Deciphering Scientific Studies: Join the “Journal Club”!

This article originally appeared in the Graves’ Disease & Thyroid Foundation’s Winter-Spring 2018 Newsletter. You’ve probably flipped through articles in a popular fitness magazine – or seen links to studies in your social media feed – promising a blockbuster treatment for a particular disease or touting the latest supplement that’s supposed to be good for…

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Playing on One String – Day to Day Life With Graves’

With assistance from (and many thanks to) our Graves’ patient communities on Facebook and Twitter, our local support groups, and the GDATF’s online support forum. What do Graves’ patients have in common with violin virtuoso Niccolò Paganini? For starters, we’ve all had the experience of living with a chronic illness. Paganini is believed to have…

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Diagnosis and Treatment of Subclinical Hypothyroidism

With the widespread prevalence of autoimmune hypothyroidism, patients frequently have subclinical hypothyroidism, which is a possible predecessor to overt hypothyroidism. In the National Health and Examination Survey III the prevalence of subclinical hypothyroidism was 4.3 percent (1). What is subclinical hypothyroidism? Subclinical hypothyroidism is a milder form of hypothyroidism. Patients may be asymptomatic or have…

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Radioiodine Treatment for Thyroid Disease

Introduction Radioiodine is a radioactive isotope of Iodine. It is an antithyroid radiopharmaceutical agent used to treat patients with some of the most common types of thyroid diseases, most importantly Graves’ disease and thyroid cancer. The uptake of the radioactive iodine by thyroid tissue can also be visualized with gamma scanners and therefore we also…

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A Short History of Graves’ Disease Reporting in North American Newspapers

No one with Graves’ disease wants to see another person diagnosed with this illness, but finding other people struggling with the same challenges provides some degree of comfort. Patients not only turn to their doctors for advice; they also seek informative and comforting stories in the media. However, the reporting of these stories is a…

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Thyroid Ultrasound 101

Abstract Ultrasound is a well established diagnostic test used in management of thyroid diseases. Some of the indications for thyroid or neck ultrasound are thyroid nodules, goiter, thyroid cancer and other neck masses. Ultrasound guidance is used to perform thyroid biopsies and improves the diagnostic accuracy of fine needle biopsy. This article will provide details…

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Graves’ Disease and Pregnancy Planning – 2010

Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can affect fertility. Achieving a euthyroid state may in itself restore normal fertility. Doctors typically recommend that all women with raves’ disease become euthyroid before pregnancy. Thyroid disorders can impair the health of both you and your baby during pregnancy. Therefore, if you already know that you have Graves’ Disease, you…

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Graves’ Disease and Pregnancy – 2010

Hypothyroidism during pregnancy At first, your baby relies completely on tiny amounts of thyroid hormone that enter its circulation from your own blood. Hypothyroidism in a newborn baby or young child may lead to permanent mental retardation and growth impairment. It is therefore important that your thyroid hormone levels stay well within the normal range…

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Graves’ patients & Non-prescription drugs

An acute symptom is one that comes on suddenly. Acute problems, such as a headache, postnasal drip, or muscular pain due to exercise, often are not serious conditions, and may be treated with a properly chosen over-the-counter medication. Remember, however, that selfmedication may be challenging if a patient is taking prescription or nonprescription medication. Drug-with-drug…

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Food and Drug Interactions

Food can interact with the effectiveness of medications in many different ways. Food can change the rate at which medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. Food can also increase or decrease the total amount of the medication absorbed. Therefore, food can alter the time of medications’ reaction in the body and the total amount of…

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