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Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Regular self-exams play an important role in early detection of thyroid disease, a specialist says. That's a timely reminder because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. "The number of cases of thyroid cancer is rising, and while in most cases the outcomes of treatment are favorable, some patients present with disease that has progressed and may be more difficult to ...

Surgeon's Experience Tied to Success of Thyroid Removal: Study

Posted 8 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 – Patients who undergo thyroid removal may be less likely to suffer complications if their surgeon performs many such surgeries each year, a new study says. Removal of the thyroid gland, located at the base of the neck, is a common operation. More than 72,300 total thyroidectomies are performed in the United States annually, usually to treat thyroid cancer or benign ...

Even Slightly Overactive Thyroid Linked to Higher Fracture Risk

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Even people who only have a mildly overactive thyroid gland face an elevated risk for fractures in the hips or spinal area, a new review suggests. "Subclinical hyperthyroidism" is a condition in which an overactive thyroid gland produces too much of the hormones that control basic metabolism but there is a lack of symptoms, and hormone readings are normal in blood tests. ...

Thyroid Treatment Guidelines for Pregnant Women Revised

Posted 14 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 14 – Thyroid hormone is critical for normal fetal brain development, and hormonal problems among pregnant women must be properly managed, according to the Endocrine Society, which just revised its guidelines on treating thyroid-related medical issues before, during and after pregnancy. Too much or not enough thyroid hormone can harm both women and their unborn babies, the experts ...

Autoimmune Woes May Raise Risk for Lung Clots

Posted 27 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 – Patients hospitalized for autoimmune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn's disease, may be at greater risk for a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, a clot in a main artery of the lung, a new study finds. Reporting online Nov. 25 in The Lancet, researchers warned that steps should be taken to prevent this condition among patients admitted to the hospital for ...

Coping With Graves' Disease Lasts a Lifetime

Posted 11 Apr 2011 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 8 – At first, everyone thought that Sasha Asumaa's problems were those of a typical teenage girl. The 16-year-old was always tired and had trouble sleeping. She was moody and grumpy. Teenage stuff. Except she also felt sick, like she had the flu all the time. She threw up nearly every morning before she went to school. And she had shingles. "Only old people get that," said Asumaa, ...

Drug May Be Dangerous for Kids With Graves' Disease

Posted 17 Apr 2009 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 17 – A recommendation to restrict the use of the antithyroid drug (PTU) in children has been endorsed by the Endocrine Society. In a letter to the editor in the April 9 New England Journal of Medicine, two experts wrote that PTU can cause severe liver disease in children and should no longer be used as a first-line treatment for children with Graves' disease, a disorder in which ...

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