Endocrinology News and Research Articles

Implantable beads may end finger-prick blood sugar testing
10/04/2010 - While there are several potentially serious health complications that may arise from type 1 diabetes, many diabetics report that one of the most frustrating aspects of their condition is the continual pricks on the fingers they must endure to test their blood sugar.
Tenor loses his voice to thyroid cancer, recovers and performs
10/04/2010 - Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently came forward about his battle with thyroid cancer. The New York Post reports that the singer was diagnosed in 2005, after receiving rave reviews for his Met debut in "Lucia di Lammermoor."
Thyroid-disrupting chemicals found in Washington's Puget Sound
10/04/2010 - According to a recent study, most toxic pollution falling into Washington State's Puget Sound has decreased below earlier estimates. Despite the overall decline, the study found that industrial areas like Tacoma still have the highest air-deposited contamination levels in this area, including toxins that may cause thyroid and brain problems.
Halloween may pose temptations for diabetics
10/03/2010 - With Halloween approaching, some individuals with type 2 diabetes may have a difficult time resisting the temptation to indulge in sugary candy. While overdoing it may have serious consequences for these individuals, some experts say that it may be acceptable to eat Halloween candy in moderation.
Waistline and cholesterol linked to gestational diabetes
10/03/2010 - Gestational diabetes poses significant risk to women and their babies. However, tests for the condition have traditionally been invasive and unreliable. Results from standard tests may not be available until six months into the pregnancy, which may be too late for women to seek adequate treatment.
Genetic link between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease discovered
09/30/2010 - Type 2 diabetes has long been known to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. However, doctors were not sure the reasons for this correlation.
Eating foods that contain bone-building nutrients may help in preventing osteoporosis
09/30/2010 - Women who want to lower their risk of developing osteoporosis can eat certain foods in addition to other healthy habits. A number of dairy products, produce and nuts contain calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients, EmpowHer reports.
Garlic oil may benefit the heart health of diabetics
09/30/2010 - Cardiomyopathy, a type of heart disease, is one of the leading causes of death among individuals with type 1 diabetes. However, a recent study has shown that garlic oil may provide diabetics with significant protection against the deadly condition.
More individuals with type 2 diabetes use oral medication to control their condition
09/29/2010 - As new treatment options become available, fewer individuals with type 2 diabetes are using insulin to control their condition, according to a recently released report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Scientists discuss the ethics of placebo-controlled studies for osteoporosis research
09/29/2010 - In an essay appearing in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, two researchers, Clifford Rosen and Sundeep Khosla, wrote that placebo-controlled trials of new osteoporosis drugs can be performed ethically, if patient selection and other design issues are handled carefully.
Iodine-contaminated soy milk causes thyroid dysfunction
09/29/2010 - In Australia, a Supreme Court action was recently filed on behalf of 25 people who claim they developed symptoms linked to thyroid dysfunction because of high iodine levels in soy milk. Lawyers have launched a class action law suit against the distributors of a soy milk product that allegedly had seven times the safe dose of iodine, The Herald Sun reports.
Study shows that new drug may help in the treatment of thyroid eye disease
09/29/2010 - A study that will be published in the journal Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that rituximab showed promising results in the treatment of thyroid eye disease, an autoimmune eye condition, OSN SuperSite reports.
Research shows that celiac disease increasingly causes hypothyroidism in the elderly
09/29/2010 - Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center, recently found that celiac disease, which multiplies the risk of hypothyroidism, is on the rise, and there is evidence of increasing cases in the elderly.
Study finds link between air quality and diabetes
09/29/2010 - Air pollution may be contributing to a rise in the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., according to recent research from Children's Hospital Boston.
Older women who exercise may have lower risk for developing osteoporosis
09/29/2010 - According to research from Oulu Deaconess Institute in Finland, older women with thinning bones, who exercise regularly, may have sustained improvements in their balance and walking speed, and could reduce their risk for osteoporosis.
New study seeks to find the role of proteins in osteoporosis
09/29/2010 - The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently received a $1.76 million grant to identify new methods of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis.
Study reveals many primary care physicians are unaware of new osteoporosis drug
09/29/2010 - A new medication, Prolia, was recently approved for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at increased risk of fractures or patients who have failed on or are intolerant to other osteoporosis treatment.
Combination therapy may be more effective at treating thyroid cancer than chemo alone
09/29/2010 - According to research presented at this year's International Thyroid Congress, combination therapies may be superior to chemotherapy alone in the overall survival rates of thyroid cancer patients, Endocrine Today reports.
Researchers find that vandetanib may be an effective treatment for medullary thyroid cancer patients
09/29/2010 - A recent phase three trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) suggests that vandetanib, a once-daily selective oral inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth - which describes the lining of cells, extended progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with medullary thyroid cancer, Endocrine Today reports.
Improvements in diet and exercise reduce heart risk for type 2 diabetics
09/28/2010 - Lifestyle changes that include improving diet and getting more exercise are among the most important things that individuals who have type 2 diabetes can do to improve their overall health.
Blood pressure not linked to better diabetes outcomes
09/28/2010 - Doctors commonly tell their type 2 diabetes patients to closely monitor their blood pressure, as it is believed that elevated pressure may add to the workload of the heart, which may lead to poorer treatment outcomes.
Children with hypothyroidism may be able to improve the condition with a thyroid-stimulating diet
09/28/2010 - A new study reveals that a thyroid-stimulating diet rich in iron, vitamin A and iodine has been found to prevent children with subclinical hypothyroidism from advancing in their condition.
Osteoporosis becoming a major issue in Eastern European countries
09/28/2010 - Preliminary findings from an upcoming report conducted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) reveal the state of post-fracture care in Russia and many other countries in the region. The findings were announced at the IOF Summit of Eastern European and Central Asian Osteoporosis Patient Societies.
Preliminary screening may not benefit unborn children of hypothyroid mothers
09/28/2010 - Preliminary results of the Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Screening (CATS) study did not show a benefit of screening for hypothyroidism during pregnancy on the intellectual development of children.
Study: Thyroid cancer patients with lymphocytic infiltration have less recurrences
09/28/2010 - According to the results of a study reported at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, patients with thyroid cancer who show lymphocytic infiltration - a benign cluster of lymph cells - are more likely to have a favorable outcome.