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Is Radioactive Iodine/Radiation for Your Thyroid Cancer Necessary?

Author: Dr. Segkos Each patient is different, and they should be treated no other way! We have seen tremendous progress in the field of thyroid cancer. Nowadays, we have a much better understanding of ...
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Meet Dr. Segkos!

Questions and Answers with Konstantinos Segkos, MD Dr. Segkos joined the Thyroid Institue to Utah in the Summer of 2017. Get to know our new Endocrinologist and hear how he may be able to assist you ...
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Graves’ Hyperthyroidism and Child-Bearing Women

Should the Approach to Management of Graves' Hyperthyroidism in Women of Child-Bearing Age Be Revised? In the past/present, Graves disease is routinely treated with antithyroid medications during ...
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Obesity As A Disease

OBESITY AS A DISEASE When the American Medical Association (AMA) recently named obesity a disease, it was a sign of growing concern about weight problems. More than one third of adults and almost one ...
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Is Serum TSH Not the Gold Standard for Thyroid Treatment?

It is well established that in normal subjects 15% to 20% of the circulating T3 is directly secreted from the thyroid. In hypothyroid patients, it is known that T3 concentrations can be lower when ...
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New Original Thyroid Research

Dr. Shahzad Ahmad’s thyroid research was recently accepted for future publication with the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology. Dr. Ahmad concluded that ultrasound elastrography is a ...
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How much iodine does a pregnant mother need?

Because thyroid hormone production is increased in pregnancy, the iodine demand is also higher. Sufficient iodine intake is essential for a normal pregnancy. The beneficial effect of iodine ...
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Dental x-rays may be associated with an increased risk of thyroid cancer

Large amounts of radiation exposure are associated with higher risk of thyroid cancer. This can be seen after radiation therapy for other cancers that may have included the thyroid in the radiation ...
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Do I Have Slow Metabolism?

How fast is my metabolism? And, is that why I can’t lose weight? Indirect calorimetry is the gold standard technique for determining resting energy requirements. If we know how many calories we ...
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Does Someone in Your Family Have Thyroid Cancer?

Family is important! Unfortunately, when it comes to genetics, its importance is relative. Studies have shown a higher risk of thyroid cancer in an individual if they have relatives with papillary ...
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Oprah Is Not Your Doctor

While many postmenopausal women are turning to “natural” or “bioidentical” hormone therapy because of safety concerns about conventional hormone preparations, there is no ...
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Get a Second Opinion Before Thyroid Surgery

Up to 30% of thyroid nodule biopsies are found to be inconclusive for cancer. Now, the Thyroid Institute of Utah offers a new gene expression test, available as part of the Afirma Thyroid FNA ...
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American Thyroid Association Recommendations To Prevent Thyroid Cancer

In the United States, thyroid cancer is increasing faster than any other cancer, with more than 56,000 people likely to be diagnosed in 2012 alone. WE ARE DIAGNOSING ONE TO TWO NEW CASES OF THYROID ...
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“Natural Cures for Thyroid Disease” – What Works and What Hurts

What Works - (Selenium) Selenium is a trace element found in nature and in small quantities in our diet. It exerts a fine-tuned control on thyroid hormones, metabolism, and synthesis. Research shows ...
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Cancer in a Previously Benign Thyroid Nodule

A healthy 24-year-old lady was found to have a thyroid nodule. The nodule was around 1 cm in size and was reported to be mainly cystic (fluid filled). A biopsy was done and this reported that "no ...
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Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy – Am I at risk?

EVEN WITH MILD HYPOTHYROIDISM, pregnant women are at risk for severe preeclampsia, preterm delivery, and/or pregnancy loss. Some studies show that mild untreated or undertreated hypothyroidism can ...
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Minimally-Invasive Surgery: The Latest Way of Performing Parathyroid Surgery

Minimally-invasive parathyroid surgery has become the preferred way to treat parathyroid disease for the following reasons: Less Pain. Faster Recovery. The incision is very small – usually about ...
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How One Patient Avoided Unnecessary Thyroid Surgery

A very pleasant 39-year old school teacher was told after a biopsy performed at a southern Utah hospital that she needed thyroid surgery. She scheduled the surgery within 2 weeks and thought to get a ...
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Hormones and Sex

Monday Morning: I enter a patient exam room to see Mrs. Jane Doe, who is holding a chart stating that she is here for “hormonal problems". Me: “Hi! I'm Doctor Ahmad. I'm an ...
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Preventing Unnecessary Thyroid Surgery With New Genetic Test!

One of the most frustrating challenges facing endocrinologists and thyroid patients is when a biopsy on a suspicious nodule is found to be “inconclusive” or “indeterminate”. ...
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Low Testosterone – Should I Get Tested?

This is a complicated subject, which needs a discussion by a specialist, such as an Endocrinologist, to go over the nuances of this field before any investigation is initiated. I have to answer this ...
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“Bioidentical Hormones” – Should I be on them?

What are “bioidentical hormones”? In factual terms, it means a hormone identical to what the body makes. Various FDA-approved and tightly-regulated standard therapies fit this discription. ...
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New Advance in Thyroid Ultrasound Helps Guide Thyroid Biopsy

New Non-Invasive Way To Determine Possibility of Cancer in a Thyroid Nodule! Thyroid elastography is an ultrasonographic technique to evaluate the stiffness of a thyroid nodule as an indicator of ...
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