Hypothyroidism News and Research

Mild Thyroid Disorder Could Hurt Brainpower
11/11/2015 - People younger than 75 with subclinical hypothyroidism are at “significant risk” of cognitive impairment and even dementia, according to a new review of studies published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Study Links Low Selenium Diet with Thyroid Disease
09/13/2015 - A new study from China supports previous research showing an association between adequate dietary selenium and heathy thyroid function. The study also found that low intake of the mineral, reflected by serum levels, correlates with increased risk of a variety of types of thyroid disease.
Time to Rethink Thyroid Nodule Biopsies?
07/27/2015 - A new study makes a case for reducing the fairly aggressive surveillance that’s recommended for thyroid nodules. The results of the study, published in the journal JAMA, found that most thyroid nodules are very slow growing if they grow at all. Yet guidelines recommend frequent follow-up and testing to monitor the nodules for cancer.
Untreated Low Thyroid Function During Pregnancy Can Cause Trouble
07/22/2015 - Untreated hypothyroidism in pregnancy is linked to high blood pressure, preterm birth, miscarriage and even fetal death. Now new research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says more follow-up screening and treatment may help head off serious outcomes for mom and baby.
How is pregnancy-related hypothyroidism treated in China?
10/11/2011 - While prenatal hypothyroidism is about as common in China as it is in the U.S., cultural and demographic differences mean that the two nations deal with the condition in divergent ways, although that is beginning to change.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Phthalates, BPA may alter the body's thyroid hormone levels
07/11/2011 - Researchers have announced that exposure to phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA), which are common industrial chemicals, may alter thyroid hormone levels and potentially aggravate or even lead to thyroid disease.
Parathyroid tissue glows brighter than thyroid cancer under near-infrared light
07/04/2011 - Surgeons often complain about how difficult it is to leave the parathyroid glands intact while removing thyroid cancer or lymph nodes from the neck, but a recent study suggested a novel way to spot them.
Mild hyperthyroidism may increase risk of death among the elderly
06/06/2011 - According to a team of Italian researchers from the University of Parma, having mild, asymptomatic hyperthyroidism - a form of thyroid disease in which the gland overproduces thyroid hormones - can dramatically increase the risk of death among the elderly.
Morbid obesity reduces the effectiveness of levothyroxine for patients with hypothyroidism
05/18/2011 - Due to the dampening effect that a higher body mass index (BMI) can have on the body's absorption of a thyroid hormone replacement called levothyroxine (LT4), a group of Greek researchers recently investigated how morbid obesity might change the uptake of this drug in patients with hypothyroidism.
Scientists tabulate osteoporosis risk factors in aging fracture patients
05/10/2011 - Among aging patients who are admitted for fractures, more than a quarter can be found to have previously undiagnosed health conditions that contribute to the onset of osteoporosis, according to a study conducted in the Netherlands.
Antibody test predicts risk of thyroid disease after pregnancy
05/04/2011 - Women who are pregnant have a moderate risk of suffering from postpartum thyroid disease, which is why a Czech group of clinicians and biotechnicians recently tested the rate at which patients with a particular antibody develop thyroid problems after giving birth.
Medication for hypothyroidism may boost fracture risk
05/02/2011 - Elderly patients taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism may be at an increased risk for bone fractures, according to a new report released by the University of Toronto.
Exposure to flame retardant material may increase risk of thyroid disease
04/14/2011 - Research conducted at the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine suggests that exposure to low doses of a specific class of flame-retardant chemicals may alter the expression of thyroid hormones in the body, potentially leading to thyroid disease.
Lithium in Chilean drinking water may be causing hypothyroidism
04/06/2011 - High levels of lithium found in the drinking water of four hamlets in the Andes Mountains may be putting villagers at risk for hypothyroidism, according to a recently released report.
Genetic intestinal condition increases risk of thyroid disease, cancer
04/05/2011 - Recent research seems to confirm the growing consensus that an inherited intestinal polyp condition may increase the risk of thyroid disease.
Hypothyroidism may contribute to color blindness
03/31/2011 - Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research have announced that hypothyroidism may have a connection to difficulties in differentiating colors.
Many women with postpartum thyroiditis experience hypothyroidism
03/21/2011 - A study conducted in southern Italy has found that most women who experience postpartum thyroiditis (PPT) go through a period of hypothyroidism.
Certain pesticides are linked to hypothyroidism
03/13/2011 - A number of studies have associated certain pesticides with an increased risk of hypothyroidism and other thyroid diseases.
Autoimmune thyroid disease may cause symptoms even when hormone levels are normal
03/02/2011 - Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that often causes hypothyroidism, may lead to negative health effects even when levels of thyroid hormone are normal, according to recent research.
Thyroidectomy is declared a safe treatment for Graves' disease
02/17/2011 - Though it leads to hypothyroidism, full removal of the thyroid is considered a relatively safe treatment for Graves' disease, according to endocrinologists at the University of Wisconsin.
Canadian football player reports a rapid recovery from thyroid cancer
02/10/2011 - Two months after he had surgery to remove his thyroid gland, Canadian football player Anthony Calvillo has reported a steady recovery from thyroid cancer, according to the Montreal Gazette.