A publication of the American Thyroid Association

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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.

The Calendar of Events highlights educational forums and support groups that are organized around the country by members of the 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 and ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association.

In this issue, the studies ask the following questions:

  • How effective are antithyroid drugs in treating Graves’ Disease in children?
  • Do thyroid disorders cause postpartum psychosis?
  • Does subclinical hypothyroidism in the mother affect the baby’s IQ scores?
  • Can medical treatment shrink thyroid nodules?
  • Do suppressive levothyroxine doses in thyroid cancer patients cause heart disease?
  • Does RAI use in thyroid cancer patients depend on the hospital where the patient is treated?

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