Thyroid Diseases News and Research

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.
Mental health problems may be a result of thyroid issues
12/15/2010 - Many women may be unaware of a common health issue that is caused by problems with the thyroid gland. EmpowHer reports that some mental health disorders are caused by a malfunctioning thyroid.
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.
Age may be a major factor in determining thyroid cancer treatment
12/08/2010 - A recent report from the University of Wisconsin suggests that how thyroid cancer affects patients may vary with age, and treatment should be based on this knowledge, according to EmpowHer.
Nitrates found in hot dogs and green leafy vegetables could increase thyroid cancer risk
12/07/2010 - According to a recent report from a group of researchers at the National Cancer Institute, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, nitrates may be increasing thyroid cancer rates in women, EmpowHer reports.
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.
Research shows Arctic animals and humans experience pollution-induced thyroid damage
12/07/2010 - According to research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Arctic animals and fish - including polar bears, ivory gulls and Greenland sledge dogs - have shown signs of pollution damage, such as thyroid disruption. Much of the toxins that have reached the North Pole are ingested by Americans every day.
Yoga may help those with thyroid conditions
12/03/2010 - According to statistics by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), approximately 27 million Americans have been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.
Researchers find clues for treating Graves' disease
12/02/2010 - Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified a compound that prevents overproduction of thyroid hormone. The finding brings scientists one step closer to improving treatment for Graves' disease.
German citizens living near nuclear waste dump experience high thyroid cancer rates
12/02/2010 - Newly published figures from the Lower Saxony, Germany state cancer registry show that in the area around Asse - the site of a nuclear waste dump - some cancer rates and thyroid problems are higher than normal.
Study shows connection between thyroid dysfunction and hip fractures in older men
11/30/2010 - New research from University of California Davis Health System finds that older men with thyroid dysfunction have an increased risk of suffering hip fractures. Health Canal reports that this study suggests that screening and treatment for thyroid dysfunction could reduce the incidence of this injury.
Canadian football star will undergo thyroid surgery
11/29/2010 - This week, Anthony Calvillo - a Canadian Football League quarterback who is currently playing for the Montreal Alouettes - announced that he will undergo an operation to remove half of his thyroid, CBC Sports reports.
Researchers aiming to find relation between fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis
11/29/2010 - Scientists are currently conducting studies to evaluate whether there is a predisposition for the development of fibromyalgia (FM) in patients with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), according to ProHealth.
Molecular cell testing may eliminate the need for unnecessary thyroid surgeries
11/29/2010 - Doctors at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU) recently found a nodule in the thyroid of a 64-year-old Colorado man. They extracted cells from the nodule, hoping to determine whether the man had cancer, but the biopsy results were inconclusive.
Women with PCOS may also have thyroid disruption
11/22/2010 - The thyroid gland plays a vital role in the overall metabolism of the body. When thyroid function is impaired, liver function can be affected.
Water ban in California raises questions about thyroid disrupting contaminates
11/22/2010 - Health officials recently lifted a ban on water use in half of Barstow, California, as the local utility continued to flush its system of perchlorate - a chemical used in rocket fuel and munitions that can lead to thyroid disruption - that authorities said may have contaminated the city water supply for months, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Scientists are testing potential hypothyroidism treatment
11/22/2010 - Hypothyroidism is a common endocrine condition. Individuals typically manage this disease through supplementation with synthetic thyroid hormone, in order to alleviate symptoms and restore normal thyroid stimulating hormone levels, 7th Space reports.
Report suggests total thyroidectomies are underused in child cancer patients
11/17/2010 - A new report published in the latest issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology indicates that although the proportion of young patients undergoing total thyroidectomy (TT) increased by 34 percent between 1985 and 2007, a variety of hospital and patient factors - including disparities in access to surgeons and state-of-the-art care - affect whether a child actually receives this procedure or another less extensive operation, NewsWise reports.

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