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Researchers uncover rising prevalence of alcohol-related deaths among type 1 diabetics
09/14/2011 - Individuals with type 1 diabetes are commonly advised to avoid drinking alcohol, as this may interfere with their blood sugar management. Yet, a new study indicates that many individuals with the condition may be ignoring this advice.
How prevalent is thyroid cancer in the U.S.?
09/14/2011 - Though it may seem like an easy disease to track, thyroid cancer can be relatively subtle, requiring oncologists and epidemiologists to analyze reams of data in the effort to pin down its prevalence.
Researchers find way to regrow insulin-producing beta cells
09/13/2011 - A team of researchers may have identified a molecule present in the body that stimulates the production of insulin-producing beta cells, which are lacking in individuals with type 1 diabetes, as well as developed a compound that protects this molecule.
Amount and length of time a person has been obese impact type 2 diabetes risk
09/12/2011 - A person's "lifetime dose" of obesity may be a better predictor of their risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a single reading of their body mass index, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.
Low socioeconomic status is associated with higher bone turnover, osteoporosis risk
09/11/2011 - Many physiological factors affect the rate at which bones break down and reform their mineral content, but new research conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) suggested that socioeconomic status (SES) may also have some bearing on bone turnover and the risk of osteoporosis.
Researchers develop new type 2 diabetes medication that produces few side effects
09/11/2011 - A team of researchers from Harvard University and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute is reporting it has developed a new compound that may effectively treat the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, while avoiding many of the side effects that accompany most currently available medications.
Can doctors accurately determine osteoporosis-related fracture risk without using bone scans?
09/08/2011 - Bone density tests are typically considered an invaluable tool for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, but new research suggests that physicians may be able to ballpark a patient's risk of hip fracture without resorting to bone scans.
New study suggests inflammation may not be cause of obesity-type 2 diabetes link
09/07/2011 - For years, it has been assumed that obesity led to type 2 diabetes by causing inflammation, which was thought to change the way the body reacts to the effects of insulin. However, a new study suggests that this hypothesis may need an update.
CSI: NY actor opens up about the personal, financial costs of thyroid cancer
09/06/2011 - After discovering he had thyroid cancer, actor Hill Harper decided to record his thoughts and frustrations about health, finances and family in a new book, titled The Wealth Cure.
Resveratrol shown to reduce risk of metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes
09/06/2011 - The antioxidant resveratrol, which is commonly found in red wine and grapes, may significantly reduce an individual's chances of developing metabolic syndrome, a collection of cardio-metabolic risk factors that often leads to type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
Opticians may help identify undiagnosed type 2 diabetes cases
09/05/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is an extremely common metabolic disorder, but estimates have indicated that up to 50 percent of the people with the condition are unaware they have it. New research suggests that opticians my have a role to play in identifying the undiagnosed.
For people with osteoporosis, exercise may encourage stem cells to become bone
09/01/2011 - Numerous public health authorities recommend that osteoporosis patients exercise as a way to build both bone and muscle, and now a seminal study has demonstrated that this skeleton-strengthening effect may be due to the way that physical activity activates certain stem cells.
Electronic health records shown to improve type 2 diabetes care
08/31/2011 - Electronic health records (EHRs) may help doctors provide significantly better care to individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
New study explains why only some obese people get type 2 diabetes
08/28/2011 - Obesity is widely regarded as the leading risk factor for type 2 diabetes, yet some people who are overweight never develop the metabolic condition. Why is this? The question has plagued scientists and doctors for years, with few satisfactory answers.
Metformin-exercise combination may be ineffective for type 2 diabetics
08/24/2011 - Both exercise and the common type 2 diabetes medication metformin are known to dramatically reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Nerve-locating technique results in fewer cases of hypoparathyroidism, vocal paralysis
08/22/2011 - A small percentage of patients who receive thyroidectomies experience hoarseness, hypoparathyroidism or even vocal paralysis due to a damaged nerve. Now, a team of Turkish researchers has determined which of two nerve-locating techniques has a lower complication rate.
Type 2 diabetes shown to increase glaucoma risk
08/22/2011 - The presence of type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure may significantly increase an individual’s chances of developing glaucoma, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan.
New paper questions evidence behind common cardiovascular treatment for type 2 diabetics
08/21/2011 - People with type 2 diabetes are known to be at a significantly greater risk of suffering a heart attack, particularly if they have high cholesterol.
Researchers assess type 2 diabetes predictive qualities of BMI and waist circumference
08/18/2011 - Body mass index may be as effective a means of measuring a child's type 2 diabetes risk as looking at their waist circumference, according to a new study from a team of University of Michigan researchers.
Few men with osteoporosis-related fractures seek out treatment for bone loss
08/17/2011 - Osteoporosis affects at least 2 million American males, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), but a new investigation revealed that older men are unlikely to see primary care physicians or seek treatment for bone loss following a fracture.
Article reviews rare cardiac metastases of thyroid cancer
08/16/2011 - Even among the most virulent types of metastatic thyroid cancer, the carcinoma is very unlikely to migrate to the heart, which is why a team of Australian researchers recently compiled a list of all cardiac metastases of thyroid tumors (CMTTs) recorded in the last 130 years.
Researchers identify protein that may control appetite and blood sugar, promising improved type 2 diabetes treatments
08/16/2011 - Higher levels of a particular protein may be the key to controlling appetite and preventing unhealthy fluctuations in blood sugar and other diabetes complications, according to a new study out of New York University.
Losing a moderate amount of weight can significantly improve sexual function of men with type 2 diabetes
08/15/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction in men, but new research suggests that simply losing a few extra pounds can help individuals regain their former levels of sexual function, as well as alleviate symptoms of incontinence.
Case study examines spread of papillary thyroid cancer to bones
08/11/2011 - Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) is generally considered the most benign of all thyroid carcinomas, with a low risk of metastasis, which is one reason why a researcher from Georgetown University published a case study of a patient whose PTC was found to have spread to many skeletal sites in her body.
Sedentary lifestyles connected to type 2 diabetes
08/10/2011 - People who regularly exercise may think that they are immune to type 2 diabetes risk, but new research shows that they may still be prone to the condition if their lifestyle is otherwise sedentary.
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