December 21, 2018
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Top 10 thyroid news stories posted in 2018

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Endocrine Today has compiled a list of the top 10 thyroid news reports posted in 2018. This year, readers were interested on how diet affects thyroid function, molecular testing for thyroid cancer, a talk show host’s public discussion of Graves’ disease, and more.

Thyroid tablets recalled

Drug wholesaler Westminster Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntarily recall of all unexpired levothyroxine and liothyronine 15-mg, 30-mg, 60-mg, 90-mg and 120-mg tablets, which are packaged in 100-count bottles, according to a company announcement.



Diet can influence thyroid function

Hypothyroidism is a condition commonly associated with weight gain, but no established eating plan has been shown to treat underactive thyroid. However, several micronutrients are known to play a role in improving thyroid function, according to Angela M. Leung, MD.



Levothyroxine adjustment fails to improve quality of life in hypothyroidism

Quality of life, mood and cognition were unaffected by adjusting levothyroxine dose to achieve thyroid-stimulating hormone levels near the reference range in adults with hypothyroidism, study data show.



Levothyroxine improves ovarian function in infertility, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

Women with infertility and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis who received levothyroxine supplementation for 3 months experienced an increase in anti-Müllerian hormone levels, a finding not observed in women with subclinical or overt hypothyroidism and infertility.



Prenatal multivitamins provide uneven source of iodine

Nearly one-quarter of the best-selling prenatal multivitamins in the U.S. in 2016 and 2017 did not contain iodine, although most of those that included iodine contained the recommended amount per dose, according to research published in Thyroid.



Molecular testing for thyroid cancer can reduce unnecessary surgeries

The high negative predictive value of the currently available molecular thyroid tests is extremely valuable, according to Mark A. Lupo, MD, founder and medical director of the Thyroid & Endocrine Center of Florida, and Hossein Gharib, MD, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester.



Levothyroxine therapy associated with lower quality of life in hypothyroidism

Adults with hypothyroidism prescribed levothyroxine were more likely to experience lower health-related quality of life and increased comorbidities when compared with similar adults not prescribed thyroid hormone therapy, according to study data presented at ENDO.




Talk show host's diagnosis introduces Graves' disease to the public

In February, talk show host Wendy Williams announced she would take a 3-week break from her popular daytime TV show to rest and focus on managing her recently diagnosed Graves’ disease.

For many Americans, Williams’ announcement may have been the first time they had heard of Graves’ disease.



Benign thyroid disease associated with impaired sex life

Adults with benign thyroid disease are more likely to report impaired sexual quality of life vs. those without thyroid disease, especially women with autoimmune versions of thyroid diseases, according to study findings reported in Thyroid.



Primary hypothyroidism associated with increased risk for NAFLD

The presence of primary hypothyroidism is associated with a 42% increased risk for image-defined or biopsy-proven nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, with risk increasing across different definitions for diagnosing hypothyroidism, according to findings from a meta-analysis published in Thyroid.