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Australian celebrity opens up about thyroid cancer diagnosis and recovery
08/25/2010 - Mark Holden, former Australian Idol judge and 1970s pop music star, recently spoke to the media about his battle with thyroid cancer. The 56-year-old was diagnosed earlier this year after discovering a lump in his neck last September, Australian Women's Weekly (AWW) reports.
Researchers explore whether type 2 diabetes induces the development of cancer
08/24/2010 - Swedish researchers have set out to determine why individuals with type 2 diabetes seem to have a higher risk of developing cancer.
Scientists compare risk of two medications for type 2 diabetes
08/24/2010 - Research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes has revealed that the risk of heart disease and death were similar for type 2 diabetes patients who took either rosiglitazone or pioglitazone.
Advanced treatment has reduced death rate from type 1 diabetes
08/23/2010 - A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health reports that advanced treatment and care have reduced the overall death rates of patients with type 1 diabetes.
Soy isoflavones may increase bone health
08/23/2010 - Most people are aware that milk and dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D, which promote bone strength. However, a number of other natural compounds in foods might help strengthen bones as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers find potential cause of valproate's bone loss effects
08/17/2010 - Adults who suffer from neurological conditions such as bipolar disorder and epilepsy are often given the drug valproate as part of ongoing treatment. However, long-term use of this medication is known to cause bone loss, which could lead to osteoporosis.
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.
Thyroid hormone screenings may help prevent osteoporosis
08/17/2010 - In order to prevent osteoporosis, many medical professionals recommend weight-bearing exercise and increased calcium intake. However, post-menopausal women may also benefit from routine thyroid hormone screenings, as endocrine imbalances may cause bone mineral density (BMD) loss.
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.
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