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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.
Relay for Life co-chair Jeff Vereecke battling rare form of thyroid cancer
08/15/2010 - Although thyroid cancer has a lower fatality rate than other tumors, there has been a 2.4-fold increase in its occurrence over the past 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that this form of cancer is more prevalent in women than men; however, men are still at risk.
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.
Children with celiac disease may be prone to poor bone health
08/12/2010 - Celiac disease is an inherited digestive condition, which is triggered by the consumption of the protein gluten, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children with this disease may need to include certain vitamins in their diets in order to prevent weak bones and osteoporosis.
High blood glucose during pregnancy may decrease child’s insulin sensitivity
08/11/2010 - A study presented at an Endocrine Society meeting reported that women with high levels of blood glucose during pregnancy are more likely to have children with low sensitivity to insulin.
Study: Immigrants have high risk of type 2 diabetes
08/11/2010 - According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, immigrants who are female and of South Asian or African descent are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than long-term residents of Ontario.
Certain foods may contribute to osteoporosis
08/09/2010 - Americans who are concerned about eventually having osteoporosis may want to reconsider the foods that they eat. According to Helium.com, weight loss diets have been associated with up to 25 percent of osteoporosis cases, due to improper levels of nutrients. In order to promote good bone health, people may want to eat balanced diets and avoid certain foods.
South Asian and African-Caribbean children may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
08/09/2010 - A recent study published in the Public Library of Science Medicine reports that South Asian and African-Caribbean children may be predisposed to developing type 2 diabetes.
Sensors can help type 1 diabetics control their blood glucose levels better
08/09/2010 - According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attaching a blood sugar sensor to an insulin pump helps patients with type 1 diabetes control their glucose level better.
Thyroid disorder may cause lazy eyes
08/09/2010 - People who suffer from thyroid disorders may experience both internal and external symptoms. For example, strabismus is a disorder in which the eyes do not line up in the same direction when focusing. This condition, also known as lazy eye, may be a result of hyperthyroidism.
Fad dieters may be missing important food groups
08/09/2010 - America's obsession with dieting is affecting the health of the female population. According to a new study by the Daily Telegraph, almost a third of women cut out entire food groups in an attempt to lose weight, which could result in malnutrition. Women who stop eating dairy may be missing crucial nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, which promote good bone health.
Misfolded polypeptides may disrupt insulin secretion in type 2 diabetes
08/08/2010 - A research team at the University of California, Los Angeles has discovered that small clusters of islet amyloid polypeptides (IAPPSs) may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
Thyroid cancer is on the rise, though treatable
08/05/2010 - Although papillary thyroid cancer is not common - with about 44,000 cases per year in the U.S. - rates are rapidly increasing, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Some experts speculate that thyroid cancer is on the rise due to exposure to low-dose radiation, The Patriot-News reports.
Osteoporosis medication may increase risk of hip fracture
08/05/2010 - In order to slow bone loss, many doctors prescribe bisphosphonates to Americans with osteoporosis. Despite the drug's intended purpose of warding off the condition, many people are suffering from brittle bones after taking it for more than five years, USA Today reports.
Mutated gene may induce development of thyroid cancer
08/04/2010 - Scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a gene called PTEN that may induce the development of thyroid cancer when mutated.
Osteoporosis may be under-diagnosed in men
08/04/2010 - Due to the fact that osteoporosis affects one in two women over a lifetime, many Americans are unaware that the condition affects one in five men as well. USA Today reports that because women generally have smaller skeletons, they lose more bone mass earlier and faster as they age. However, men with certain risk factors may be more likely to develop the bone-loss disorder.
Proper education may prevent the development of type 2 diabetes
08/04/2010 - The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) urged private insurers this week to include access to educational resources as a benefit for diabetics.
Exposure to chemicals in hand sanitizer could lead to hypothyroidism
08/04/2010 - A recent lawsuit by an environmental nonprofit accuses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of allowing certain chemicals in household products that may put Americans at risk for hypothyroidism. Fox News reports that the agency claimed toxic chemicals found in antimicrobial soap and other personal care products could damage reproductive organs, sperm quality and the production of sex and thyroid hormones. The National Resources Defense Council alleges that these claims are true.
Women with osteoporosis-related bone fractures experience lower quality of life
08/03/2010 - Osteoporosis is a disease that has become increasingly common among older women. Researchers who wish to understand the impact of this condition have found that individuals who experience bone fractures related to osteoporosis may have a significant reduction in health-related quality of life.
Chemicals found in water-resistant products may lead to thyroid disease
08/03/2010 - Adults who suffer from thyroid disease may be unaware of why they have the illness. However, new research shows that human exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) may be linked to thyroid problems.
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