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Welcome to Clinical Thyroidology for Patients, bringing to you, the patients, 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.

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In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:

  • Is the brain development in pre-term infants affected by hypothyroidism in the mother?
  • Can thyroid hormone prevent abnormal brain development if hypothyroidism in the mother is diagnosed during the pregnancy?
  • Is methimazole taken during pregnancy associated with birth defects?
  • Is kidney disease associated with autoimmune thyroid disease?
  • What is the best to prepare patients for whole body scans to diagnose spread of thyroid cancer?

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.

Have a happy and healthy fall season!


— Alan P. Farwell, MD