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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.
Investigation finds thyroid cancer patients may be radioactive after treatment
10/20/2010 - A recent congressional investigation has found that cancer patients who were sent home after treatment with radioactive iodine have contaminated hotel rooms and set off alarms on public transportation, the Associated Press reports.
Women with normal BMD may require less frequent osteoporosis screenings
10/19/2010 - Since 2002, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that women ages 65 and older be routinely screened for osteoporosis every two years. However, a new study led by Margaret L. Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine finds that women ages 67 years and older with normal bone mineral density (BMD) scores may not need screening again for 10 years.
Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of colorectal cancer
10/19/2010 - Diabetes increases the risk for many health complications. Now, a new study from American Cancer Society researchers has shown that type 2 diabese may predispose individuals to colorectal cancer.
New thyroid cancer removal technique leaves minimal scarring
10/19/2010 - Thyroid cancer surgery often leaves behind a long and pronounced scar on the front of the patient's neck. However, doctors at the Medical College of Georgia have found a new technique that leaves minimal scarring.
Study shows vitamin D deficiency in IBD patients may lead to osteoporosis
10/19/2010 - A new study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's 75th Annual Scientific meeting suggests that vitamin D deficiency puts patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at greater risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia and an overall higher rate of abnormal bone density.
Thyroid nodule size may determine cancer risk
10/19/2010 - At this year's International Thyroid Congress, doctors from the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago presented research that found that patients with large thyroid nodules may benefit from surgery, as half of these nodules may be malignant.
Peer phone calls may help diabetics control their symptoms
10/19/2010 - Type 2 diabetes can be a difficult condition to manage. Between monitoring insulin levels and choosing the right foods, it can seem like the disease takes over a person's life. This overwhelming feeling can sometimes be the worst part of the condition for some sufferers.
New test may determine early menopause and help women prevent osteoporosis
10/19/2010 - The first research from the Breakthrough Generations Study, which was recently published in Human Molecular Genetics, could predict early menopause. Although early menopause is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer, women who experience this change are susceptible to other health problems including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and a reduction in fertility.
Increased rates of thyroid cancer may be a result of nuclear testing
10/19/2010 - According to a recent New York Times article, thyroid cancer in the U.S. has been on the rise for nearly 40 years. This means that the impacts of radioactive iodine fallout from nuclear weapons testing cannot be ruled out, according to CounterPunch.org.
Diabetics face higher risk following surgery
10/19/2010 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes may be at significantly higher risk of death following surgery than non-diabetics, according to the findings of a new study, which was presented at the conference Anesthesiology 2010.
Healthy diet may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
10/18/2010 - Eating a more nutritious diet may be an effective way for individuals to lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Lund University researchers.
Communities launch diabetes prevention programs
10/18/2010 - Children who are obese are significantly more likely to carry extra weight with them into adulthood. This dramatically increases their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
National diabetes month seeks to raise awareness of the condition
10/18/2010 - Nearly one quarter of all type 2 diabetes sufferers don’t know that they have the condition, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In an effort to make more individuals aware of their condition, groups across the country have begun offering free glucose screenings.
Weight loss pills may contain dangerous ingredients, including thyroid hormones
10/18/2010 - A recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology shows that so-called "natural" slimming therapies were suspected in 66 poisonings. UPI.com reports that the weight-loss products were often laced with thyroid hormones, resulting in severe thyroid disruption.
Indian doctors perform surgery to relieve elderly osteoporosis patient
10/18/2010 - Doctors from Bangaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, recently performed a pinhole - sutureless - spine surgery on a 75-year-old woman with osteoporosis.
Waist circumference may predict children who are at risk for type 2 diabetes later in life
10/15/2010 - In their ongoing search for controllable risk factors that may lead to type 2 diabetes, researchers from the University of Georgia may have found that a larger waist circumference may increase an child's chances of developing the condition later in life.
Mediterranean diet may lower diabetes risk
10/15/2010 - Sticking to a Mediterranean diet may help older individuals cut their risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from Spanish researchers.
Scientists make advances in hyperthyroidism drug research
10/15/2010 - A team of scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) recently synthesized a key molecule that could potentially translate into a drug for hyperthyroidism, the Wall Street Journal reports. The findings were published in Angewandte Chemie, a chemistry journal published out of Germany.
Many individuals are unaware of their risk for osteoporosis
10/15/2010 - Osteoporosis, which is often referred to as a "silent disease," can result in painful and dangerous fractures, particularly after a fall. Since the condition has no symptoms, falls can be especially bad for people who are unaware they have low bone density.
FDA approves new osteoporosis medication
10/15/2010 - This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a delayed-release formulation of risedronate sodium for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. According to manufacturer Warner Chilcott, Atelvia is equivalent to standard risedronate (Actonel), Endocrine Today reports.
European conference discusses prevention of spinal fractures
10/14/2010 - At a press conference held in Belgium this week, the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the Belgian Bone Club and the European Parliament Osteoporosis Interest Group called on healthcare professionals and health policy officials in Europe to take action to prevent spinal fractures.
California residents object to use of potential thyroid disrupting pesticide
10/14/2010 - This month, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation is considering whether to approve methyl iodide - a potentially cancer causing and thyroid disrupting chemical - for use in the state's fields, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.
Osteoporosis drugs may increase stroke risk in cancer patients
10/14/2010 - New research reveals that cancer patients who are treated with osteoporosis-fighting drugs such as bisphosphonates are at an increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms and stroke. The study appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Common gene may contribute to type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease
10/13/2010 - Doctors have long reported a correlation between Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes, but an explanation for this correlation has long eluded science. However, the findings of a new study from Mount Sinai School of Medicine may help explain the relationship.

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