Endocrinology News and Research Articles

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. 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.
Hospitalizations increase among females with type 2 diabetes
10/13/2010 - As obesity rates continue to rise, the number of women who are hospitalized for type 2 diabetes-related problems is also increasing.
Eating right and exercising may help prevent osteoporosis
10/13/2010 - In honor of World Osteoporosis Day, which is October 20, Highmark - a health insurance agency - has released a list of tips for keeping bones healthy and preventing potentially fatal fractures.
Metabolic factors may increase women's risk of gestational diabetes
10/13/2010 - Doctors may be better able to predict a woman's risk for developing gestational diabetes before she becomes pregnant thanks to findings from a new study.
Study connects thyroid hormone to cardiovascular health
10/13/2010 - A new study published in the journal Circulation suggests that infants who are undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass surgery may spend less time on a respirator if they receive thyroid supplementation.
New research hopes to identify better type 1 diabetes treatments
10/12/2010 - Individuals with type 1 diabetes who have had little success in controlling their symptoms may soon have a new treatment strategy to try.
Insulin resistance may increase stroke risk
10/12/2010 - Insulin resistance, one of the earliest signs of type 2 diabetes, may increase the risk of stroke later in life, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Miami.
Bariatric surgery may be cost-effective weight loss strategy for individuals with type 2 diabetes
10/12/2010 - Obesity is one of the most common contributing factors to type 2 diabetes, a condition that can result in tremendous healthcare costs for those who have it. However, a new study has found that obese individuals who have developed diabetes may be able to reduce the costs associated with the condition by pursuing bariatric weight loss surgery.
Omega-3 may benefit those with insulin resistance
10/11/2010 - 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
10/11/2010 - 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
10/11/2010 - 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. 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
10/11/2010 - 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
10/11/2010 - 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
10/08/2010 - 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.

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