CLINICAL THYROIDOLOGY FOR PATIENTS
A publication of the American Thyroid Association
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Welcome to Clinical Thyroidology for Patients, bringing to you, the patient, the most up-to-date, cutting edge thyroid research. What you read here as research studies will likely become the accepted practice in the future. Clinical Thyroidology for Patients is published on a monthly basis and includes summaries of research studies that were discussed in a recent issue of Clinical Thyroidology, a publication of the American Thyroid Association for physicians. This means that you, the patients, are getting the latest information on thyroid research and treatment almost as soon as your physicians.
We will be providing even faster updates of late-breaking thyroid news through Twitter at @thyroidfriends and on Facebook. Our goal is to provide you 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.
In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:
- Are "thyroid support" supplements safe and effective?
- Is once weekly dosing effective in hypothyroid patients that have difficulty taking daily doses?
- Does smoking in pregnancy lead to hypothyroidism?
- Can pregnancy complications in hypothyroid women be prevented?
- How frequently are national guidelines followed in the treatment of hypothyroid women during pregnancy?
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