Thyroid Diseases News and Research

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 reveals battle with Graves' 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.
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.
 
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