Thyroid Diseases News and Research

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.
Urging Individualized Treatment for Thyroid Cancer in Kids
01/27/2011 - A pair of pediatric endocrinologists  recommend 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.
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.
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.
Study suggests childhood exposure to radiation may increase thyroid cancer risk
12/17/2010 - Recent research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) reveals that children who are exposed to head and neck radiation have a greater risk of thyroid cancer for more than 58 years, compared to those who had no exposure. Researchers wrote that children could receive this type of radiation from cancer treatments or multiple CT scans.
Research shows a large head may signify cancer risk
12/14/2010 - According to recent research from the Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute, a large head circumference may suggest an increased risk of breast, thyroid and uterine cancer. News Max Health reports that researchers studied 127 patients who carry the genetic mutation that causes Cowden syndrome, which is associated with heightened cancer risk and large head size.
Teen with thyroid cancer searches for cause
12/14/2010 - A teenager from North Carolina who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer may have made a discovery about the condition, WECT news channel 6 reports.
Thyroid-altering chemical found in community drinking water
12/14/2010 - According to the Press-Enterprise, a fireworks company which was operating until the mid-1980s was recently named as a potential source for thyroid-damaging perchlorate in a community's drinking water supply.
Hypothyroidism may contribute to loss of pregnancy
12/07/2010 - This week, Dr. Carrie Jones - a naturopathic physician with a focus on women's health and hormones - spoke to EmpowHer about pregnancy and thyroid issues. The doctor began by saying that she sees a number of women who are looking to become pregnant after having several miscarriages.
Thyroid-altering PBDEs found in contaminated butter
12/07/2010 - Researchers are currently discussing what is referred to as the worst documented case of food contamination with polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants in the country, according to Health Day. The scientists report that they found high levels of PBDE - which can alter thyroid hormone levels - in butter, which may be the first time this type of contamination has occurred as a result of packaging.

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