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Fish oils could help reduce inflammation associated with type 2 diabetes
09/14/2010 - 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
09/14/2010 - 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
09/14/2010 - 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
09/14/2010 - 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.
NASA conducts research on osteoporosis in astronauts
09/13/2010 - 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
09/13/2010 - 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
09/13/2010 - 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
09/13/2010 - 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
09/10/2010 - 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
09/10/2010 - 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).
Scientists: People with undiagnosed diabetes should be screened for chronic kidney disease
09/10/2010 - 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
09/09/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
New type of radiation therapy delivers faster treatment
09/09/2010 - 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.
Insulin resistance can affect the arteries of type 2 diabetics
09/09/2010 - 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.
Exposure to farm chemicals may cause hyperthyroidism
09/09/2010 - 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
09/09/2010 - 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
09/09/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Obesity may lead to insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes
09/08/2010 - Research conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has revealed that insulin may reduce the inflammation that is caused by obesity, thereby lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Overeating has bigger consequences in families with a history of type 2 diabetes
09/08/2010 - Australian researchers have revealed that healthy people who are genetically predisposed for type 2 diabetes gain more weight when they overeat.
Hepatitis C may increase risk of type 2 diabetes
09/07/2010 - Scientists have known for years that people who have Hepatitis C are up to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. An Australian research team has confirmed that these individuals have a high level of insulin resistance in muscle, a common precursor to the disease.
Genes leading to insulin sensitivity may not be stimulated in type 2 diabetics
09/07/2010 - A study conducted at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland has shown that obese people carry abnormal genes and proteins that may contribute to insulin resistance.
Low thyroid hormone may be linked to longevity
09/07/2010 - According to a new study conducted by researchers from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, a less active thyroid may mean more years added to your life, Reuters reports.
Vitamin K2 could boost bone health
09/07/2010 - Recent research has touted vitamin K2 as being beneficial to heart, bone and brain health. The vitamin can help bones because K2 functions as a contributor to the enzyme that catalyzes the production of osteocalcin - a protein produced by osteoblasts, which are cells responsible for bone formation, Mercola.com reports.
Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey battles thyroid cancer and continues to dance
09/07/2010 - Actress Jennifer Grey may be best known for her role in the movie Dirty Dancing, and she has recently joined the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). However, the actress recently battled thyroid cancer, which was found during her pre-DWTS health screening, USA Today reports.
Impaired self-control can be a symptom of type 2 diabetes
09/03/2010 - A study published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine reports that type 2 diabetes - a very common disease associated with obesity - may be associated with an inability to resist the temptation of food. The neurological changes that result from poor impulse control may exacerbate diabetes.

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