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Osteoporosis medication may increase risk of hip fracture
08/06/2010 - 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
08/05/2010 - 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
08/05/2010 - 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
08/05/2010 - 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
08/05/2010 - 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
08/04/2010 - 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
08/04/2010 - 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.
Prevalence of type 2 diabetes increases in First Nations population
08/04/2010 - A new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has revealed that the incidence of type 2 diabetes in First Nations people - those of Aboriginal descent - is greatly increasing. Men and women from this background were 2.5 and 4 times more likely to have diabetes than people in other regions.
Insulin-producing cells continue to proliferate, offer hope for type 1 diabetics
08/04/2010 - A research team at the Peninsula Medical School in England has observed that insulin-producing beta cells are capable of proliferating in patients with type 1 diabetes.
Obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes exhibit poorer cognitive performance
08/03/2010 - Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered that obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes are more likely to have cognitive impairments. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has also revealed that these individuals possess subtle neurological abnormalities.
German researchers: Waist circumference a better predictor of diabetes
08/02/2010 - As part of the quest to pinpoint the most effective approaches to diabetes risk assessment, a team of researchers has found that, contrary to a popular belief, waist circumference can be a better predictor of diabetes than body mass index (BMI).
Structure of insulin receptor may lead to potential type 1 diabetes treatments
08/02/2010 - Scientists at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have revealed the structure of a lesser-known component of the insulin receptor, creating the potential for new type 1 diabetes treatments.
Study analyzes pros and cons of iodine supplementation during pregnancy
08/02/2010 - Thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroidism, are a common complication of pregnancy, which has prompted scientific teams around the world to study iodine supplementation as a possible way to mitigate such risks.
Diabetics should be more aware of heat exposure risks, doctors say
07/30/2010 - Although heat increases the risk of diabetes complications, a new report has found that many people who live in hot climates are not aware of precautions they need to take.
Healthier gums may lead to better outcomes in people with type 2 diabetes
07/30/2010 - As researchers continue to seek cures for chronic diseases that have a high individual and social cost, they sometimes stumble on unexpected discoveries. For example, an international team of scientists recently found that treating periodontal disease can help lower blood sugar level.
Scientists test efficiency of BCG vaccination in type 1 diabetes treatment
07/30/2010 - Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the Iacocca Foundation have announced the completion of the first phase of clinical trials for type 1 diabetes, which suggest that bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccination may prove to be a viable treatment.
Mayo Clinic: Rarely used anaplastic thyroid cancer treatment highly effective
07/30/2010 - Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have said that a new approach to anaplastic thyroid cancer, which is a rare malignancy, has produced significant results, although it has only been used on a small group of patients.
Protein fragments may trigger type 1 diabetes in mice
07/30/2010 - A study at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has revealed a protein fragment that may be responsible for triggering type 1 diabetes in mice.
Texas scientists make inroads into possible type 1 diabetes cure
07/29/2010 - Type 1 diabetes is a currently incurable condition that affects some 340,000 Americans. Fortunately, recent genetic studies have shown that there may be ways to reverse the disease and improve these individuals’ quality of life.
Study: Gestational diabetes test may also help predict onset of type 2 diabetes
07/29/2010 - There is evidence suggesting that the test that helps diagnose gestational diabetes may also have a predictive value when it comes to the onset of type 2 diabetes.
Drinking coffee regularly may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
07/22/2010 - A new research study published by scientists from the Nagoya University Department of Applied Molecular Bioscience in Japan has revealed that drinking coffee may play a role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
Research uncovers 20 genes that increase osteoporosis risk
07/22/2010 - The immediate cause of osteoporosis may be vitamin D deficiency, but the often-crippling condition tends to run in families, and researchers have been working for many years to pinpoint the exact genetic basis for the disease.
Study finds evidence of a link between thyroid disease and Agent Orange exposure
07/21/2010 - Recent research has found that although Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the war do not appear to be at a higher risk of thyroid cancer, there may be a significantly higher incidence of Graves' disease among that segment of the population.
In an effort to fight osteoporosis, Canadian researchers update vitamin D guidelines
07/21/2010 - It has long been known that individuals who spend time indoors, use sunscreen, or live in high latitudes are at a higher risk of vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to health complications, including osteoporosis. With this in mind, Canadian researchers have released updated guidelines on recommended vitamin D intake, especially in northern populations.
Dealing with Diabetes in the Summer Heat
07/09/2010 - Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics may develop diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) which makes it difficult to cope with the summer heat. A large number of people with diabetes have neuropathy (between 60% and 70%), which may affect the ability to sweat and therefore cool the body.

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