Thyroid Diseases News and Research

High Normal TSH in Type 2 Diabetes May Mean Lower Risk of Stroke
11/18/2019 - Results of a recent study suggest that anyone with type 2 diabetes who has a TSH level in the upper normal range may be a reduced risk for stroke, an advantage given the increased overall risk for heart disease.
Is There a Diet and Fitness Plan for Thyroid Cancer?
10/20/2019 - More exercise will likely improve your survival after treatment for cancer, but it may also reduce your risk of developing cancer, including thyroid cancer; eating more whole foods is sure to improve the chance you will avoid thyroid cancer too.
Clearing Up Misconceptions about Thyroid Eye Disease
05/30/2019 - The first available medication, a biologic agent, appears very effective in treating symptoms of thyroid eye disease, providing a much more desirable alternative to surgery. This is welcome news for people with Graves disease.
What's the Best Treatment for Graves' Disease?
04/07/2019 - Choosing the right treatment to reverse hyperthyroidism is necessary for many reasons including reducing your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular events. For all but the older patient with Graves' disease, RAI may be the bets choice.
Even Modest Exercise Extends Thyroid Cancer Survival
02/01/2019 - Regardless of stage, type of cancer including thyroid cancer, or other health concerns, even a bit of physical activity means living up to 40% longer, ll it takes is walking even 1 to 3 days a week to extend your life no matter the stage of cancer, type of cancer, or cancer treatment you face.
8 Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Harmful Environmental Chemicals
01/03/2019 - Endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs, are chemicals that act the same as, block, or change the way that natural hormones act in the body. Learn more about EDCs and how you can avoid exposure to these chemicals.
With Thyroid Nodules, Bigger Doesn’t Always Mean Bad
11/27/2018 - The size of the thyroid nodule isn't enough to determine need for surgery, there must be signs of cancer from molecular tests or biopsy to warrant a thyroidectomy.
Graves’ Disease May Develop in Response to Multiple Sclerosis Treatment
09/17/2018 - The favored treatment for active MS is alemuzumab (Lemtrada) which often leads to development of Graves' disease, require close follow-up for months or even years.
The Heart and Your Thyroid: What You Need to Know
06/26/2018 - For the first time, researchers provide evidence that people with hyperthyroidism or Graves' thyroiditis are at increased risk for cardiovascular disease and even when the most effective thyroid treatment leaves patients at risk for up to 20 years. A heart-healthy diet and low blood pressure are important strategies to reduce cardiac risk.
Hypothyroid and Cholesterol: Too Little Thyroid Hormone, Too Much Cholesterol
06/21/2018 - Hypothyroidism, including Hashimoto's thyroiditis, may increase patients' risk for heart disease. Patients with a high TSH should have their blood cholesterol checked as they are at twice the risk for cardiovascular disease if both go untreated.
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and PCOS: Is There a Connection?
05/22/2018 - There is a 3-fold higher likelihood of having Hashimoto's thyroiditis in women who have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Both conditions raise the risk of infertility and cardiovascular disease, necessitating careful hormone management.
Barbara Bush Lived a Full Life with Graves' Disease
04/17/2018 - Barbara Bush lives for decades with Graves' disease but died at age 92 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Tired? Always Cold? Think it’s hypothyroidism? Think again
02/11/2018 - To address the uncertainty regarding treatment subclinical hypothyroidism, results of a pair of studies debunk any advantages to taking thyroid replacement therapy unless and until thyroid function worsens, unless you are pregnant.
Hypothyroid and Older? You May Not Need Treatment
05/08/2017 - If you've been diagnosed with mildly low thyroid function and you're an older adult, you may not get symptom relief from the commonly prescribed medication, according to new study published in New England Journal of Medicine.  
Some Pregnant Women Should Be Treated for Subclinical Hypothyroidism
02/03/2017 - Women treated for subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) during pregnancy are less likely to experience pregnancy loss, a new study shows, but they face a greater risk of complications such as preterm delivery, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Low Iron and Low Thyroid: A Link in Pregnant Women?
12/14/2016 - Iron deficiency and hypothyroidism may share a connection, a recent study from Belgium suggests.
Does Hyperthyroid Diagnosis Equal Higher Breast Cancer Risk?
10/16/2016 - A new study has found a link between hyperthyroidism and a slightly higher of breast cancer risk, according to research from NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residence at Concord Hospital, which was presented at the American Thyroid Association's 86th annual meeting. 
Low Thyroid Hormone Raises Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
10/10/2016 - People with prediabetes and low thyroid function were more than twice as likely to progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes compared to those with normal thyroid-hormone levels in a new study published September 30 in the journal BMC Medicine.
Does Underactive Thyroid Lead To Weight Gain—Or Vice-Versa?
10/03/2016 - New research shows that excess weight may be slowing down the thyroid, instead of a slow thyroid making it easy to pack on the pounds, says Cari Kitahara, PhD, MHS, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute who presented her findings on obesity, thyroid function and weight at the 86th annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Denver Sept. 24.
Thyroid Cancer: Epidemic or Overdiagnosis?
09/22/2016 - Many experts are now saying that not everyone with thyroid cancer may need immediate treatment—or any treatment at all—according to a Mayo Clinic expert speaking at the opening session of the American Thyroid Associaiton's 86th annual meeting in Denver. 
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy
08/01/2016 - A  large study from Denmark found that exposure to levothyroxine, used to help a sluggish thyroid (hypothyroidism), had no impact on birth weight and other factors. However, treatment with anti-thyroid medications for overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) was linked with a higher risk of preterm births, low birth weights and infant death.
Soy & Your Thyroid: How Much Is Too Much?
07/28/2016 - Eating large amounts of soy foods may not be good for some women's thyroid functioning, according to new research from Loma Linda University in California.
Levothyroxine for Sluggish Thyroids: Weekly or Daily?
07/05/2016 - Weekly doses of levothyroxine may improve compliance and work as well as daily, study finds. Not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
Common Thyroid Tumor Downgraded to Non-Cancerous
04/19/2016 - An international panel of pathologists and clinicians has decided to rename a type of thyroid tumor—until now deemed malignant—as non-cancerous.
For Best Thyroid Surgery Results, Pick Doctor With 25-Plus Cases a Year
03/21/2016 - Patients who need to have their thyroid gland removed, due to cancer or other conditions, should seek out a surgeon who performs more than 25 such operations each year, according to new research.  
 
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