Thyroid Diseases News and Research

Exposure to common flame retardant may lead to thyroid disorder in pregnant women
08/19/2010 - 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
08/17/2010 - 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.
Exposure to perchlorates may result in hypothyroidism in pregnant women
08/12/2010 - During the Bush administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that public water systems do not need to be monitored for perchlorate. However, the EPA has since changed its decision and announced that it will review the effects of perchlorate on infants and children, as they consume more water per body weight than adults, Environment News Service reports.
Radiation exposure may increase risk of thyroid disorders
08/12/2010 - One potential cause of thyroid disorders is exposure to radiation. People who have been exposed to production of nuclear weapons or above-ground detonation of an atomic bomb may have a higher risk for developing thyroid cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Moreover, children who have been exposed to nuclear substances may be more vulnerable to these conditions than adults.
Thyroid disorder may cause lazy eyes
08/09/2010 - People who suffer from thyroid disorders may experience both internal and external symptoms. For example, strabismus is a disorder in which the eyes do not line up in the same direction when focusing. This condition, also known as lazy eye, may be a result of hyperthyroidism.
Exposure to chemicals in hand sanitizer could lead to hypothyroidism
08/04/2010 - A recent lawsuit by an environmental nonprofit accuses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of allowing certain chemicals in household products that may put Americans at risk for hypothyroidism. Fox News reports that the agency claimed toxic chemicals found in antimicrobial soap and other personal care products could damage reproductive organs, sperm quality and the production of sex and thyroid hormones. The National Resources Defense Council alleges that these claims are true.
Mutated gene may induce development of thyroid cancer
08/04/2010 - Scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a gene called PTEN that may induce the development of thyroid cancer when mutated.
Chemicals found in water-resistant products may lead to thyroid disease
08/03/2010 - Adults who suffer from thyroid disease may be unaware of why they have the illness. However, new research shows that human exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) may be linked to thyroid problems.
Study analyzes pros and cons of iodine supplementation during pregnancy
08/01/2010 - Thyroid conditions, such as hypothyroidism, are a common complication of pregnancy, which has prompted scientific teams around the world to study iodine supplementation as a possible way to mitigate such risks.
Mayo Clinic: Rarely used anaplastic thyroid cancer treatment highly effective
07/29/2010 - Doctors at the Mayo Clinic have said that a new approach to anaplastic thyroid cancer, which is a rare malignancy, has produced significant results, although it has only been used on a small group of patients.
Study finds evidence of a link between thyroid disease and Agent Orange exposure
07/20/2010 - Recent research has found that although Vietnam veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the war do not appear to be at a higher risk of thyroid cancer, there may be a significantly higher incidence of Graves' disease among that segment of the population.
 

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