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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 presented 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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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.

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October is Thyroid Nodule Awareness Month.

In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:

  1. Do some elderly patients with mild hypothyroidism do worse when treated?
  2. Do hypothyroid patients do better if they have some underlying thyroid function?
  3. Is the dose of levothyroxine affected by the presence of the thyroid gland?
  4. Do low thyroid hormone levels in the mother during pregnancy increase the risk of ADHD in the children?
  5. Do low thyroid hormone levels in the mother during pregnancy lead to poor math performance in the children?

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