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 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, Thyroid Cancer Alliance and Thyroid Federation International.
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December is Thyroid and Development Awareness Month.
In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:
- Can the supplement biotin affect thyroid blood tests?
- Does the iodine status in the mother prior to pregnancy affect the brain development in the baby?
- Which is the best screening test for thyroid disorders: TSH alone or with FT4?
- Is there an increased risk of death in patients with hypothyroidism?
- Can different thyroid cancer descriptions affect a patient’s choice of therapy?
- Is testing for a small panel of gene mutations helpful in determining cancer risk in indeterminate thyroid nodules?
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