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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.
Can doctors accurately determine osteoporosis-related fracture risk without using bone scans?
09/09/2011 - 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
09/08/2011 - 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
09/07/2011 - 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
09/07/2011 - 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
09/06/2011 - 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
09/02/2011 - 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
09/01/2011 - 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
08/29/2011 - 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
08/25/2011 - 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
08/23/2011 - 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.

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