue
11/10/2010 - The 2010 Canadian Cancer Statistics Report shows that thyroid cancer has gone up 9.5 percent per year in the country's females and 6.8 percent per year in males since 1998. Similar increases have also been seen in some regions of the U.S., according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
New study reveals that thyroid-disrupting BPA is found in some canned goods
11/10/2010 - Recent research has linked bisphenol A (BPA) to a range of health ailments including heart disease, cancers and thyroid disruption. Yet a new study shows that there are traces of the chemical in a wide variety of canned foods from supermarket shelves, as well as in products that are packaged in plastic and in one sample from the deli counter, Discovery News reports.
Actress Portia de Rossi diagnosed with osteoporosis
11/10/2010 - In recent weeks, Portia de Rossi - actress and wife of television personality Ellen DeGeneres - published a book titled Unbearable Lightness. The book chronicles the star's struggles with her sexuality as well as an eating disorder, which ultimately resulted in a diagnosis of osteoporosis, Third Age reports.
Study uncovers the reason for the link between obesity and type 2 diabetes
11/09/2010 - It has long been known that obese individuals are significantly more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. However, until recently the exact reason for this association was not known precisely.
Insulin-producing cells stop replicating after age 30
11/09/2010 - Type 2 diabetes is significantly more common among older individuals. New research suggests that this may be because insulin-producing cells in the body stop replicating in people around their 30th year.
Research suggests beta-blockers may prevent osteoporosis fractures
11/08/2010 - A recent study by Australian researchers suggests that cardiovascular medications known as beta-blockers can decrease the risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures by half. The drugs, which are taken by about 20 percent of the country's population, produced results that were "comparable with anti-osteoporosis medications," according to the Australian Associated Press.
Lingual thyroid is a rare and potentially harmless condition
11/08/2010 - Lingual thyroid is a developmental anomaly which results when there is incomplete migration of the thyroid. The condition is uncommon, and 80 percent of cases occur in women.
Medical societies dismiss claims of unsafe radioactive thyroid treatment
11/08/2010 - Recent research has suggested that radioactive iodine therapy may result in unsafe levels of radioactivity. Despite controversial claims, various medical societies released a statement about their continued support of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) current standards for treatment use, Endocrine Today reports.
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.

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