Endocrinology News and Research Articles

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.
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.
World-wide osteoporosis assessment program may have flaws in clinical practice
10/25/2010 - The World Health Organization's osteoporosis fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) has many strengths, but can still limit clinicians, according to two speakers at the North American Menopause Society's 21st Annual Meeting.
Living in low-income neighborhoods may increase the risk of mobility problems among diabetics
10/22/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes who live in bad neighborhoods may be at an elevated risk for developing mobility issues, according to a new study from Indiana University researchers.
Thyroid-damaging fluoride may also be harmful to teeth
10/22/2010 - A new study suggests that infants who are fed formula that is reconstituted with fluoridated water are at greater risk for developing discolored teeth, which is also known as dental fluorosis. The compound is also classified as an endocrine disruptor that can cause impaired thyroid function, according to the National Research Council.
International Osteoporosis Foundation seeks to raise awareness about spinal fractures
10/21/2010 - A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) for World Osteoporosis Day draws attention to the severe impact of spinal fractures and calls on health professionals to recognize warning signs in their patients.
Researchers use infrared light to find signs of osteoporosis
10/21/2010 - Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York are developing a new way to monitor bone health and search for signs of osteoporosis using infrared light. At Frontiers in Optics 2010, Jason Maher, Andrew Berger and their colleagues will present ongoing studies of the effects of steroids on the bones of mice.
Low testosterone linked to increased type 2 diabetes risk
10/21/2010 - For years it was thought that high testosterone levels may increase a man's chance of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. However, the findings of a new study indicate that this may not be the case.
Study shows that thyroid-altering BPA may also contribute to premature births
10/21/2010 - A recent study conducted in Mexico City suggests that low level Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure may impact placental tissue development and thyroid function in humans. The presence of BPA has been documented worldwide in a variety of human biological samples.
Whole grains may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
10/21/2010 - Individuals who consume more whole grains may be able to limit their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from USDA researchers.
Father's health may influence child's type 2 diabetes risk
10/21/2010 - Men who eat an unhealthy diet and have excess fat may be putting their unborn children at a greater risk for type 2 diabetes. A new study from University of New South Wales researchers has shown that a man's weight and diet at the time of conception can affect their child's likelihood of developing the condition.
Doctors suggest osteoporosis can affect young people with poor diet
10/20/2010 - Experts say that osteoporosis no longer exclusively affects the elderly, and that poor diet and lack of exercise are putting many younger people at risk for the condition.
Insulin resistance may contribute to cognitive decline
10/20/2010 - Diabetes and its symptoms may have many negative consequences. In fact, recent findings from University of Texas researchers indicate that insulin resistance may interfere with cognitive function.
Brain may play an important role in the benefits of leptin
10/20/2010 - Studies have suggested that the hormone leptin may help alleviate many of the metabolic symptoms of type 1 diabetes. However, little was known about how the hormone delivers the benefits.

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