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Researchers to investigate female hormone's role in metabolic processes
10/05/2011 - Estradiol, a hormone similar to estrogen that is commonly associated with female functions, may play an important role in the metabolic health of both men and women, and a team of researchers is trying to determine whether or not it can be connected to the development of type 2 diabetes.
Osteoporosis drug may double as pain reliever for metastasized prostate cancer
10/04/2011 - While bisphosphonates are currently prescribed as a treatment for osteoporosis, one variety of the medication may soon be repurposed as a pain reliever for prostate cancer patients with bone metastases.
Shift work may cause hormonal changes that increase type 2 diabetes risk
10/04/2011 - Working an overnight shift may cause metabolic changes in individuals that make them more prone to obesity, putting them at risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
Too little blood-borne adiponectin may boost risk of thyroid cancer
10/03/2011 - Research conducted by a team of Greek and American endocrinologists has revealed that too little of the metabolic protein adiponectin in the blood may increase the likelihood of thyroid cancer, while higher levels may entail a lower-than-average risk of the disease.
New study explains why different types of fat have different health effects
10/03/2011 - Saturated fats activate a key metabolic pathway associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, while polyunsaturated fats like omega-3s shut this pathway down, according to a new study from a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego.
PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome boosts risk of thyroid cancer, even in childhood
09/29/2011 - Among people with phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS), the lifetime risk of developing thyroid cancer is much higher - even in childhood, according to a recent set of case studies.
Study determines potential cause for diabetes-cancer link
09/29/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes are known to be at a higher risk for developing certain forms of cancer. However, medical professionals have been largely unclear on some of the potential causes for this correlation.
Researchers find cellular abnormalities cause some people's bodies to store more fat, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
09/28/2011 - Dysfunctions in the fat cells of some individuals may predispose them to obesity, type 2 diabetes and other metabolic disorders, according to a new study from a team of Swedish researchers. They said they hope their findings could lead to the development of new therapies that target these irregularities.
Improving type 2 diabetes treatment outcomes may be key to controlling healthcare costs
09/27/2011 - Lowering healthcare costs while improving treatment outcomes are among the top concerns of medical professionals and lawmakers at the moment. Improving the care of individuals with type 2 diabetes may be one of the most effective areas to begin addressing these problems.
Asthma linked to poorer blood sugar management in children with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes
09/26/2011 - Children who suffer from asthma and type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be more likely to have poorly regulated blood sugar levels, according to a new study.
Experts weigh the benefits of 'drug holiday' from osteoporosis medications
09/22/2011 - While bisphosphonates and other osteoporosis medications are not meant to be taken for decades on end, some physicians recommend that patients who respond well to several years of such pharmaceutical treatments consider taking a "drug holiday."
Researchers find high risk of side effects associated with two new type 2 diabetes medications
09/22/2011 - Two new drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes may be associated with an increased risk of severe pancreatic and thyroid side effects, according to a new study out of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Fine-needle biopsy can accurately diagnose thyroid cancer in large nodules
09/21/2011 - Having a large thyroid nodule does not necessarily indicate the presence of thyroid cancer, but physicians often recommend the use of an ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) in order to determine whether such a growth is benign or malignant.
A poor night's sleep may increase teens' risk of type 2 diabetes
09/21/2011 - A troubling number of adolescents are overweight or obese, which puts them at a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. New research suggests that they may be even more vulnerable to the condition if they have poor sleep habits.
Type 2 diabetes may increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease, study finds
09/20/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes may be significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as they grow older, according to a new study from a team of Japanese researchers.
Heavy alcohol consumption can fast-track osteoporosis onset
09/20/2011 - While light alcohol consumption does not harm bone health, multiple studies have shown that heavy drinking can drastically interfere with bone turnover and accelerate the onset of osteoporosis.
Diabetes increases late-life risk of thyroid cancer
09/19/2011 - While previous studies have suggested that diabetes increases a person's lifetime risk of developing thyroid cancer, a new report has announced that this association appears to hold true for retirement-age Americans.
Researchers discover new protein that plays a key role in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
09/19/2011 - In a finding that could have important implications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, a team of researchers has discovered a protein that plays a key role in the ability of cells to absorb glucose from the bloodstream.
Computer simulation models economic savings from adherence to osteoporosis medications
09/16/2011 - Most osteoporosis patients are aware of the individual physical impact of sticking to their treatment regimen, but it can be harder to conceptualize the economic savings that broad adherence to medications can have.
Researchers uncover rising prevalence of alcohol-related deaths among type 1 diabetics
09/15/2011 - 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.?
09/15/2011 - 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
09/14/2011 - 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
09/13/2011 - 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
09/12/2011 - 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
09/12/2011 - 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.

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