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New study ties red meat and processed meat to increased type 2 diabetes risk
08/09/2011 - A diet heavy on red meat and processed foods can significantly increase a person’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic risk factors may contribute to cognitive decline
08/08/2011 - Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and obesity may significantly increase a person’s chances of developing cognitive problems later in life, according to a new study out of the University of California, Davis.
Researchers explain history of clinical concept of osteoporosis
08/08/2011 - The concept of osteoporosis as a preventable, human-centric disease is a relatively new notion with a long formative history, one that a pair of Norwegian recently spelled out in an issue of the journal Science, Technology and Human Values.
Mobile phone technology may improve type 2 diabetes treatments
08/07/2011 - Using mobile phone technology could lead to significant improvements in the ability of individuals with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar and other aspects of their condition, according to a new study out of the University of Maryland.
Gestational hypothyroidism carries risk of neonatal cognitive delays
08/04/2011 - A hypothyroidism diagnosis is problematic no matter what stage of life a person is in, but for pregnant women the risks can be especially great, since research indicates that children born to mothers with the thyroid disease can have intellectual delays.
Adding muscle mass may reduce type 2 diabetes risk
08/04/2011 - Losing excess fat is widely considered to be one of the most important things an obese person can do to limit their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, new research suggests that adding more muscle mass may be equally as important.
HbA1c testing accurately predicts future heart disease risk in type 2 diabetics
08/03/2011 - Type 2 diabetes is a known risk factor for heart disease, but some diabetics appear to be at greater risk than others. This can make it difficult for medical professionals to accurately forecast which of their patients need to take steps to improve their heart health.
Type 2 diabetes may lead to pregnancy complications independent of obesity
08/02/2011 - Obesity is a well-established risk factor for pregnancy complications, but what happens when the mother-to-be also has type 2 diabetes? New research suggests that the metabolic condition dramatically compounds the chances of experiencing potentially serious complications.
Hypothyroidism is linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease, death
08/02/2011 - Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and researchers from Ohio's Cleveland Clinic have announced that people with hypothyroidism - even the moderate subclinical variety - may have a higher risk of CHD and of death in general.
Dedicated coordinators improve osteoporosis care for patients in smaller communities
08/01/2011 - Having a dedicated osteoporosis coordinator may help individuals with low bone density pursue the medical attention and preventive care they need following a low-impact fracture.
Menopause plays no role in type 2 diabetes risk
08/01/2011 - Going through menopause is thought to increase a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, particularly if she has one or more risk factors for the condition. But to what degree does the hormonal change actually affect diabetes risk?
Growing prevalence of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes may be behind rising liver cancer rates
07/31/2011 - Individuals with type 2 diabetes and other metabolic problems may be more likely to develop either of the two most common types of liver cancer, according to a new report published by a group of researchers from the National Cancer Institute.
Doctors update guidelines for detecting, treating hypothyroidism during pregnancy
07/31/2011 - A team of researchers associated with the American Thyroid Association (ATA) recently released a list of updated guidelines for the detection and treatment of the thyroid disease in expectant mothers.
Cholesterol medication may have big benefits for individuals with type 2 diabetes
07/27/2011 - An experimental medication designed to raise levels of HDL good cholesterol may also help individuals with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control, according to a new study out of the University of Sydney.
Dentists can aid in identifying individuals at risk for type 2 diabetes
07/26/2011 - Enlisting dentists in the fight against type 2 diabetes could lead to earlier diagnosis of many individuals who are unaware that they have the metabolic condition, according to a new study out of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
Researchers find no benefit to aggressive blood sugar lowering
07/24/2011 - Excessively high blood sugar is one of the main reasons for complications in individuals with type 2 diabetes, but aggressively lowering these levels may not be necessary. A new study from a team of German researchers shows that bringing glucose levels to near normal levels has few health benefits.
Doctors may one day use toenail clippings to diagnose osteoporosis
07/21/2011 - Dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans are currently the gold standard for osteoporosis detection, but new bone health exams are developed each year, like a toenail clipping-based test being created by an Irish medical technology firm.
Researchers say seizures related to osteoporosis medication are rare, caused by mitigating factors
07/20/2011 - The potential side effects of zoledronic acid, a prescription medication used to treat or prevent osteoporosis, include seizures, but research has found that these are exceedingly rare and usually the result of unanticipated drug interactions, hypoglycemia or a history of epilepsy.
Researchers find way to create stem cells for type 1 diabetes treatment
07/20/2011 - Fully developed adult cells may retain a "memory" of their past as pluripotent stem cells, which could potentially enable them to be re-engineered to serve multiple purposes, including treatments for type 1 diabetes, according to a new study out of Tel Aviv University.
Likelihood of wrist fractures varies by age, season, presence of osteoporosis
07/19/2011 - Individuals who suffer a wrist fracture may have a higher risk of being diagnosed with osteoporosis, and recent research has suggested that the risk of such an injury may hinge on a person's age and the time of the year.
Patient centered medical homes reduce costs and improve outcomes for type 2 diabetics, study finds
07/19/2011 - Anyone who suffers from type 2 diabetes knows that it can be an extremely expensive condition to live with. The frequent testing and constant need to take medications drive up costs significantly. Additionally, the complications that often occur add fuel to an already incendiary situation.
Researchers identify process that prevents type 1 diabetes from progressing
07/18/2011 - Promoting levels of a certain protein may prevent the immune system of a person with type 1 diabetes from attacking the pancreas, which could prevent the disease from progressing in individuals newly diagnosed, according to a new study from a team of University of British Columbia researchers.
Age, tumor size affect metastasis, prognosis for patients with follicular thyroid cancer
07/17/2011 - Though it is not the most virulent form of thyroid carcinoma, follicular thyroid cancer (FTC) is more likely than the papillary variety to spread to distant sites in the body, which is one reason why Japanese researchers recently analyzed the factors affecting the metastasis of FTC.
Researchers uncover why TZDs cause weight gain in type 2 diabetics
07/17/2011 - The class of type 2 diabetes medications known as thiazolidinediones, or TZDs, is very effective at lowering blood sugar levels in most people.
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