Thyroid Diseases News and Research

Hyperthyroidism may lead to increased osteoporosis risk in premenopausal women
09/21/2010 - 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
09/21/2010 - 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
09/21/2010 - 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
09/17/2010 - 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
09/14/2010 - 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.
New type of surgery may benefit thyroid cancer patients
09/13/2010 - Doctors at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are performing a new type of surgery that can remove thyroid cancer tumors without visible scarring, and without affecting speech or the ability to eat. An incisionless robotic surgical procedure called TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) allows patients to return to their normal lives in only a few days without significant pain or disfigurement.
China sees increase in hypothyroidism cases
09/13/2010 - A recent study conducted by the Chinese Medical Association's endocrinology branch shows that approximately one in 15 citizens is suffering from hypothyroidism. According to China Daily, this could be related to the nation's 1995 mandate to add iodine to salt.
Researchers discover new model for predicting the effects of osteoporosis on the general public
09/09/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
New type of radiation therapy delivers faster treatment
09/09/2010 - Recent studies have shown that TomoTherapy - a system used to treat common and rare tumors throughout the body - may be more effective than other types of radiation.
Exposure to farm chemicals may cause hyperthyroidism
09/09/2010 - A recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology and conducted by researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center shows that women who live on farms, and are exposed to common farm chemicals, may have a greater risk of developing thyroid disease.
Researchers discover new model for predicting the effects of osteoporosis on the general public
09/09/2010 - An article recently published in the journal Osteoporosis International demonstrates a new model that describes the current and future issues related to postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Low thyroid hormone may be linked to longevity
09/07/2010 - According to a new study conducted by researchers from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, a less active thyroid may mean more years added to your life, Reuters reports.
Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey battles thyroid cancer and continues to dance
09/07/2010 - Actress Jennifer Grey may be best known for her role in the movie Dirty Dancing, and she has recently joined the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars (DWTS). However, the actress recently battled thyroid cancer, which was found during her pre-DWTS health screening, USA Today reports.
Molecular imaging could improve thyroid cancer detection and treatment
09/03/2010 - A series of studies published in the latest issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine show that molecular imaging plays a critical role in the evaluation and treatment of a spectrum of cancers, including thyroid cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, Hodgkin lymphoma and non-small cell lung cancer, Health Imaging reports.
Film critic Roger Ebert survives thyroid cancer and publishes cookbook
09/02/2010 - Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2002. However, today he is feeling well and releasing a cookbook.
Certain thyroid cancers have higher incidence of nodal metastases
09/01/2010 - A recent study published in Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery suggests that malignant central nodal metastases - cancer that spreads to lymph nodes - are more likely to occur in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma than those with follicular variant papillary thyroid carcinoma.
Study: BPA exposure may lead to thyroid hormone changes in men
08/27/2010 - An international group of researchers from the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter recently identified changes in sex hormones that are associated with bisphenol A (BPA) in men. BPA, which has also been associated with thyroid hormone disruption, is a chemical commonly used in food and drink containers.
Mayo Clinic creates four new anaplastic thyroid cancer cell lines for research
08/27/2010 - Several years ago, scientists from the Mayo Clinic discovered that the laboratory samples of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) that they were using for research were from some other type of cancer. The researchers then set out to create a new set of laboratory ATC cells, derived from tumors donated by patients.
Australian celebrity opens up about thyroid cancer diagnosis and recovery
08/26/2010 - Mark Holden, former Australian Idol judge and 1970s pop music star, recently spoke to the media about his battle with thyroid cancer. The 56-year-old was diagnosed earlier this year after discovering a lump in his neck last September, Australian Women's Weekly (AWW) reports.
Study: Thyroid function related to bone density
08/24/2010 - A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that healthy postmenopausal women with slightly elevated levels of thyroid function are at a higher risk for low bone mineral density (BMD) and therefore fractures.
Actress Catherine Bell beat thyroid cancer to become TV star
08/23/2010 - Catherine Bell is an actress, wife and the mother of her second child. The starlet has appeared on hit television shows such as Sugar and Spice, JAG and, most recently, Army Wives. However, Bell's toughest role is that of cancer survivor.
Study shows cognitive function in elderly not related to thyroid disorders
08/20/2010 - A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism shows that elderly patients with subclinical hypothyroidism who received thyroxine replacement showed no improvement in cognitive function, Endocrine Today reports.
Exposure to common flame retardant may lead to thyroid disorder in pregnant women
08/20/2010 - Women who have been exposed to high levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), a common flame retardant, may experience altered thyroid levels during pregnancy, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. This compound - which is used in carpets, textiles, foam furnishings, electronics and plastics - can be found in the blood of more than 97 percent of U.S. residents, although few studies have examined their impact on human health.
FDA approves thyroid medications with longer shelf-life
08/18/2010 - Individuals who suffer from thyroid disorders may be unaware that their medication has a limited shelf-life. Medicines that are past their expiration date may have decreased potency, which can affect their therapeutic value. Since thyroid hormone drugs are often prescribed in very small doses, product stability is very important.
Relay for Life co-chair Jeff Vereecke battling rare form of thyroid cancer
08/16/2010 - Although thyroid cancer has a lower fatality rate than other tumors, there has been a 2.4-fold increase in its occurrence over the past 27 years. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that this form of cancer is more prevalent in women than men; however, men are still at risk.

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