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Omega-3 may benefit those with insulin resistance
10/10/2010 - While much of what Americans eat tends to be low in nutrition, some popular food choices may actually help prevent type 2 diabetes in individuals who have recently entered the early stages of the condition.
Intensive weight loss programs may benefit obese individuals at risk of developing type 2 diabetes
10/10/2010 - Losing weight and improving fitness may be among the most important things that overweight individuals can do to avoid developing type 2 diabetes, which is a potentially devastating condition.
Doctors discuss oral bisphosphonates alternatives for osteoporosis patients at international meeting
10/10/2010 - After recent reports linked the osteoporosis medications bisphosphonates to an increased risk of esophageal cancer, a number of physicians world-wide have discussed safer ways to administer the drug. AMEinfo.com reports that at a medical meeting in Dubai titled Optimizing Osteoporosis Treatment, orthopedic surgeons discussed the risk of fracture in osteoporotic patients and the available treatment options.
Researchers find new method for studying infections in orthopedic implants
10/10/2010 - Many osteoporosis sufferers receive orthopedic implants to replace bone or cartilage that has deteriorated. Despite advances in design, hospitals have been unable to address bacterial infection, which is the leading cause of failure in this procedure. In an effort to improve this process, researchers from the Stevens Institute of Technology found a new method for studying bacterial infections in the implants.
Unnecessary exposure to radiation may lead to thyroid cancer
10/10/2010 - Many Americans are receiving dangerously high doses of radiation from an unlikely source. Despite potential thyroid and other cancer risks, CT scans - tests that use a focused beam of X-rays to provide a sharp cross-section view of soft tissues - are a powerful source of radiation that are used every day, the LA Times reports.
Study shows prostate cancer treatment may cause bone decay
10/07/2010 - Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia recently found that a common treatment for prostate cancer called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) may cause bone decay.
Language barriers interfere with diabetes control
10/07/2010 - Language barriers may contribute to significantly poorer treatment outcomes in individuals with type 2 diabetes who cannot discuss their condition with their doctor in their native language.
Experts remind parents and teachers to check for signs of type 1 diabetes
10/07/2010 - Due to the fact that the majority of type 1 diabetes incidents happen during the fall and winter months, many experts say that the back-to-school seasons should act as a reminder to parents and teachers to be on the lookout for symptoms.
EPA launches cleanup efforts of thyroid disrupting chemicals in California water supply
10/07/2010 - This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will build pumps and treatment systems to clean contaminated groundwater from the Rialto-Colton basin in California, and deliver it to homes and businesses. The cleanup, is an effort to remove toxic chemicals which have been linked to thyroid problems and cancer.
Ultrasound device may improve bone healing
10/07/2010 - A recent report published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders shows how the use of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in patients with tibial fractures may speed up the healing process and increase bone mineral density (BMD). This information may be beneficial to osteoporosis patients who suffer from painful bone fractures.
Research helps explain differences in diabetes among American and Brits
10/06/2010 - Despite many similarities in type 2 diabetes risk factors, the disease is much more prevalent among American men and women than it is among British adults. For years, scientists have been hard pressed to explain this difference.
Hypoglycemic events may predict poor outcomes in type 2 diabetics
10/06/2010 - Episodes of severe hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetics may contribute to more cardiovascular complications and an increased risk of death, according to a new study.
Experts recommend call for changes in diabetes testing and treatment
10/06/2010 - In light of recent scientific findings, experts are calling for a realigning of testing and treatment strategies for type 2 diabetes.
Doctors see increase in patients with osteoporosis symptoms in feet
10/06/2010 - According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, osteoporosis is frequently referred to as the "silent crippler" since it often progresses without any symptoms or is not diagnosed until a person experiences pain from a bone fracture. The college recently reported that unexplained foot fractures may be the first sign of osteoporosis.
Study shows that Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone density in healthy children
10/06/2010 - According to a new study published in the Cochrane Systematic Review, giving vitamin D supplements to healthy children with normal vitamin D levels does not improve their bone density.
Immune cells may be responsible for type 1 diabetes, study finds
10/05/2010 - New research into the role that the immune system plays in type 1 diabetes may lead to improved treatments for the condition in the near future.
Specific exercises may help women prevent osteoporosis
10/05/2010 - Primary care physicians often recommend that middle-aged women, particularly those who are petite, engage in weight-bearing exercise in order to prevent osteoporosis. However, many women are unsure of how much weight is necessary, and which exercises offer the greatest benefit.
Study shows cancer stem cells present in thyroid cancer
10/05/2010 - A study presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress supports the existence of cancer stem cells in thyroid cancer.
Employees sue Texas Instruments for exposure to thyroid-disrupting chemicals
10/05/2010 - In recent weeks, employees of Texas Instruments have sued the company for exposure to "hazardous chemicals and substances" which resulted in birth defects in seven children. Court House News reports that birth defects include partial blindness, undescended testicles and developmental delay, scoliosis, malformed vertebrae and Graves disease, which is a thyroid disorder.
Harvard researchers look to the wisdom of crowds to solve diabetes problem
10/05/2010 - After decades of research and trials, scientists have been unable to cure type 1 diabetes. While advancements have been made in testing and treatment strategies, the ultimate answer to the question has remained elusive to researchers.
Coal ash exposure may increase risk of thyroid cancer
10/04/2010 - Little Blue Run Dam is an unlined coal fly ash impoundment that reaches into parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For those living near this and similar facilities, the risk of thyroid and other cancers can be as high as 1 in 50, which is 2,000 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "acceptable cancer risk of 1 in 100,000." This statistic only takes into account the risk of cancer from arsenic exposure in drinking water, AlterNet reports.
Study finds alternative medicines are underreported in osteoporosis patients
10/04/2010 - A recent study shows that most complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is not being reported to primary care physicians, which is important as CAMs can have possible clinical interactions, the Irish Medical Times reports.
Rumored hobbit actually human with hypothyroid cretinism
10/04/2010 - Research recently published in PLoS ONE explains how the alleged Homo floresiensis, or the "hobbit," was actually an iodine-deficient human.
Physical activity may help women avoid gestational diabetes
10/04/2010 - As obesity rates continue to rise, the number of women who develop gestational diabetes is also increasing. However, a new study has found that physical activity and improved fitness levels prior to pregnancy may help women avoid the condition.
Study shows older men are under-treated for osteoporosis
10/04/2010 - A new study suggests that elderly men are often overlooked for signs of osteoporosis. The research was conducted at the University of Sydney and saw that in a group of 1,626 men aged 70 and older, one-quarter had osteoporosis and should have been receiving subsidized treatment, The Medical News reports.
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