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2010-01-27 08:30:00

January is Thyroid Awareness Month JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- We often go to great lengths to look and feel our best. Yet many never realize that one of the keys to a healthy body and a productive life rests just below the neck. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland below the larynx that produces thyroid hormones; chemicals that affect the function of many of the body's organs including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, bones and skin. It's a good...

2010-01-07 18:01:53

Scientists have identified a gene underlying a disease that causes temporary paralysis of skeletal muscle. The finding, they say, illustrates how investigations of rare genetic diseases can drive insights into more common ones. The finding is reported in the January 8, 2010 issue of the journal Cell. The disease, known as thyrotoxic hypokalemic periodic paralysis, causes acute attacks of weakness in muscles that control movement. Symptoms range from difficulty grasping objects or rising from...

2009-08-05 07:05:00

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A new effort to examine the link between nuclear reactors and thyroid disease near NYC was made at Croton on Hudson, during this year's Clearwater Festival. The festival is held just downstream from Indian Point, the oldest operating nuclear reactor in the U.S. In keeping with Clearwater's commitment to a clean environment, it stepped up by permitting testing for elevated Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), the first clinical indicator of...

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2009-06-13 11:29:24

Researchers reported on Friday that low thyroid activity, one of the most treated conditions in the U.S., might actually be a sign of a long life. The researchers said that it was too unsure at this point if people should stop taking thyroid pills, but they will be looking to see if the thyroid holds the key to a long life, at least for some people. Dr. Martin Surks and colleagues at the Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York studied people that...

2009-03-27 14:03:15

Editorial: Diagnosis and treatment of primary hypothyroidism More and more people are being inappropriately diagnosed and treated for underactivity of the thyroid gland (known as primary hypothyroidism), warn doctors in an editorial published on bmj.com today. Hypothyroidism is caused by insufficient production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland. It affects about three per cent of the population and is usually treated in primary care. Blood tests are essential in confirming the diagnosis...

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...

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2008-12-03 14:03:59

Obesity among children increases the risk of damaging their thyroids, which can also result in a metabolism damage, researchers in Italy reported on Wednesday. Dr. Giorgio Radetti of the Regional Hospital of Bolzano in Italy and colleagues studied 186 overweight children for a period of three years. The team took images of the children's thyroid glands and also analyzed their thyroid hormone levels and thyroid antibodies. The thyroid works to secrete hormones which regulate the body's...

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,...


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Thyroid And Parathyroid Glands
2013-03-04 13:34:45

The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located anterior to the trachea and inferior to the thyroid cartilage. It is butterfly shaped with three lobes that make it the largest endocrine organ in the body. Its primary function is to control the body’s metabolism by regulating how quickly the body uses energy, proteins, and hormones. The two lateral lobes are connected by the middle lobe called the isthmus, which lies directly on top of the trachea. The entire gland is enclosed in a...

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