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Vitamin D deficiency may lead to osteoporosis
09/21/2010 - New research suggests that increased vitamin D intake, especially in the form of vitamin D3, may contribute to improved bone strength, according to the Vitamin D Council. Those who do not get enough of the nutrient, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently revealed that she suffers from osteopenia as a result of vitamin D deficiency, may develop more serious conditions such as osteoporosis.
Survey: Busy lifestyles may keep type 2 diabetics from taking insulin as prescribed
09/21/2010 - According to the Global Attitudes of Patients and Physicians in Insulin Therapy (GAPP) study, more than one in three patients with type 2 diabetes fail to take their insulin as prescribed.
Type 2 diabetes patients may benefit from cholesterol testing
09/21/2010 - According to health officials, patients with type 2 diabetes would greatly benefit from receiving a cholesterol test.
Biological clock protein may be tied to type 2 diabetes
09/21/2010 - A protein that regulates the biological clock in mammals may also regulate glucose production in the liver. According to scientists at the University of California, San Diego, changing the levels of this protein has been shown to improve the health of diabetic mice.
Study shows that Holocaust survivors have increased risk for osteoporosis
09/20/2010 - Osteoporosis, which is described as the weakening of bones, can be a result of starvation and emotional stress. These findings were reported in a recent study conducted by Dr Iris Vered of the Endocrine Institute at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Hyperthyroidism may lead to increased osteoporosis risk in premenopausal women
09/20/2010 - The most recent issues of Nutrition & Metabolism features a study on hyperthyroidism and its relation to reduced bone mineral density (BMD) and increased fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Researchers from the Department of Endocrinology at the National University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark found that thyroid hormones and thyroid autoantibodies may have an effect on BMD in premenopausal women.
New drug could help those with aggressive thyroid cancer
09/20/2010 - A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology reveals that the drug pazopanib may help patients with metastatic, rapidly progressing thyroid cancers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).

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