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New molecular test may prevent unnecessary surgery in patients with benign thyroid nodules
09/20/2010 - At this year's International Thyroid Congress, Veracyte - a molecular diagnostics company - announced that its fine needle aspirates (FNA) test determined thyroid nodules as benign with a high degree of accuracy, which could help thousands of patients each year avoid surgery.
Individuals who have spinal fractures may be at a greater risk for hip bone breaks
09/20/2010 - At the 2010 Annual Congress of the Spine Society of Europe, researchers from Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland explained the results of a study they conducted on bone fractures. Their research concluded that a vertebral fracture that substantially reduces body height should alert orthopedic surgeons of a patient's risk for a hip fracture.
Unique class of blood markers found in type 2 diabetics
09/20/2010 - A study published in Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association has revealed that people who have type 2 diabetes may have different blood levels of some ribonucleic acids (RNAs) than non-diabetic individuals.
New drug developed that may help people with type 2 diabetes
09/20/2010 - Australian scientists have found a drug that may potentially be useful in helping to treat type 2 diabetes.
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity rising in California
09/20/2010 - According to a recent study, the majority of adults in California classify as obese or overweight and more than 2 million individuals have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Thyroid cancer patients are increasingly using alternative therapies
09/16/2010 - In a report presented during the recent International Thyroid Congress, researchers from Boston University (BU) Medical Center found that more than 80 percent of patients with thyroid cancer report using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy. However, for 18 percent of those individuals, their CAM use was neither known nor prescribed by their physician, and their physician did not ask them about it, Endocrine Today reports.
Bariatric surgery before pregnancy may increase risk for gestational diabetes
09/16/2010 - A recent study published in the August issue of The Journal of the American College of Surgeons reveals that obese women who undergo bariatric surgery before pregnancy have three times the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Drugs commonly used to treat osteoporosis may contribute to thigh bone fractures
09/13/2010 - A number of studies have proved and then disproved that osteoporosis drugs - bisphosphonates - can cause esophageal cancer. However, these medications do have side effects, some of which are quite serious.
Study links obesity and type 2 diabetes to infertility in women
09/13/2010 - Insulin resistance - defined by persistently elevated levels of insulin and the abnormal regulation of blood sugar - is a common characteristic of type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study, it is also a feature of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common cause of infertility and affects up to one in 10 women.
Fish oils could help reduce inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes
09/13/2010 - University of California, San Diego School of Medicine scientists have unveiled the mechanism behind the effectiveness of omega-3 fatty acids in reducing inflammation and insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes.
Jet producer asked to clean up nuclear waste for fear of thyroid disorders among local residents
09/13/2010 - More than 50 years ago, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred just outside of Los Angeles. Boeing - the company responsible for the meltdown - has still not cleaned up the site, the Associated Press reports. Removing the toxic chemicals may be necessary for the health of the community, as research has shown that nuclear waste can contribute to thyroid conditions and cancer when it contaminates local water sources.
Cinnamon may protect prediabetics from developing type 2 diabetes
09/13/2010 - A study conducted by chemists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that cinnamon - which is known to contain powerful antioxidative compounds - could potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
NASA conducts research on osteoporosis in astronauts
09/12/2010 - In an effort to uncover several mysteries regarding bone loss and osteoporosis, NASA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are awarding grants to biomedical engineers. The funds will provide researchers with access to the unique microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station, in order to uncover why astronauts return from space with weakened bones.
New type of surgery may benefit thyroid cancer patients
09/12/2010 - Doctors at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are performing a new type of surgery that can remove thyroid cancer tumors without visible scarring, and without affecting speech or the ability to eat. An incisionless robotic surgical procedure called TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) allows patients to return to their normal lives in only a few days without significant pain or disfigurement.
China sees increase in hypothyroidism cases
09/12/2010 - A recent study conducted by the Chinese Medical Association's endocrinology branch shows that approximately one in 15 citizens is suffering from hypothyroidism. According to China Daily, this could be related to the nation's 1995 mandate to add iodine to salt.
Energy drink consumption may increase risk for osteoporosis
09/12/2010 - Millions of Americans drink energy beverages every day in order to be alert and have increased stamina. However, many of these drinks have dangerous levels of caffeine that may cause conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, Physical Therapy reports.
Scientists: People with undiagnosed diabetes should be screened for chronic kidney disease
09/09/2010 - According to a study that will be published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology, millions of Americans with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes may be unaware that they have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Gastrointestinal symptoms may be linked to type 2 diabetes
09/09/2010 - Several studies have reported that gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms may be closely linked to type 2 diabetes. However, more evidence is needed, as epidemiological data has been somewhat inconsistent and the frequency of upper and lower GI symptoms varies between different ethnic groups and populations.
Scientists: People with undiagnosed diabetes should be screened for chronic kidney disease
09/09/2010 - According to a study that will be published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology, millions of Americans with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes may be unaware that they have chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Researchers discover new model for predicting the effects of osteoporosis on the general public
09/08/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Insulin resistance can affect the arteries of type 2 diabetics
09/08/2010 - A study published in the May issue of Cell Metabolism reports that insulin resistance may affect the arteries of people who have type 2 diabetes.
New type of radiation therapy delivers faster treatment
09/08/2010 - Recent studies have shown that TomoTherapy - a system used to treat common and rare tumors throughout the body - may be more effective than other types of radiation.
Exposure to farm chemicals may cause hyperthyroidism
09/08/2010 - A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center shows that women who live on farms, and are exposed to common farm chemicals, may have a greater risk of developing thyroid disease.
Hemoglobin levels differ in African-American and Caucasian type 1 diabetics
09/08/2010 - According to researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and the Children's Hospital of New Orleans, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) responds differently to blood glucose in Caucasian and African-American children.
Researchers discover new model for predicting the effects of osteoporosis on the general public
09/08/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
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