Blog Posts in 2012

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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Do I Need Another Ultrasound Before My Thyroid Cancer Surgery?

Not too long ago, we used iodine whole body scans to look for recurrent thyroid cancer. Even prior to the surgery to remove the cancerous thyroid, we knew there was also a strong likelihood of ...
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