Hypothyroidism News and Research

Well shut down for perchlorate contamination to prevent potential hypothyroidism cases
09/27/2010 - A well was recently shut down in Marion, Massachusetts, after test results revealed a perchlorate concentration in the drinking water of 2.2 parts per billion, which slightly exceeds the maximum permissible contaminant level of 2.0. Exposure to perchlorate, which is a chemical widely used in fireworks and explosives, has been tied to hypothyroidism.
China sees increase in hypothyroidism cases
09/12/2010 - A recent study conducted by the Chinese Medical Association's endocrinology branch shows that approximately one in 15 citizens is suffering from hypothyroidism. According to China Daily, this could be related to the nation's 1995 mandate to add iodine to salt.
Study shows cognitive function in elderly not related to thyroid disorders
08/19/2010 - A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that elderly patients with subclinical hypothyroidism who received thyroxine replacement showed no improvement in cognitive function, Endocrine Today reports.
FDA approves thyroid medications with longer shelf-life
08/17/2010 - Individuals who suffer from thyroid disorders may be unaware that their medication has a limited shelf-life. Medicines that are past their expiration date may have decreased potency, which can affect their therapeutic value. Since thyroid hormone drugs are often prescribed in very small doses, product stability is very important.
Exposure to perchlorates may result in hypothyroidism in pregnant women
08/12/2010 - During the Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that public water systems do not need to be monitored for perchlorate. However, the EPA has since changed its decision and announced that it will review the effects of perchlorate on infants and children, as they consume more water per body weight than adults, Environment News Service reports.
Thyroid disorder may cause lazy eyes
08/09/2010 - People who suffer from thyroid disorders may experience both internal and external symptoms. For example, strabismus is a disorder in which the eyes do not line up in the same direction when focusing. This condition, also known as lazy eye, may be a result of hyperthyroidism.
Exposure to chemicals in hand sanitizer could lead to hypothyroidism
08/04/2010 - A recent lawsuit by an environmental nonprofit accuses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of allowing certain chemicals in household products that may put Americans at risk for hypothyroidism. Fox News reports that the agency claimed toxic chemicals found in antimicrobial soap and other personal care products could damage reproductive organs, sperm quality and the production of sex and thyroid hormones. The National Resources Defense Council alleges that these claims are true.
Study analyzes pros and cons of iodine supplementation during pregnancy
08/01/2010 - Thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroidism, are a common complication of pregnancy, which has prompted scientific teams around the world to study iodine supplementation as a possible way to mitigate such risks.
 
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