CTFP Volume 9 Issue 6

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 Alliance for Thyroid Patient Education. The Alliance member groups consist of: the American Thyroid Association, Bite Me Cancer, the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, the Light of Life Foundation, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association, Thyroid Cancer Canada and Thyroid Federation International.

November is Hyperthyroidism Awareness Month. In honor of this topic, our lead summary in this issue is a review of the recent ATA Hyperthyroidism guidelines provided by Kimberly Dorris, Executive Director/CEO of the Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation

In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:

  1. What do the new American Thyroid Association Hyperthyroidism guidelines mean for patients?
  2. What are the risks of taking antithyroid drugs for hyperthyroidism during pregnancy?
  3. Are low WBC counts in Graves’ disease due to antithyroid drugs or the inderlying disease?
  4. Can molecular markers identify patients with Graves’ disease at risk for agranulocytosis?

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