Thyroid Diseases News and Research

Study: Treating thyroid cancer during pregnancy can entail serious risks
02/09/2011 - Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common form of thyroid cancer, both in the general U.S. population and among pregnant women. A review of the medical options available during gestation indicates that treating thyroid cancer during pregnancy can cause several serious complications.
Non-stick chemicals may contribute to thyroid cancer, hypothyroidism, experts warn
02/08/2011 - New research has determined that chemical used to make pans and cooking appliances non-stick may increase the risk of hypothyroidism and certain thyroid cancers, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Obesity increases risk of thyroid cancer for men and women alike, metastudy finds
02/04/2011 - A comprehensive survey of five previous research initiatives found that obesity increases the risk of thyroid cancer for both men and women.
Scans show effectiveness of medullary thyroid cancer treatment, experts say
02/03/2011 - Researchers have reported using positron emission tomography (PET) scans to determine the effectiveness of a new prescription treatment for medullary thyroid cancer.
EPA decides to regulate drinking-water chemical linked to thyroid cancer
02/02/2011 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it has set a national standard for the allowable level of perchlorate, a chemical linked to thyroid cancer, in tap water.
Research team says diagnostic test for medullary thyroid cancer has mixed results
02/01/2011 - A pair of Italian clinicians recently determined that serum calcitonin measurement may not always be a reliable indicator of the presence of medullary thyroid cancer.
Man beats severe tracheal, thyroid cancer, has voice surgically restored
01/31/2011 - Surgeons at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital have reported performing a radical new operation on a tracheal and thyroid cancer sufferer.
Advanced thyroid cancer surgery leaves no visible scar
01/28/2011 - When thyroid cancer treatment requires surgery, many patients dread having a large horizontal scar on their windpipe. However, a recently developed surgical technique may assuage some of those fears.
Experts recommend 'individualized approach' to treating thyroid cancer in kids
01/27/2011 - A pair of pediatric endocrinologists have recently recommended a more conservative, or "individualized," use of certain therapies to treat thyroid cancer in children and teens.
Hospital's chief of surgery documents her recovery from thyroid cancer
01/26/2011 - Fox News medical contributor Cynara Coomer has reported being on the road to recovery after undergoing a surgical treatment for thyroid cancer.
Study links radiation in childhood to higher likelihood of thyroid cancer
01/25/2011 - Research conducted by endocrinologists at the University of Rochester Medical Center has revealed that being exposed to radiation in childhood may increase a person's risk of developing thyroid cancer later in life.
Sports anchor has recovered from thyroid cancer
01/24/2011 - Clare Balding, sports anchor for BBC News and former horse jockey, recently reported having fully recovered from thyroid cancer after more than a year and a half of treatment, according to the UK Press Association.
Jaw prosthesis gives Roger Ebert new chin after thyroid cancer surgery
01/21/2011 - While discussing his recovery options with a professor at University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), movie critic and former screenwriter Roger Ebert recently discovered that prostheses could give him the chin and jawline that thyroid cancer surgery largely removed.
Mary Murphy happy, in recovery after thyroid cancer
01/20/2011 - Choreographer and celebrity dance judge Mary Murphy is currently recovering from thyroid cancer, according to the Toronto Star.
Incidence of thyroid cancer increases while mortality rate dips, experts say
01/19/2011 - Thyroid cancer research indicates that the disease is being increasingly diagnosed in the U.S., although most healthcare professionals agree that its mortality rate has slightly decreased recently, according to Endocrine Today.
Researchers find Hashimoto's thyroiditis may be over diagnosed
01/13/2011 - A new study that was recently published in the journal Thyroid Research reveals that Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) may be too frequently diagnosed. The researchers report that the prevalence of HT is reported in between 0.3 and 1.2 percent of the population, which is twice the occurrence of type 1 diabetes.
California aims to lower legal limit of thyroid-altering perchlorate in drinking water
01/10/2011 - Recent reports have shown that high levels of perchlorate - a compound found in rocket fuel - in drinking water may contribute to impaired thyroid function in babies. In an effort to prevent this issue, officials in California are seeking to lower the legal allowable amount of the chemical in drinking water, the Press Enterprise reports.
Studies from 2010 reveal many advances in thyroid cancer research
01/07/2011 - As an overview of medical research on thyroid cancer for 2010, EmpowHer published the top findings in the field. Among several advances in research, one important finding was that thyrotropin suppression therapy may not be necessary.
Research shows bedtime intake of levothyroxine may benefit hypothyroid patients
01/04/2011 - According to new research, those who take levothyroxine, a synthetic thyroid hormone, at bedtime may cut their levels of the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) thyrotropin as well as boost free thyroxine (F4 hormone) and triiodothyronine (T3 hormone) levels in patients with hypothyroidism, according to Endocrine Today.
Risk factors may influence thyroid cancer's chance of spreading
01/03/2011 - As rates of thyroid cancer continue to rise in the U.S. and other countries, many adults aim to find what their chances are for developing the condition. EmpowHer reports that thyroid nodules are detected in up to 16 percent of imaging studies performed for other purposes.
Radiation exposure increases kids' risk for developing thyroid cancer later in life
12/27/2010 - University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have revealed that children who are exposed to head and neck radiation during a CT scan or cancer treatment may have an increased risk of thyroid cancer in adulthood.
Study shows perchlorate-contaminated water may severely affect babies' thyroid health
12/23/2010 - According to new research, babies who consumed water that was contaminated by perchlorate - a rocket fuel chemical found in inland drinking water supplies - had a 50 percent chance of developing thyroid problems. The Press-Enterprise reports that scientists from the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment studied blood samples from the heels of 497,458 newborns in 1998, from a California disease-screening program.
Radioactive iodine can be helpful and harmful to thyroids
12/22/2010 - Radioactive iodine, which is also known as I-131, is used in the treatment of thyroid cancer, reports EmpowHer. However, the compound is also a cause of the condition, as it was found in survivors of nuclear bombing, such as the events that occurred at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Study reveals thyroid dysfunction may signify hip fracture risk in older men
12/20/2010 - According to a recent study, older men with thyroid dysfunction may be at an increased risk for hip fracture. Endocrine Today reports that the researchers studied 3,567 men and women with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or euthyroidism, who were age 65 or older.
Thyroid-altering BPA may be found on dollar bills
12/17/2010 - According to recent research, Bisphenol-A (BPA) - a thyroid-altering chemical - can be found on dollar bills. News channel WBIR reports that BPA has been linked to obesity, infant brain damage, thyroid disease, various types of cancer, heart diseases and sexual health problems.

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