Endocrinology News and Research Articles

Combination therapy may be more effective at treating thyroid cancer than chemo alone
09/30/2010 - 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
09/30/2010 - 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.
Blood pressure not linked to better diabetes outcomes
09/29/2010 - 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.
Improvements in diet and exercise reduce heart risk for type 2 diabetics
09/29/2010 - 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.
Children with hypothyroidism may be able to improve the condition with a thyroid-stimulating diet
09/29/2010 - 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
09/29/2010 - 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
09/29/2010 - 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
09/29/2010 - 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.
Study: Subclinical hypothyroidism may affect lipid profile
09/28/2010 - According to findings of a recent study presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, subclinical hypothyroidism has been shown to have an effect on patterns of lipids in the blood with resulting cardiovascular dysfunction.
Well shut down for perchlorate contamination to prevent potential hypothyroidism cases
09/28/2010 - A well was recently shut down in Marion, Massachusetts, after test results revealed a perchlorate concentration in the drinking water of 2.2 parts per billion, which slightly exceeds the maximum permissible contaminant level of 2.0. Exposure to perchlorate, which is a chemical widely used in fireworks and explosives, has been tied to hypothyroidism.
New drug may increase survival rates of anaplastic thyroid cancer patients
09/27/2010 - At the International Thyroid Congress in Paris, researchers from the University of Pisa in Italy explained their research on a study of Zybrestat in the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer.
Presence of thyroglobulin after radioiodine treatment may indicate recurrence of thyroid cancer
09/27/2010 - Detecting thyroglobulin (Tg) after initial surgery and radioactive iodine (131I) therapy for thyroid cancer may be predictive of an early cancer recurrence, according to a study reported at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, Doctor's Guide reports.
Pregnant women with large waistlines and high triglyceride levels risk developing gestational diabetes
09/24/2010 - According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, a large waistline and high levels of triglyceride in a pregnant woman could indicate a risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Biomarkers could help determine a child's predisposition to type 2 diabetes
09/24/2010 - A study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revealed that biomarkers could help in the early identification of a child's risk for type 2 diabetes.
New type of CT scan may help researchers analyze osteoporosis
09/24/2010 - A novel nano-tomography method developed by a team of researchers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the ETH-Zurich brings new light to computed tomography examinations of minute structures at nanometer resolutions. Their first nano-CT images were recently published in the journal Nature.
Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes may be more prone to developing renal complications
09/24/2010 - According to research published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, four common variants of a gene have been implicated in renal disease development in Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes indicator is different in African-American and Caucasian children
09/24/2010 - A recent study conducted at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans has reported that the hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) response to blood glucose is different in African-American and Caucasian children with type 1 diabetes.
New laser technology may assist in the diagnosis of osteoporosis
09/23/2010 - According to an article in the current issue of Chemical and Engineering News, portable devices that use a laser beam to probe bones, teeth and other parts of the body for early signs of diseases such as osteoporosis and tooth-decay have recently been invented.
Hyperthyroidism may be associated with insulin resistance
09/23/2010 - A recent study presented at the International Thyroid Congress suggests that endogenous subclinical types of hyperthyroidism may have a larger metabolic effect on insulin resistance than the exogenous type of the condition.
Genetic factor may contribute to risk of osteoporosis
09/23/2010 - Scientists from the University of Barcelona (UB) have discovered that the genetic variant 677C>T, which is a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), may be linked to osteoporotic vertebral fractures.
Women who develop type 2 diabetes before pregnancy are at risk for birth complications
09/23/2010 - According to Canadian researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Women's College Hospital, nearly 50 percent of women who have type 2 diabetes before pregnancy have a potentially avoidable Caesarean section. Complications during pregnancy are becoming more common among women who develop diabetes during childbearing age.
Mothers who breastfeed may reduce their chance of developing type 2 diabetes
09/23/2010 - Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that mothers who do not breastfeed their children may have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Study finds that paratracheal lymph nodes may help in determining thyroiditis
09/23/2010 - At the 14th International Thyroid Congress, scientists from the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital in Turkey displayed their research on paratracheal lymph nodes and their value in sonograph findings of thyroiditis, which is an inflammation of the thyroid gland.
Hyperglycemia during acute illness could indicate risk for type 2 diabetes
09/22/2010 - A patient who experiences hyperglycemia during a critical illness may be in danger of developing type 2 diabetes. A new study published in the journal Critical Care has revealed that there may be a significant association between hyperglycemia during acute illness and the future development of diabetes or glucose intolerance.
French Polynesians who were exposed to nuclear waste may be at risk for thyroid cancer
09/22/2010 - Researchers from the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris recently announced that Polynesians who were exposed to fallout from France's atmospheric nuclear tests in the South Pacific face a low risk of developing thyroid cancer, the Associated Press reports. France carried out 41 atmospheric tests in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1975 before conducting all further blasts underground.

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