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Study: Thyroid function related to bone density
08/23/2010 - A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that healthy postmenopausal women with slightly elevated levels of thyroid function are at a higher risk for low bone mineral density (BMD) and therefore fractures.
Research reveals 12 genomic regions associated with type 2 diabetes
08/23/2010 - Scientists from the University of Michigan have found 12 regions of the genome that have DNA variants associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Study: Osteoporosis-related bone fractures decrease quality of life
08/22/2010 - According to a recent study, osteoporosis is more common in women who fractured bones when they were younger. The study, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found that women with this condition experience a similar loss in health-related quality of life as those with arthritis, lung disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Actress Catherine Bell beat thyroid cancer to become TV star
08/22/2010 - Catherine Bell is an actress, wife and the mother of her second child. The starlet has appeared on hit television shows such as Sugar and Spice, JAG and, most recently, Army Wives. However, Bell's toughest role is that of cancer survivor.
Urbanization is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes
08/19/2010 - A new study published in Public Library of Science Medicine reports that migrating to urban areas may be associated with a rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Long-term PPI use may lead to increased risk for osteoporosis
08/19/2010 - Individuals who use proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) - a group of drugs whose main action is a long-lasting reduction of heartburn - may experience health benefits as well risks, according to the Cortland Forum.
New study suggests link between childhood obesity and poor bone health
08/19/2010 - Research has shown that overweight children who do not receive enough exercise may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes. However, a study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that these children may also be at risk for osteoporosis.
Study shows cognitive function in elderly not related to thyroid disorders
08/19/2010 - A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that elderly patients with subclinical hypothyroidism who received thyroxine replacement showed no improvement in cognitive function, Endocrine Today reports.
Exposure to common flame retardant may lead to thyroid disorder in pregnant women
08/19/2010 - Women who have been exposed to high levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), a common flame retardant, may experience altered thyroid levels during pregnancy, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. This compound - which is used in carpets, textiles, foam furnishings, electronics and plastics - can be found in the blood of more than 97 percent of U.S. residents, although few studies have examined their impact on human health.
Gene associated with type 2 diabetes may be related to protein in sea creatures
08/18/2010 - According to a study conducted at Queen Mary's School of Biological and Chemical Sciences in London, new insight has been shed upon type 2 diabetes with the discovery of a protein released by sea creatures.
Surgery for cancer may be dangerous for type 2 diabetics
08/18/2010 - A study published in the April 2010 issue of the journal Diabetes Care has revealed that type 2 diabetes patients who undergo cancer surgery are more likely to die after the operation than cancer patients without diabetes.
Chinese herb may lessen the effects of type 2 diabetes
08/17/2010 - Research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Science in Shanghai, China has revealed that emodin - a natural product extracted from herbs such as Rheum palmatum and Polygonum cuspidatum - may be a useful treatment for type 2 diabetes.
FDA approves thyroid medications with longer shelf-life
08/17/2010 - Individuals who suffer from thyroid disorders may be unaware that their medication has a limited shelf-life. Medicines that are past their expiration date may have decreased potency, which can affect their therapeutic value. Since thyroid hormone drugs are often prescribed in very small doses, product stability is very important.
Bone mass may be directly related to metabolic health
08/17/2010 - According to two recent studies that are published in this month's edition of Cell, there may be a key molecular link between bone remodeling and metabolism. Researchers found evidence that bone acts as an endocrine organ through the release of osteocalcin hormone, which causes cells in the pancreas to produce insulin.
Recurring gestational diabetes may lead to birth complications
08/17/2010 - A recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reports that women who developed gestational diabetes during their first and second pregnancies may experience a recurrence during their third pregnancy.
People with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk of developing liver disease
08/16/2010 - Researchers from St. Michael's Hospital, the University of Toronto and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Canada report that adults newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are at risk for developing serious liver disease.
Proteins identified in type 2 diabetes-induced erectile dysfunction
08/16/2010 - According to a study published in the March issue of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, researchers at Case Western Reserve University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered molecular changes associated with erectile dysfunction induced by type 2 diabetes.
Researchers find clues about bone deterioration by studying bears
08/15/2010 - Researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) have found clues about disuse osteoporosis in an unlikely place, namely bear bones. Seth Donahue, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at MTU discovered that bears maintain bone formation while they hibernate.
Omega-3 fatty acids may not prevent heart disease for type 1 diabetics
08/15/2010 - A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health has revealed that consuming more omega-3 fatty acids does lower the risk of heart disease for women with type 1 diabetes.
Insulin delivery technology may help diabetics better control blood glucose
08/15/2010 - According to medical experts, the use of insulin delivery devices - such as pens and pumps - may enable diabetic patients to better control their blood glucose and minimize their risk for chronic health problems.
Exposure to perchlorates may result in hypothyroidism in pregnant women
08/12/2010 - During the Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that public water systems do not need to be monitored for perchlorate. However, the EPA has since changed its decision and announced that it will review the effects of perchlorate on infants and children, as they consume more water per body weight than adults, Environment News Service reports.
Study: Prediabetics are not taking proper precautions to avoid type 2 diabetes
08/12/2010 - A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine revealed that only half of prediabetic adults in the U.S. take precautionary measures to avoid developing the disease.
Study: Bisphosphonate use may not cause esophageal cancer
08/12/2010 - Some reports have suggested that the use of oral bisphosphonates may be linked to esophageal cancer. However, a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that evidence may not be conclusive.
Radiation exposure may increase risk of thyroid disorders
08/12/2010 - One potential cause of thyroid disorders is exposure to radiation. People who have been exposed to production of nuclear weapons or above-ground detonation of an atomic bomb may have a higher risk for developing thyroid cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Moreover, children who have been exposed to nuclear substances may be more vulnerable to these conditions than adults.
Vascular compression procedure may relieve symptoms of type 2 diabetes
08/12/2010 - Physicians at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have discovered that the central nervous system may be linked to the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes.

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