Thyroid Diseases News and Research

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.
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.
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.
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.
Thyroid cancer foundation unveils window display at Rockefeller Center
11/16/2010 - EHE International and The Light of Life Foundation (LOL) for Thyroid Cancer recently announced the unveiling of a window display at Rockefeller Center reminding Americans to "Check Your Neck" for thyroid cancer. The window will prominently feature images from the LOL's public awareness campaign that reminds passersby to ask their doctors to check their neck at their next physical.
New study shows potential determinate for thyroid cancer severity
11/16/2010 - Researchers at the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital recently used technology to discover proteins that are secreted by thyroid cancer cells, in order to identify potential biomarkers for the future management of thyroid tumors.
Individuals with weight gain and fatigue may benefit from a thyroid hormone test
11/11/2010 - Those who have thyroid disease either produce too much or too little of the hormones essential to regulating other hormones in the body, news channel WPBF reports.
Children can be at risk for hypothyroidism
11/11/2010 - About 5 percent of the 27 million American thyroid disorder sufferers are children. The number includes an estimated 13 million who are undiagnosed, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, NorthJersey.com reports. This means that while thyroid disorders in children are not common, they are also not rare.
Thyroid cancer has become a global issue
11/10/2010 - The 2010 Canadian Cancer Statistics Report shows that thyroid cancer has gone up 9.5 percent per year in the country's females and 6.8 percent per year in males since 1998. Similar increases have also been seen in some regions of the U.S., according to the Winnipeg Free Press.
New study reveals that thyroid-disrupting BPA is found in some canned goods
11/10/2010 - Recent research has linked bisphenol A (BPA) to a range of health ailments including heart disease, cancers and thyroid disruption. Yet a new study shows that there are traces of the chemical in a wide variety of canned foods from supermarket shelves, as well as in products that are packaged in plastic and in one sample from the deli counter, Discovery News reports.
Lingual thyroid is a rare and potentially harmless condition
11/08/2010 - Lingual thyroid is a developmental anomaly which results when there is incomplete migration of the thyroid. The condition is uncommon, and 80 percent of cases occur in women.
Medical societies dismiss claims of unsafe radioactive thyroid treatment
11/08/2010 - Recent research has suggested that radioactive iodine therapy may result in unsafe levels of radioactivity. Despite controversial claims, various medical societies released a statement about their continued support of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) current standards for treatment use, Endocrine Today reports.
Massachusetts Congressman receives treatment for papillary thyroid cancer
11/08/2010 - Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern is currently recovering from surgery to remove his thyroid gland. The government official was recently diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer, according to the Boston Herald.
Thyroid disorders on the rise in India
11/01/2010 - Doctors in India are puzzled as to why thyroid conditions are on the rise. Many cities are seeing a fourfold increase in hypothyroidism, the Times of India reports.
Study shows DNA may affect thyroid hormone levels
10/31/2010 - According to new research, sequence variations in DNA have been identified that affect levels of thyroid hormones.
Doctors report that thyroid cysts could be caused by vuvuzelas
10/31/2010 - In the latest issue of SA Medical Journal, two German doctors - Alexander Mann and Kerstin Jungheim of the Endokrinologikum Medical Centre in Frankfurt - have described what they say is the first case of a "vuvuzela-induced thyroid cyst."
Study shows MS patients may have higher risk for thyroid complications
10/28/2010 - Recent research shows that patients with with multiple sclerosis (MS) are vulnerable to a variety of other autoimmune disorders, including thyroid abnormalities.
Grammy Nominated Artist, Toni Childs, Reveals Battle with Grave's Disease
10/26/2010 - In recent weeks, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Toni Childs spoke to the media about her battle with Graves' disease.
Research shows too little salt may increase thyroid disruption
10/26/2010 - Recent research has suggested that consuming too much salt may increase the risk of heart disease. However, because table salt is fortified with iodine, it can help ward off thyroid problems in adults and developmental delays in children, The Star reports.
Thyroiditis may be detected using nuclear testing
10/25/2010 - Nuclear medicine may be used in the detection of thyroiditis - a viral infection with symptoms that are similar to hyperthyroidism - according to Dr Biswarup Chakrabarti, senior consultant and head of the deptartment of nuclear medicine at BM Birla Heart Research Center in Kolkata, Express Healthcare reports.
 

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