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Study: BPA exposure may lead to thyroid hormone changes in men
08/27/2010 - An international group of researchers from the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter recently identified changes in sex hormones that are associated with bisphenol A (BPA) in men. BPA, which has also been associated with thyroid hormone disruption, is a chemical commonly used in food and drink containers.
Child abuse may increase risks of osteoporosis in adulthood
08/27/2010 - According to a new study, physical, sexual or psychological trauma suffered in childhood may lead to a weakened immune system later in life. Adults with weakened immune systems often suffer from poor bone and heart health, as well as a number of other bodily issues.
Mayo Clinic creates four new anaplastic thyroid cancer cell lines for research
08/27/2010 - Several years ago, scientists from the Mayo Clinic discovered that the laboratory samples of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) that they were using for research were from some other type of cancer. The researchers then set out to create a new set of laboratory ATC cells, derived from tumors donated by patients.
Evidence found linking type 2 diabetes and many cancers
08/26/2010 - Experts at the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society have revealed emerging evidence that connects type 2 diabetes and the incidence of cancer.
Obesity and weight gain later in life may increase risk for type 2 diabetes
08/26/2010 - A study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that people over age 65 who are obese, carry excess fat around the waist or gain weight later in life have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.
Children with bowel disease may have increased risk of developing osteoporosis
08/26/2010 - Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis that affect the intestinal tract. A new study suggests that children with IBD may be at risk for low bone mineral density (BMD).
Australian celebrity opens up about thyroid cancer diagnosis and recovery
08/26/2010 - 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
08/25/2010 - 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
08/25/2010 - 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
08/24/2010 - 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
08/24/2010 - 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
08/24/2010 - 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
08/24/2010 - 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
08/23/2010 - 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
08/23/2010 - 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
08/20/2010 - 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.
Study shows cognitive function in elderly not related to thyroid disorders
08/20/2010 - 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
08/20/2010 - 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
08/20/2010 - 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.
Exposure to common flame retardant may lead to thyroid disorder in pregnant women
08/20/2010 - 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
08/19/2010 - 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
08/19/2010 - 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.
FDA approves thyroid medications with longer shelf-life
08/18/2010 - 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
08/18/2010 - 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
08/18/2010 - 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.

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