Thyroid Diseases News and Research

Study shows spice may help thyroid cancer patients
10/25/2010 - Researchers with the University of California, Los Angelos's Jonsson Cancer Center have found that curcumin, the major component in the spice turmeric, enhances chemotherapy's suppression of head and neck cancer cell growth, such as thyroid tumors, when combined with the drug cisplatin.
Thyroid-damaging fluoride may also be harmful to teeth
10/21/2010 - A new study suggests that infants who are fed formula that is reconstituted with fluoridated water are at greater risk for developing discolored teeth, which is also known as dental fluorosis. The compound is also classified as an endocrine disruptor that can cause impaired thyroid function, according to the National Research Council.
Study shows that thyroid-altering BPA may also contribute to premature births
10/20/2010 - A recent study conducted in Mexico City suggests that low level Bisphenol A (BPA) exposure may impact placental tissue development and thyroid function in humans. The presence of BPA has been documented worldwide in a variety of human biological samples.
Investigation finds thyroid cancer patients may be radioactive after treatment
10/19/2010 - A recent congressional investigation has found that cancer patients who were sent home after treatment with radioactive iodine have contaminated hotel rooms and set off alarms on public transportation, the Associated Press reports.
New thyroid cancer removal technique leaves minimal scarring
10/18/2010 - Thyroid cancer surgery often leaves behind a long and pronounced scar on the front of the patient's neck. However, doctors at the Medical College of Georgia have found a new technique that leaves minimal scarring.
Thyroid nodule size may determine cancer risk
10/18/2010 - At this year's International Thyroid Congress, doctors from the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago presented research that found that patients with large thyroid nodules may benefit from surgery, as half of these nodules may be malignant.
Increased rates of thyroid cancer may be a result of nuclear testing
10/18/2010 - According to a recent New York Times article, thyroid cancer in the U.S. has been on the rise for nearly 40 years. This means that the impacts of radioactive iodine fallout from nuclear weapons testing cannot be ruled out, according to CounterPunch.org.
Weight loss pills may contain dangerous ingredients, including thyroid hormones
10/17/2010 - A recent study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology shows that so-called "natural" slimming therapies were suspected in 66 poisonings. UPI.com reports that the weight-loss products were often laced with thyroid hormones, resulting in severe thyroid disruption.
Scientists make advances in hyperthyroidism drug research
10/14/2010 - A team of scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) recently synthesized a key molecule that could potentially translate into a drug for hyperthyroidism, the Wall Street Journal reports. The findings were published in Angewandte Chemie, a chemistry journal published out of Germany.
California residents object to use of potential thyroid disrupting pesticide
10/13/2010 - This month, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation is considering whether to approve methyl iodide - a potentially cancer causing and thyroid disrupting chemical - for use in the state's fields, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports.
Unnecessary exposure to radiation may lead to thyroid cancer
10/10/2010 - Many Americans are receiving dangerously high doses of radiation from an unlikely source. Despite potential thyroid and other cancer risks, CT scans - tests that use a focused beam of X-rays to provide a sharp cross-section view of soft tissues - are a powerful source of radiation that are used every day, the LA Times reports.
EPA launches cleanup efforts of thyroid disrupting chemicals in California water supply
10/07/2010 - This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will build pumps and treatment systems to clean contaminated groundwater from the Rialto-Colton basin in California, and deliver it to homes and businesses. The cleanup, is an effort to remove toxic chemicals which have been linked to thyroid problems and cancer.
Study shows cancer stem cells present in thyroid cancer
10/05/2010 - A study presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress supports the existence of cancer stem cells in thyroid cancer.
Employees sue Texas Instruments for exposure to thyroid-disrupting chemicals
10/05/2010 - In recent weeks, employees of Texas Instruments have sued the company for exposure to "hazardous chemicals and substances" which resulted in birth defects in seven children. Court House News reports that birth defects include partial blindness, undescended testicles and developmental delay, scoliosis, malformed vertebrae and Graves disease, which is a thyroid disorder.
Rumored hobbit actually human with hypothyroid cretinism
10/04/2010 - Research recently published in PLoS ONE explains how the alleged Homo floresiensis, or the "hobbit," was actually an iodine-deficient human.
Coal ash exposure may increase risk of thyroid cancer
10/04/2010 - Little Blue Run Dam is an unlined coal fly ash impoundment that reaches into parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. For those living near this and similar facilities, the risk of thyroid and other cancers can be as high as 1 in 50, which is 2,000 times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "acceptable cancer risk of 1 in 100,000." This statistic only takes into account the risk of cancer from arsenic exposure in drinking water, AlterNet reports.
Tenor loses his voice to thyroid cancer, recovers and performs
10/04/2010 - Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti recently came forward about his battle with thyroid cancer. The New York Post reports that the singer was diagnosed in 2005, after receiving rave reviews for his Met debut in "Lucia di Lammermoor."
Thyroid-disrupting chemicals found in Washington's Puget Sound
10/04/2010 - According to a recent study, most toxic pollution falling into Washington State's Puget Sound has decreased below earlier estimates. Despite the overall decline, the study found that industrial areas like Tacoma still have the highest air-deposited contamination levels in this area, including toxins that may cause thyroid and brain problems.
Study shows that new drug may help in the treatment of thyroid eye disease
09/29/2010 - A study that will be published in the journal Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that rituximab showed promising results in the treatment of thyroid eye disease, an autoimmune eye condition, OSN SuperSite reports.
Iodine-contaminated soy milk causes thyroid dysfunction
09/29/2010 - In Australia, a Supreme Court action was recently filed on behalf of 25 people who claim they developed symptoms linked to thyroid dysfunction because of high iodine levels in soy milk. Lawyers have launched a class action law suit against the distributors of a soy milk product that allegedly had seven times the safe dose of iodine, The Herald Sun reports.
Researchers find that vandetanib may be an effective treatment for medullary thyroid cancer patients
09/29/2010 - A recent phase three trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) suggests that vandetanib, a once-daily selective oral inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth - which describes the lining of cells, extended progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with medullary thyroid cancer, Endocrine Today reports.
Combination therapy may be more effective at treating thyroid cancer than chemo alone
09/29/2010 - According to research presented at this year's International Thyroid Congress, combination therapies may be superior to chemotherapy alone in the overall survival rates of thyroid cancer patients, Endocrine Today reports.
Preliminary screening may not benefit unborn children of hypothyroid mothers
09/28/2010 - Preliminary results of the Controlled Antenatal Thyroid Screening (CATS) study did not show a benefit of screening for hypothyroidism during pregnancy on the intellectual development of children.
Study: Thyroid cancer patients with lymphocytic infiltration have less recurrences
09/28/2010 - According to the results of a study reported at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, patients with thyroid cancer who show lymphocytic infiltration - a benign cluster of lymph cells - are more likely to have a favorable outcome.
Study: Subclinical hypothyroidism may affect lipid profile
09/27/2010 - According to findings of a recent study presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, subclinical hypothyroidism has been shown to have an effect on patterns of lipids in the blood with resulting cardiovascular dysfunction.
 

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