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Concerned about low energy?...Memory loss?...Fatigue?...Depression? … Rapid heartbeat?…Restlessness?…Infertility?... Weight or hair changes?… A lump on your neck?... Could it be your thyroid?
The American Thyroid Association and the ATA Alliance for Patient Education (including the GDATF) will host a special patient forum in Denver, CO on Saturday, September 24 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Denver, Colorado. Location: Governor’s Square 14 Room, Plaza Building, Concourse Level Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202. This program is free and all are welcome, including walk-in-attendees; however, reservations are encouraged to ensure we have enough seating. To RSVP, please e-mail ThyCa at firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the meeting flyer, please click here.
LA BioMed is currently recruiting individuals aged 18-64 with a diagnosis of Graves' disease who are not currently on methimazole or PTU for a clinical trial testing an experimental immunologic therapy. Individuals who qualify will be financially compensated for their time. Interested individuals should contact the Thyroid Research Unit at LA BioMed at (310) 222-8172. For more information, visit clinicaltrials.gov and enter the following trial identifier in the search box: NCT02713256.
Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of hypothyroidism outside the United States, while Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause within the United States. HealthDay recently described two interesting cases of iodine deficiency in children who were following restricted diets that did not include gluten, dairy, or iodized salt. Click here to read more.
A small study out of Romania found that methimazole may normalize liver function tests in patients with hyperthyroidism. This isn't a surprise, as hyperthyroidism itself can cause liver issues; however, liver issues can also be a side effect of anti-thyroid medications. Current medical guidelines recommend running a baseline liver function test at diagnosis and avoiding ATD treatment if liver enzymes are elevated to more than 5x the upper limit of normal. Click here to read more.
Please join us at UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute on Saturday, May 7th for a special all-day patient and family mini-conference - click here to register!
Cost for the event will be $10, which includes a light breakfast and boxed lunch. If this expense is a hardship, please see the instructions below for submitting a scholarship application.