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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.
Bone mass may be directly related to metabolic health
08/18/2010 - 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
08/18/2010 - 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
08/18/2010 - 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
08/17/2010 - 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
08/17/2010 - 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
08/16/2010 - 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
08/16/2010 - 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
08/16/2010 - 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
08/16/2010 - 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.
Study: Prediabetics are not taking proper precautions to avoid type 2 diabetes
08/13/2010 - 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.
Exposure to perchlorates may result in hypothyroidism in pregnant women
08/13/2010 - 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: Bisphosphonate use may not cause esophageal cancer
08/13/2010 - 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
08/13/2010 - 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
08/13/2010 - 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
08/13/2010 - 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
08/12/2010 - 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
08/12/2010 - 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
08/10/2010 - 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.
Sensors can help type 1 diabetics control their blood glucose levels better
08/10/2010 - 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.
South Asian and African-Caribbean children may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes
08/10/2010 - 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.
Fad dieters may be missing important food groups
08/10/2010 - 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.
Thyroid disorder may cause lazy eyes
08/10/2010 - 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.

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