Thyroid Diseases News and Research

Does Underactive Thyroid Lead To Weight Gain—Or Vice-Versa?
10/04/2016 - New research shows that excess weight may be slowing down the thyroid, instead of a slow thyroid making it easy to pack on the pounds, says Cari Kitahara, PhD, MHS, an epidemiologist at the National Cancer Institute who presented her findings on obesity, thyroid function and weight at the 86th annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Denver Sept. 24.
Thyroid Cancer: Epidemic or Overdiagnosis?
09/23/2016 - Many experts are now saying that not everyone with thyroid cancer may need immediate treatment—or any treatment at all—according to a Mayo Clinic expert speaking at the opening session of the American Thyroid Associaiton's 86th annual meeting in Denver. 
Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism During Pregnancy
08/02/2016 - A  large study from Denmark found that exposure to levothyroxine, used to help a sluggish thyroid (hypothyroidism), had no impact on birth weight and other factors. However, treatment with anti-thyroid medications for overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) was linked with a higher risk of preterm births, low birth weights and infant death.
Soy & Your Thyroid: How Much Is Too Much?
07/29/2016 - Eating large amounts of soy foods may not be good for some women's thyroid functioning, according to new research from Loma Linda University in California.
Levothyroxine for Sluggish Thyroids: Weekly or Daily?
07/06/2016 - Weekly doses of levothyroxine may improve compliance and work as well as daily, study finds. Not everyone thinks it's a good idea.
Common Thyroid Tumor Downgraded to Non-Cancerous
04/20/2016 - An international panel of pathologists and clinicians has decided to rename a type of thyroid tumor—until now deemed malignant—as non-cancerous.
For Best Thyroid Surgery Results, Pick Doctor With 25-Plus Cases a Year
03/22/2016 - Patients who need to have their thyroid gland removed, due to cancer or other conditions, should seek out a surgeon who performs more than 25 such operations each year, according to new research.  
Hypothyroidism Linked to Flame Retardants
12/23/2015 - Younger women exposed to chemicals called PDBEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) may be at higher risk of having a sluggish thyroid, according to a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Mild Thyroid Disorder Could Hurt Brainpower
11/11/2015 - People younger than 75 with subclinical hypothyroidism are at “significant risk” of cognitive impairment and even dementia, according to a new review of studies published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
When Graves' Disease Patients Should Stop Methimazole Before RIT
10/20/2015 - For years, there's been no clear agreement on the best time for Graves' Disease patients to stop taking methimazole (Tapazole) before they undergo radioactive iodine therapy or RIT. Now a new study finds that there may be a wider window in which to safely stop the medication. 
Study Links Low Selenium Diet with Thyroid Disease
09/14/2015 - A new study from China supports previous research showing an association between adequate dietary selenium and heathy thyroid function. The study also found that low intake of the mineral, reflected by serum levels, correlates with increased risk of a variety of types of thyroid disease.
Time to Rethink Thyroid Nodule Biopsies?
07/28/2015 - A new study makes a case for reducing the fairly aggressive surveillance that’s recommended for thyroid nodules. The results of the study, published in the journal JAMA, found that most thyroid nodules are very slow growing if they grow at all. Yet guidelines recommend frequent follow-up and testing to monitor the nodules for cancer.
Untreated Low Thyroid Function During Pregnancy Can Cause Trouble
07/23/2015 - Untreated hypothyroidism in pregnancy is linked to high blood pressure, preterm birth, miscarriage and even fetal death. Now new research from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center says more follow-up screening and treatment may help head off serious outcomes for mom and baby.
Thyroid Cancer?: When Testing vs. Surgery Makes a Whole Lot More Sense
07/22/2015 - The number of thyroid surgeries for suspected cancer has dramatically risen in recent years, and several new molecular thyroid cancer tests may be able to slow the trend.
Gut Bug Slims Waistlines, Improves Blood Sugar
07/02/2015 - A common gut microbe with a tongue-twisting name — Akkermansia muciniphila —helped overweight and obese people lose more belly fat and gain better blood-sugar control in a recent study from the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris.
 
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