Thyroid Diseases News and Research

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.
Statement addresses radiation, radioactive iodine, risk of thyroid cancer
03/20/2011 - In the wake of the radiation leaks at Fukushima I Nuclear Plant in Japan, U.S. health officials recently released a statement regarding the disaster's risk to thyroid health.
Delphian node involvement may mean worse outlook for thyroid cancer
03/20/2011 - A new study has determined that when thyroid cancer metastasizes in the Delphian lymph node, there is a higher likelihood that many parts of the neck will be involved as well.
Study: DNA-transcribing protein affects severity of anaplastic thyroid cancer
03/17/2011 - Anaplastic thyroid cancer is one of the most dangerous varieties of thyroid carcinoma, but a new study may have found at least one genetic controller that determines its severity.
Physicians note unusual reaction to radioactive iodine after thyroidectomy
03/16/2011 - Healthcare experts say that radioactive iodine can be safely administered after a thyroidectomy because only leftover thyroid cells will absorb the isotope. However, a group of physicians recently witnessed an exception to this principle.
In Japan, experts say biggest fallout-related risk is thyroid cancer
03/15/2011 - While experts are saying that North Americans are unlikely to be affected by radiation leaks in Japan, they are noting that Japanese citizens may have a higher risk of thyroid cancer.
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.
UN releases report on Chernobyl survivors with thyroid cancer
03/11/2011 - The biggest negative health impact caused by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster is the subsequent increase in Ukrainian thyroid cancer rates, according to a new United Nations (UN) report.
Japanese scientists analyze use of surgeries for papillary thyroid cancer
03/09/2011 - A group of scientists from Kuma Hospital, Japan, recently published a report analyzing the frequency and necessity of two common treatments for papillary thyroid cancer - the thyroidectomy and lymph node dissection.
Radioactive iodine does not boost recurrence of thyroid cancer in Chernobyl survivors
03/08/2011 - A group of Russian and Japanese scientists has determined that people exposed to radiation during the Chernobyl disaster are unlikely to develop recurring papillary thyroid cancer as a result of subsequent treatment with radioactive iodine.
Researchers explore atypical treatments for medullary thyroid cancer
03/04/2011 - Given that the survival rate for medullary thyroid cancer is not as optimal as those of more common forms of the disease, researchers in Germany have been exploring alternative treatments for instances in which medullary carcinomas do not respond well to radioactive iodine treatment.
Pre-operative ultrasound scans help predict outcomes of thyroid cancer patients
03/03/2011 - Among other medical tests administered to patients with thyroid diseases, ultrasound scans of the neck may accurately predict a person's post-operative health outcome, according to new scientific investigation.
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.
Angels pitching coach is back after thyroid cancer surgery
03/01/2011 - Mike Butcher, the current pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, has recently recovered from papillary thyroid cancer, following surgery to remove a nodule on his thyroid gland, ESPN reports.
In thyroid cancer cells, scientists look for repeats in DNA as evidence of radiation exposure
02/24/2011 - It has been known for some time that exposure of the head and neck to radiation therapy increases the subsequent risk of thyroid cancer. Now, a pair of researchers from Germany and the UK are looking into the likelihood that papillary thyroid cancer - which features DNA changes that were once thought to be due to aging - can be caused by radiation exposure.
Study explores link between thyroid cancer and genetic tumor disorder
02/23/2011 - For a number of years, scientists have been investigating the association between thyroid cancer and PTEN Hartoma Tumor Syndrome (PHTS), a genetic disorder that increases an individual's likelihood of having cancer.
Certain communities are at higher risk for thyroid cancer
02/22/2011 - While thyroid cancer has the potential to affect nearly anyone, researchers have noticed that many forms of thyroid cancer appear in certain populations more than they do others.
Researchers assess risk of nerve damage in thyroid cancer surgeries
02/21/2011 - While it has become more uncommon in recent decades, nerve damage incurred during surgery for thyroid cancer is still a possibility for people undergoing an operation to remove some or all of the gland. Recently, researchers tried to quantify the incidence of and risk factors for recurrent laryngeal nerve damage.
Nuclear imaging expert debates ablation therapy for thyroid cancer
02/18/2011 - A medical expert at the Weill Cornell Medical College recently published an article weighing the pros and cons of using radioactive iodine ablation after partial or total thyroidectomies.
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.
Paper points to association between medical scans and thyroid cancer rate
02/16/2011 - In a recent study, researchers at the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics explored the connection between radiological scans and the increased rate of thyroid cancer.
Study: Aggressive treatment is not always warranted for thyroid cancer in kids
02/15/2011 - A pair of endocrinologists from universities in Texas and Virginia recently published a review of pediatric thyroid cancer treatment in which they recommended a conservative approach.
Survey weighs notion of 'stunning' caused by treatment for thyroid cancer
02/14/2011 - In a new review of medical literature, a pair of nuclear medicine specialists from Stanford University has reviewed the long-held endocrinological notion of "thyroid stunning" caused by radioactive iodine treatment for thyroid cancer.
Survey of medical literature attempts to zero in on medullary thyroid cancer rate
02/11/2011 - Researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center recently published a review of 40 years' worth of autopsies in an effort to more accurately determine the rate of medullary thyroid cancer in the U.S.
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.
 
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