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Specific exercises may help women prevent osteoporosis
10/06/2010 - 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.
Employees sue Texas Instruments for exposure to thyroid-disrupting chemicals
10/06/2010 - 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
10/06/2010 - 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.
Rumored hobbit actually human with hypothyroid cretinism
10/05/2010 - Research recently published in PLoS ONE explains how the alleged Homo floresiensis, or the "hobbit," was actually an iodine-deficient human.
Coal ash exposure may increase risk of thyroid cancer
10/05/2010 - 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
10/05/2010 - 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.
Researchers find substance in bone that plays a major role in controlling density
10/05/2010 - A recent study conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows how a group of substances in the body play a key role in controlling bone density. This research has led the team to begin development of a drug for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
Physical activity may help women avoid gestational diabetes
10/05/2010 - 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
10/05/2010 - 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.
Implantable beads may end finger-prick blood sugar testing
10/05/2010 - 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
10/05/2010 - 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
10/05/2010 - 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
10/04/2010 - 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
10/04/2010 - 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
10/01/2010 - 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
10/01/2010 - 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
10/01/2010 - 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
09/30/2010 - 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
09/30/2010 - 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.
Study shows that new drug may help in the treatment of thyroid eye disease
09/30/2010 - 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
09/30/2010 - 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.
Iodine-contaminated soy milk causes thyroid dysfunction
09/30/2010 - 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 finds link between air quality and diabetes
09/30/2010 - 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
09/30/2010 - 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
09/30/2010 - The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently received a $1.76 million grant to identify new methods of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis.

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