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No Routine Screening for Thyroid Cancer: Expert Panel

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – Doctors shouldn't routinely screen adults for thyroid cancer if they have no symptoms or warning signs of the disease, according to the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF). Doing so could cause more harm than good, said the independent panel of experts as it reaffirmed guidelines it issued in 1996 and 2016. "While there is very little evidence of the benefits of screening for thyroid cancer, there is considerable evidence of the serious harms of treatment, such as damage to the nerves that control speaking and breathing," said panel member Karina Davidson in a USPSTF news release. "What limited evidence is available does not suggest that screening enables people to live longer, healthier lives," she said. The thyroid is a hormone-producing gland located in the neck. The hormones produced by the thyroid help regulate the body's metabolism. There is more ... Read more

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Household Flame Retardants Tied to Thyroid Cancer Risk

Posted 11 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Flame retardants used in many home furnishings may boost the risk for thyroid cancer, researchers report. "Thyroid cancer is the fastest increasing cancer in the U.S., with most of the increase in new cases being papillary thyroid cancer," said study lead investigator Dr. Julie Ann Sosa. This is the most common type of thyroid cancer. "Recent studies suggest that environmental factors may, in part, be responsible for this increase," added Sosa, a professor of surgery and medicine at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. The study researchers focused on a class of flame retardants known as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). They've been used to prevent or delay fires in building materials, electronics, furnishings, cars and airplanes, plastics, foams and textiles. Animal studies have shown that several classes of flame retardants interfere ... Read more

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High Thyroid Hormone Levels Tied to Stiffer Arteries

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 4, 2017 – Middle-aged and older folks with elevated levels of a thyroid hormone may face a higher risk of developing hardened blood vessels, a new Dutch study suggests. Hardened blood vessels (atherosclerosis) develop when plaque builds up on blood vessel walls. This condition is a risk factor for heart disease. "Coronary heart disease and stroke remain a leading cause of mortality worldwide, despite advances in prevention and treatment," study author Dr. Arjola Bano said in a news release from The Endocrine Society. Therefore, identifying additional modifiable risk factors for hardened blood vessels is important, he said. "These findings suggest that thyroid hormone measurement can help identify individuals at risk for atherosclerosis, and may have future implications for the prevention of atherosclerotic morbidity and mortality," Bano said. He's a doctoral candidate at ... Read more

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Mildly Low Thyroid Function in Pregnancy Not a Threat: Study

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

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 pregnancy could also pose a threat to a newborn. This new study of more than 97,000 pregnant women across the United States found no evidence of that. Researchers saw no differences in brain development between children born to mothers with low thyroid function who did or did not receive medication during pregnancy. There were also no differences between the groups in rates of preterm birth, stillbirth, miscarriage and gestational diabetes, according to the study, conducted by a U.S. National ... Read more

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Toxins in Your Fast-Food Packaging?

Posted 1 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 1, 2017 – Many grease-resistant fast-food wrappers and boxes contain potentially harmful chemicals that can leach into food, a new study contends. Testing on more than 400 samples from restaurants nationwide revealed that nearly half of fast-food wrappers and one out of five paperboard food boxes contained detectable levels of fluorine, said lead researcher Laurel Schaider. She's an environmental chemist at the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass. Previous studies have linked some fluorinated chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) to kidney and testicular cancer, low birth weight, thyroid disease, decreased sperm quality, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, and immune system problems in children, the study authors said in background notes. Major U.S. manufacturers voluntarily phased out PFOA and PFOS for most uses ... Read more

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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 treat," said Dr. Ilya Likhterov. He is an ear, nose and throat doctor in New York City. About 200 million people worldwide have thyroid disease. Of more than 20 million Americans with thyroid disease, only four out of 10 know they have it, according to the American Thyroid Association. "While in most patients thyroid cancer develops without signs or symptoms, patients who have had significant exposure to radiation or who have first-degree family members with a history of thyroid cancer need to be ... Read more

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Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors May Face Long-Term Health Risks

Posted 24 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

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. Blackburn is a graduate research assistant at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. In the new study, her team tracked data from more than 3,700 thyroid cancer survivors in Utah diagnosed between 1997 and 2012. The researchers compared those patients' long-term health to that of more than 15,500 people who did not have thyroid cancer. The study found that thyroid cancer survivors diagnosed before age 40 were five times more likely to develop swelling around the heart, and more than twice as likely ... Read more

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Researchers Pinpoint More Genes Linked to Vitiligo

Posted 12 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 2016 – Researchers say they've identified more genes linked to the autoimmune disease vitiligo, which causes patches of white skin and hair. An international team of scientists pinpointed 23 new locations on the genome associated with susceptibility to vitiligo. That doubles the number of known genes connected with vitiligo, the researchers said. Vitiligo may be related to several other autoimmune diseases, including thyroid disease, pernicious anemia, rheumatoid arthritis, adult-onset type 1 diabetes, Addison's disease and lupus, the scientists said. Learning more about the causes of vitiligo could lead to treatment breakthroughs for the other conditions, the researchers said. They found links between genes involved in vitiligo and some of the other conditions. While it's unclear whether this indicates shared causes, the findings suggest promising areas for future ... Read more

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Can You Blame Your Headaches on Your Thyroid?

