CTFP Volume 9 Issue 1

A publication of the American Thyroid Association

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Welcome to another issue of Clinical Thyroidology for the Public. In this journal, we will bring to you the most up-to-date, cutting edge thyroid research. We will be providing summaries of research studies that were discussed in a recent issue of Clinical Thyroidology, a publication of the American Thyroid Association for physicians. These summaries are present in lay language to allow the rapid dissemination of thyroid research to the widest possible audience. This means that you are getting the latest information on thyroid research and treatment almost as soon as your physicians. As always, we are happy to entertain any suggestions to improve Clinical Thyroidology for the Public so let us know what you want to see.

We also provide even faster updates of late-breaking thyroid news through Twitter at @thyroidfriends and on Facebook. Our goal is to provide patients with the tools to be the most informed thyroid patient in the waiting room.

Also check out our friends in the ATA Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education. The Alliance member groups consist of: the American Thyroid Association, the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, the Light of Life Foundation, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association, Thyroid Cancer Canada and Thyroid Federation International.

February is Hypothyroidism Awareness Month.

In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:

  1. Does subclinical hypothyroidism contribute to the frailty syndrome in elderly men?
  2. Does maternal thyroid dysfunction increase the risk of their children having difficulty with math?
  3. Does hypothyroidism affect Hemaglobin A1C levels?
  4. Is anemia associated with thyroid dysfunction?
  5. Can the Thyroseq gene mutation analysis help predict thyroid cancer in indeterminate nodules?
  6. Is there a difference in the cost of monitoring high-risk vs low-risk thyroid cancer patients?

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Let us know what you want to see in this publication. I hope you find these summaries interesting and informative.

Alan P. Farwell, MD, FACE