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How Your Thyroid Could Be Working Against Your Heart

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – The tiny thyroid gland could have a big impact on heart health, new research suggests. Middle-aged and older adults with an elevated thyroid hormone may be at higher risk of heart disease and death, researchers found. In the new Dutch study, high and even high-normal levels of a hormone called free thyroxine (FT4) doubled the odds of having calcification of the coronary ...

Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children. Two common medications reversed memory and learning problems in rats exposed to alcohol while in the womb, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. "We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done. That's huge," study senior ...

Mildly Low Thyroid Function in Pregnancy Not a Threat: Study

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 – There's no benefit to treating pregnant women who have mildly low thyroid function, researchers report. Very low thyroid function during pregnancy is associated with impaired fetal brain development and increased risk of preterm birth and miscarriage. Some studies have suggested that even mildly low thyroid function (so-called subclinical hypothyroidism) during ...

Check Your Neck for Thyroid Abnormalities

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by

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 ...

Should Pregnant Women Always Be Treated for Underactive Thyroid?

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Many women may be affected by an underactive thyroid gland, but new research suggests that treating it in pregnancy comes with benefits and potential harm. "Our findings lead us to believe that overtreatment could be possible," study co-author and Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Juan Brito Campana said in a Mayo news release. Campana and his colleagues advise a more ...

Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors May Face Long-Term Health Risks

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017 – Younger survivors of thyroid cancer are at increased risk for certain types of health problems later in life, a new study suggests. "As the number of thyroid cancer survivors grows, more people are living with other serious health conditions resulting from treatment," study lead author Brenna Blackburn said in an American Society of Clinical Oncology news release. ...

Health Tip: Things That Affect Your Heart Rate

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by

-- Knowing your heart rate (pulse) can help keep tabs on your physical fitness, even if you're not an athlete. The American Heart Association says factors that may influence heart rate include: High temperatures and humidity, which can increase heart rate. The position of your body during the first 20 seconds after standing up. Strong emotions. Obesity. Medications. For example, beta blockers ...

Standard Treatment for Underactive Thyroid Gland Still Best: Experts

Posted 3 Oct 2014 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 – An expert panel reviewing treatments for hypothyroidism has concluded that the drug levothyroxine (L-T4) should remain the standard of care. The updated guidelines from the American Thyroid Association were published recently in the journal Thyroid. The thyroid gland produces hormones that control the way every cell in the body uses energy. For instance, thyroid hormones ...

Thyroid Condition Linked to Heart Problems: Study

Posted 23 Apr 2012 by

MONDAY, April 23 – New evidence suggests that a type of overactive thyroid condition appears to boost the risk of heart problems, especially atrial fibrillation (a form of irregular heartbeat) and premature death. Patients sometimes are reluctant to do anything about the condition, known as subclinical hyperthyroidism, because it often doesn't cause any symptoms. The findings show, however, that ...

Screening Moms-to-Be for Thyroid Trouble May Not Help Offspring

Posted 8 Feb 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8 – Screening and treating expectant moms for thyroid problems at the end of the first trimester doesn't improve children's IQs at age 3, a new study finds. Thyroid hormones are crucial for the development of a baby's brain and nervous system, and until the middle of the second trimester, those hormones come from the mother. Since a malfunctioning thyroid in the mother has been ...

Mainstay Meds Often Cut Off Accidentally After Hospital Stay

Posted 23 Aug 2011 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 23 – Many patients who are hospitalized fail to receive their regular medications for chronic conditions during their stay and often fail to restart them when they're discharged, researchers say. Patients treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) are even less likely to resume their regular medication schedule after discharge, probably because there are so many "transitions of care" ...

Thyroid Drugs May Raise Fracture Risk in Elderly

Posted 1 May 2011 by

THURSDAY, April 28 – Many seniors may be at increased risk for fractures because they take "excessive" doses of drugs used to treat thyroid problems, a new study says. The findings suggest that treatment targets may have to be modified in elderly patients with thyroid problems and that regular dose monitoring of thyroid drugs is essential into older age, the researchers said. Reporting in the ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Levoxyl (levothyroxine sodium)

Posted 4 Oct 2004 by

FDA and King Pharmaceuticals notified healthcare professionals of revisions to the PRECAUTIONS, ADVERSE REACTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION sections of labeling, describing reports of choking, gagging, tablets stuck in throat and dysphagia while taking Levoxyl. These reports have predominately occurred when Levoxyl tablets were not taken with water. It is recommended that Levoxyl tablets be ...

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