Posted 2 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – People with migraines and other headache disorders have a greater risk of a thyroid disease known as hypothyroidism, a new study suggests. Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn't produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This can cause mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, constipation and irregular menstrual cycles, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The study included more than 8,400 people. The volunteers were followed for 20 years as part of a medical monitoring project. People with pre-existing headache disorders – such as cluster or tension headaches – had a 21 percent higher risk of hypothyroidism, the investigators found. And people with a possible migraine disorder had a 41 percent greater risk. The findings suggest that people with migraines are particularly susceptible to hypothyroidism. ... Read more

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Thyroid Levels in High-Normal Range May Be Linked to Cardiac Arrest

Posted 6 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 – People with higher levels of thyroid hormone in their bloodstream may be at greater risk of sudden cardiac death, even if those levels aren't abnormally high, a new study suggests. "Our study shows that the risk of sudden cardiac death increases with higher thyroid hormone levels, even in the normal range," said lead researcher Dr. Layal Chaker, a research fellow in endocrinology and epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Sudden cardiac death occurs when a person's heart stops due to a malfunction in the electrical system that drives the heartbeat. Researchers found that people with thyroid hormone levels at the high end of the normal range were 2.5 times more likely to die from sudden cardiac death, compared with people at the lower end of the range. In addition, the 10-year risk of sudden cardiac death was four times ... Read more

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Restrictive Diets May Cause Thyroid Troubles in Young Kids

Posted 10 May 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 – Two cases of children who developed iodine deficiency highlight the risks of putting too many restrictions on young kids' diets, researchers say. The doctors said that the children – aged 2 and 5 – developed iodine deficiency because their diets lacked salt, dairy products, bread and other sources of the mineral. Iodine deficiency is common in developing countries, but was virtually eliminated in the United States after iodized salt was introduced almost a century ago. However, it can still happen if a child's diet is strictly limited, said study author Dr. Brigid Gregg. She is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "Parents should be aware that if they're really restricting the foods their children eat, iodine deficiency is a possibility," Gregg said. The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, which ... Read more

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Thyroid Cancer Cases in U.S. Level Off, Perhaps Reflecting Diagnostic Changes

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 – Fewer thyroid cancers are diagnosed in the United States now than in the recent past, perhaps signaling a change in physician practices, a new study says. And many thyroid growths won't even be called "cancer" any more, according to another new report. The tripling of thyroid cancer cases over the past 30 years "used to be a mystery," said Dr. Luc Morris, lead author of a report published online April 14 in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery. But recently, many researchers attributed the rise largely to technological advances that allow doctors to identify and biopsy small, harmless nodules in the thyroid gland, said Morris. He is a surgical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. "Up to 30 percent of healthy persons have small cancers in their thyroid glands, and nearly all of these would not go on to cause ... Read more

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Surgeons' Experience Matters With Thyroid Removal

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – If you need your thyroid gland removed, choosing a surgeon who performs more than 25 thyroid removals a year might minimize your risks, a new study suggests. "This is a very technical operation, and patients should feel empowered to ask their surgeons how many procedures they do each year, on average," said study senior author Dr. Julie Sosa, chief of endocrine surgery at Duke University, in Durham, N.C. "Surgeons have an ethical responsibility to report their case numbers. While this is not a guarantee of a positive outcome, choosing a more experienced surgeon certainly can improve the odds that the patient will do well," Sosa said in a university news release. The thyroid, located at the base of the throat, produces hormones that regulate your metabolism. Thyroid removal (thyroidectomy) is not uncommon and often done due to cancer or enlargement, Sosa and her ... Read more

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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 thyroid diseases, the study authors said. The authors examined data from nearly 17,000 American adults who had their thyroid removed between 1998 and 2009. About half these patients had cancer, and the other half had thyroid disease. Overall, 6 percent of the patients had complications after their surgery, such as damage to voice box nerves, excessive bleeding, poor wound healing, breathing or heart problems, hormone deficiency and death. Complication rates were 4 percent among patients whose surgeon ... Read more

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Better Imaging Scans Catching More Thyroid Cancers: Study

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – Advanced imaging technology has helped doctors spot more cases of thyroid cancer over the past decade, a new study finds. But the Mayo Clinic researchers warn that nearly one-third of these cases involve people with low-risk tumors. "We are spotting more cancers, but they are cancers that are not likely to cause harm," study author Dr. Juan Brito Campana, an assistant professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. "Their treatment, however, is likely to cause harm, as most thyroid cancers are treated by surgically removing all or part of the thyroid gland. This is a risky procedure that can damage a patient's vocal cords or leave them with lifelong calcium deficiencies," he said. Treatment for thyroid cancer can also be a financial burden for patients and their families, Brito Campana added. In 2013 alone, the total ... Read more

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