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Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to meet the body’s needs. Without enough thyroid hormone, many of the body’s functions slow down. About 5 percent of the U.S. population has hypothyroidism. Women are much more likely than men to develop hypothyroidism.
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Researcher explores public perceptions related to newborn screening programs

Researcher explores public perceptions related to newborn screening programs

While 94 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they would participate in public health programs that screen newborns for a specific number of genetic conditions, only 80 per cent said they would be willing to participate in screening that would sequence their newborns' genomes. [More]
Safeguard Scientifics reports net income of $24 million for fourth quarter 2013

Safeguard Scientifics reports net income of $24 million for fourth quarter 2013

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. today announced fourth quarter and full-year 2013 financial results. For the three months ended December 31, 2013, Safeguard's net income was $24.0 million, or $1.10 per share, compared to net loss of $10.8 million, or $0.51 per share for the same period in 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, Safeguard's net loss was $35.5 million, or $1.66 per share, compared to $39.4 million, or $1.88 per share for the same period in 2012. [More]

TV series House helps doctors diagnose Cobalt intoxication of patient with hip replacement

In today’s edition of The Lancet [Friday 7 February], doctors report the case of a patient with severe heart failure, who in May 2012 was referred to the Marburg University clinic in Germany. [More]
Pfizer and Merck join forces to explore therapeutic potential of anti-PD-1 therapy

Pfizer and Merck join forces to explore therapeutic potential of anti-PD-1 therapy

Pfizer Inc. announced today that it has agreed with Merck & Co., Inc., known as MSD outside the United States and Canada ("Merck"), through two Merck subsidiaries, to explore the therapeutic potential of Merck's investigational anti-PD-1 therapy, MK-3475, in combination with two Pfizer oncology assets. [More]
New American Cancer Society report calls diagnosis of childhood cancer

New American Cancer Society report calls diagnosis of childhood cancer

A new report from the American Cancer Society outlines progress made and -more importantly-challenges that remain in fighting childhood cancer. The report estimates the number of new cancer cases and deaths for children and adolescents in the United States, summarizes the most recent and comprehensive data on cancer incidence, mortality, and survival, and outlines what is known and where answers are still needed for childhood cancers. [More]
AACE releases first 2013 list of most frequently searched endocrine medical conditions

AACE releases first 2013 list of most frequently searched endocrine medical conditions

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) today released its first annual list of the most frequently searched endocrine medical conditions for 2013, as measured by visits to the organization's patient education website, www.empoweryourhealth.org. [More]
Celgene subsidiary presents REVLIMID study results on lymphoma at ASH annual meeting

Celgene subsidiary presents REVLIMID study results on lymphoma at ASH annual meeting

Celgene International Sàrl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) today announced that results from two studies of REVLIMID (lenalidomide) combinations in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) were presented at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting in New Orleans, La. [More]
Novartis to present updates on broad cancer portfolio at ASH and SABCS symposiums

Novartis to present updates on broad cancer portfolio at ASH and SABCS symposiums

Novartis will present updates on its broad cancer portfolio with more than 240 abstracts at the upcoming American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meeting and CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). [More]
Chronic diseases account for increasing proportion of GPs' workload

Chronic diseases account for increasing proportion of GPs' workload

GPs in Australia are working three hours less per week in direct clinical care, however they are dealing with more health problems per visit, research led by the University of Sydney shows. [More]

Few newly diagnosed high-cholesterol patients get screened for thyroid dysfunction: Study

Despite current guidelines that recommend newly diagnosed high-cholesterol patients have a TSH blood test done to make sure they do not have hypothyroidism, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center have found that only about half of these patients were screened for thyroid dysfunction. [More]

Thyroid specialists recommend thyroid function testing for pregnant women

Decreased thyroid function can have a detrimental effect on pregnancy outcomes. A majority of thyroid specialists surveyed recommend thyroid function testing for all pregnant women. The results of a survey conducted at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Thyroid Association will be delivered in a poster to be presented at the upcoming 83rd Annual Meeting of the ATA, October 16-20, 2013, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. [More]
Study shows treatment for hypothyroidism is not associated with weight loss in most people

Study shows treatment for hypothyroidism is not associated with weight loss in most people

Decreased thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is commonly associated with weight gain. But contrary to popular belief, effective treatment with levothyroxine (LT4) to restore normal thyroid hormone levels is not associated with clinically significant weight loss in most people. [More]

Widespread prescription of levothyroxine medication may cause more harm than good

A study of patients in the United Kingdom suggests widespread prescribing of the medication levothyroxine sodium to boost thyroid function among patients with borderline high levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone thyrotropin (a sign of low thyroid function), raising the possibility of overtreatment, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. [More]
Hypothyroidism linked to COPD exacerbation risk

Hypothyroidism linked to COPD exacerbation risk

Research shows that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients with hypothyroidism have an elevated exacerbation frequency but, despite this, experience similar quality of life to patients with normal thyroid function. [More]
Study evaluates short-term risks associated with kidney donation

Study evaluates short-term risks associated with kidney donation

The short-term risks associated with kidney donation are relatively modest, but because many donors have additional medical conditions, it is important to evaluate their ongoing health. That's the conclusion of a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. [More]
Proton radiotherapy proves to be cost-effective in treating pediatric brain tumors

Proton radiotherapy proves to be cost-effective in treating pediatric brain tumors

Proton therapy, an external beam radiotherapy in which protons deliver precise radiation doses to a tumor and spare healthy organs and tissues, is cost-effective in treating medulloblastomas, fast-growing brain tumors that mainly affect children, when compared to standard photon radiation therapy, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's (ASTRO's) 55th Annual Meeting. [More]
Comprehensive guide for translational, basic research scientists fills gap in thyroid research field

Comprehensive guide for translational, basic research scientists fills gap in thyroid research field

Despite tens of thousands of studies in the literature on the thyroid gland, thyroid hormone, and thyroid disease, lack of standardization in study design makes it difficult to compare the results and apply them to the development of improved diagnostic and treatment approaches. [More]

Pregnant women with thyroid hormone deficiency are 4 times likelier to produce autistic children

Pregnant women who don't make nearly enough thyroid hormone are nearly 4 times likelier to produce autistic children than healthy women, report scientists from the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and Erasmus Medical Centre in an upcoming Annals of Neurology (online today). [More]
Exposure to PFC may increase risk of mild hypothyroidism in women

Exposure to PFC may increase risk of mild hypothyroidism in women

​Exposure to perfluorinated chemicals is linked to changes in thyroid function and may raise the risk of mild hypothyroidism in women, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). [More]

DTE from animal thyroid glands is a safe alternative to T4 therapy in hypothyroid patients

Desiccated thyroid extract (DTE), derived from crushed preparations of animal thyroid glands, is a safe and effective alternative to standard T4 therapy in hypothyroid patients, a new study finds. The results will be presented Monday at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. [More]