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2009-02-19 13:52:00

DALLAS, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cholesterol-lowering statins, used by millions of Americans to treat and prevent atherosclerosis, may falsely indicate thyroid problems, according to researchers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Their study, "Radioiodine studies, low serum TSH, and the influence of statin drugs," appears in the journal Thyroid. "These findings could help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses of suspected thyroid problems," said Dr. William...

2009-01-15 20:58:40

Smoking during pregnancy may impair thyroid function of both mother and fetus, British researchers said. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, examined thyroid hormone levels in the umbilical cord of babies born to smoking mothers and found that smoking-related changes in thyroid function extend to the fetus. However, the researchers found that in the mothers who stopped smoking during pregnancy, thyroid hormone levels were comparable to levels found...

2009-01-13 11:47:49

Cigarette smoking during pregnancy is associated with potentially harmful changes in both maternal and fetal thyroid function, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM)."We studied the influence of cigarette smoking on thyroid function of two groups of women at different stages of pregnancy "“ one in the first trimester and the other in the third trimester," said Dr. Bijay Vaidya, Ph.D., of...

2008-09-15 15:00:34

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nancy Patterson Ph.D., Chair of the Graves' Disease Foundation announced it will hold its 2008 national Patient & Family Conference on October 17-19 at the Sheraton Resort in Carlsbad, California. The meeting is open to all patients and family members with Graves' disease or other thyroid gland disorders. The leading cause of hyperthyroidism, Graves' disease represents a basic defect in the immune system, causing production of...

2008-08-05 15:00:11

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My son, 50, has been diagnosed with Graves disease. Will you define the condition and its treatment? I am very concerned for him. - J.C. ANSWER: Graves disease is the No. 1 cause of an overactive thyroid gland - hyperthyroidism. It happens because the immune system, for reasons not clear, makes antibodies that stimulate the thyroid gland. Antibodies usually are used to fight germs. Not in this case. These special antibodies prod the thyroid gland into overproduction of...

2008-07-27 12:00:20

By Megan Williams, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 27--When Anita Kaissi found herself feeling constantly sluggish, she thought it was because she had just had a baby. It took doctors three months to determine that her fatigue, hair loss and dry skin weren't postpartum depression, but postpartum thyroiditis, an inflammation of the thyroid that makes it overactive. "They told me it was all in my head," Kaissi said. As it turns out, it was all in her neck. The thyroid,...

2008-06-27 06:01:37

By Kohler, Sibylle Wass, John A H CLINICAL REVIEW Section 1 Epidemiology and aetiology CAUSES OF THYROTOXICOSIS * Graves' disease. * Multinodular goitre. * Toxic solitary nodule. * Postpartum thyroiditis. * Drug-induced thyroiditis (for example, amiodarone). * Overtreatment with thyroid hormone. * Thyrotoxicosis factitia (surreptitious ingestion of thyroid hormone in supraphysiological doses). * Struma ovarii (teratoma containing functional thyroid tissue). * Pituitary...

2008-06-20 15:00:07

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I recently read your answer to a person whose doctor suggested radioactive iodine for hyperthyroidism. I was disappointed that you did not mention antithyroid drugs. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Graves disease. My endocrinologist wanted to do the radioactive iodine treatment. My thyroid was three times normal size. I decided to take antithyroid meds. My gland is almost normal size now, and my doctor said he never expected me to do so well. Please tell your readers...

2008-02-17 03:00:11

By Mittra, Erik S Niederkohr, Ryan D; Rodriguez, Cesar; El-Maghraby, Tarek; McDougall, I Ross Apart from the common causes of thyrotoxicosis, such as Graves' disease and functioning nodular goiters, there are more than 20 less common causes of elevated free thyroid hormones that produce the symptoms and signs of thyrotoxicosis. This review describes these rarer conditions and includes 14 illustrative patients. Thyrotropin and free thyroxine should be measured and, when the latter is normal,...

2008-01-29 03:00:09

By Delikoukos, Stylianos Mantzos, Fotios Isolated thyroid gland injury due to blunt neck trauma is uncommon and rarely complicated by thyroid storm in patients without known hyperthyroidism. The aim of this study was to report our experience on blunt thyroid gland injury followed by massive gland hemorrhage, acute airway obstruction, and symptoms of thyroid storm. Among 231 patients with neck trauma, four patients appeared with isolated thyroid gland injury. In two of them, the diagnosis of...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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