CLINICAL THYROIDOLOGY FOR THE PUBLIC
A publication of the American Thyroid Association
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.
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March is Medullary Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.
In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:
- Does air pollution affect the baby’s thyroid function during pregnancy?
- Are high TSH levels a risk factor for death from all causes?
- Are high FT4 levels a risk factor for sudden cardiac death?
- Are high FT4 levels a risk factor for cancer?
- Can we predict which Graves disease patients will relapse after antithyroid drugs are stopped?
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