Thyroid Diseases News and Research

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research shows that celiac disease increasingly causes hypothyroidism in the elderly
09/29/2010 - Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center, recently found that celiac disease, which multiplies the risk of hypothyroidism, is on the rise, and there is evidence of increasing cases in the elderly.
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.
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.
Children with hypothyroidism may be able to improve the condition with a thyroid-stimulating diet
09/28/2010 - A new study reveals that a thyroid-stimulating diet rich in iron, vitamin A and iodine has been found to prevent children with subclinical hypothyroidism from advancing in their condition.
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.
Well shut down for perchlorate contamination to prevent potential hypothyroidism cases
09/27/2010 - A well was recently shut down in Marion, Massachusetts, after test results revealed a perchlorate concentration in the drinking water of 2.2 parts per billion, which slightly exceeds the maximum permissible contaminant level of 2.0. Exposure to perchlorate, which is a chemical widely used in fireworks and explosives, has been tied to hypothyroidism.
New drug may increase survival rates of anaplastic thyroid cancer patients
09/26/2010 - At the International Thyroid Congress in Paris, researchers from the University of Pisa in Italy explained their research on a study of Zybrestat in the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer.
Presence of thyroglobulin after radioiodine treatment may indicate recurrence of thyroid cancer
09/26/2010 - Detecting thyroglobulin (Tg) after initial surgery and radioactive iodine (131I) therapy for thyroid cancer may be predictive of an early cancer recurrence, according to a study reported at the 14th International Thyroid Congress, Doctor's Guide reports.
Hyperthyroidism may be associated with insulin resistance
09/22/2010 - A recent study presented at the International Thyroid Congress suggests that endogenous subclinical types of hyperthyroidism may have a larger metabolic effect on insulin resistance than the exogenous type of the condition.
Study finds that paratracheal lymph nodes may help in determining thyroiditis
09/22/2010 - At the 14th International Thyroid Congress, scientists from the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Ankara Numune Training and Research Hospital in Turkey displayed their research on paratracheal lymph nodes and their value in sonograph findings of thyroiditis, which is an inflammation of the thyroid gland.
French Polynesians who were exposed to nuclear waste may be at risk for thyroid cancer
09/21/2010 - Researchers from the Institut Gustave Roussy in Paris recently announced that Polynesians who were exposed to fallout from France's atmospheric nuclear tests in the South Pacific face a low risk of developing thyroid cancer, the Associated Press reports. France carried out 41 atmospheric tests in French Polynesia between 1966 and 1975 before conducting all further blasts underground.
Hyperthyroidism may lead to increased osteoporosis risk in premenopausal women
09/20/2010 - The most recent issues of Nutrition & Metabolism features a study on hyperthyroidism and its relation to reduced bone mineral density (BMD) and increased fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Researchers from the Department of Endocrinology at the National University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark found that thyroid hormones and thyroid autoantibodies may have an effect on BMD in premenopausal women.
New drug could help those with aggressive thyroid cancer
09/20/2010 - A recent study published in The Lancet Oncology reveals that the drug pazopanib may help patients with metastatic, rapidly progressing thyroid cancers.
New molecular test may prevent unnecessary surgery in patients with benign thyroid nodules
09/20/2010 - At this year's International Thyroid Congress, Veracyte - a molecular diagnostics company - announced that its fine needle aspirates (FNA) test determined thyroid nodules as benign with a high degree of accuracy, which could help thousands of patients each year avoid surgery.
Thyroid cancer patients are increasingly using alternative therapies
09/16/2010 - In a report presented during the recent International Thyroid Congress, researchers from Boston University (BU) Medical Center found that more than 80 percent of patients with thyroid cancer report using some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy. However, for 18 percent of those individuals, their CAM use was neither known nor prescribed by their physician, and their physician did not ask them about it, Endocrine Today reports.
Jet producer asked to clean up nuclear waste for fear of thyroid disorders among local residents
09/13/2010 - More than 50 years ago, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred just outside of Los Angeles. Boeing - the company responsible for the meltdown - has still not cleaned up the site, the Associated Press reports. Removing the toxic chemicals may be necessary for the health of the community, as research has shown that nuclear waste can contribute to thyroid conditions and cancer when it contaminates local water sources.
 
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