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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.
Women who don't breast feed risk type 2 diabetes
10/27/2010 - Women who breast feed their children for less than one month may be putting themselves at an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from University of Pittsburgh researchers.
Grammy Nominated Artist, Toni Childs, Reveals Battle with Grave's Disease
10/27/2010 - In recent weeks, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Toni Childs spoke to the media about her battle with Graves' disease.
Research shows too little salt may increase thyroid disruption
10/27/2010 - Recent research has suggested that consuming too much salt may increase the risk of heart disease. However, because table salt is fortified with iodine, it can help ward off thyroid problems in adults and developmental delays in children, The Star reports.
Study shows that breastfeeding for extended periods of time may increase risk for osteoporosis
10/26/2010 - According to a new study, postmenopausal women who spent longer periods of time breast-feeding their children may be at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, Reuters reports.
Thyroiditis may be detected using nuclear testing
10/26/2010 - Nuclear medicine may be used in the detection of thyroiditis - a viral infection with symptoms that are similar to hyperthyroidism - according to Dr Biswarup Chakrabarti, senior consultant and head of the deptartment of nuclear medicine at BM Birla Heart Research Center in Kolkata, Express Healthcare reports.
Experts express concerns about non-insulin diabetes treatments
10/26/2010 - Therapies for treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes that do not include insulin are becoming increasingly popular. However, some health experts are not totally convinced of their safety.
Diabetics find communication with doctors important, but aren't willing to pay for it
10/26/2010 - Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes can be difficult conditions to control. They demand constant attentiveness and collaboration between patients and their physicians.
Study shows spice may help thyroid cancer patients
10/26/2010 - Researchers with the University of California, Los Angelos's Jonsson Cancer Center have found that curcumin, the major component in the spice turmeric, enhances chemotherapy's suppression of head and neck cancer cell growth, such as thyroid tumors, when combined with the drug cisplatin.
Study shows new treatment may help postmenopausal women with osteoporosis
10/26/2010 - Recent data from two studies shows that zoledronic acid is effective at reducing fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Endocrine Today reports that results of a study of more than 1,200 postmenopausal osteoporotic women show that annual doses of zoledronic acid maintained bone mineral density (BMD) for six years.
Researchers develop new substance for bone grafts in osteoporosis patients
10/26/2010 - Bone tissue grafts often can pose a significant obstacle to orthopedic surgeons who attempt to repair complex fractures or large areas of bone loss, such as those caused by trauma and osteoporosis. Current synthetic substitutes can lack bone-like properties that are needed for successful grafting. In response to these challenges, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a synthetic bone material called FlexBone.
Group releases manual to help diabetics avoid foot problems
10/25/2010 - Individuals who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes often have difficulty with their feet. In the extreme, these issues can force them to have their feet or lower legs amputated. In fact, the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society estimates that diabetes is the cause of more than 60,000 lower extremity amputations each year.
Higher education may increase risk of autoimmune diabetes
10/25/2010 - Individuals who choose to pursue higher education may be putting themselves at risk for developing a rare form of diabetes, according a recent study from investigators at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Diabetes rates set to rise sharply
10/25/2010 - Unless new strategies are implemented to help reduce the number of obese individuals, the rate of type 2 diabetes is going to skyrocket in the coming years, according to a new report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.
Researcher calls for increased male osteoporosis risk awareness
10/25/2010 - Osteoporosis is a significant public health problem for men, according to Nelson Watts, director of the University of Cincinnati Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center. However, when to screen men for osteoporosis is dependent on age and risk factors, Endocrine Today reports.

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