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If your thyroid—a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that helps control metabolism—is underactive, you may experience weight gain, constipation, cold sensitivity, or fatigue (hypothyroidism). If it's overactive, you may lose weight quickly, sweat a lot, have a fast heartbeat, or feel nervous or moody (hyperthyroidism). Luckily, thyroid treatments are often effective.

Hypothyroidism News

  • Soy Formula May Harm Babies With Underactive Thyroid: Report

    Babies born with congenital hypothyroidism — a condition that causes low or no thyroid hormone production — shouldn’t be given soy formula, new research indicates.

  • Autoimmune Woes May Raise Risk for Lung Clots

    FRIDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) — Patients hospitalized for autoimmune disorders, like rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease, may be at greater risk for a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, a clot in a main artery of the lung, a new study finds. Reporting online Nov. 25 in The Lancet, researchers warned that steps should be taken to [...]

  • Stem-Cell Transplants Restored Pituitary Function in Mice

    By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) — A new study by Japanese researchers gives hope that one day people with pituitary gland failure may be able to receive transplants of stem-cell generated tissue to help restore normal function of the gland. Without the pea-size pituitary gland, which sits at the base of the [...]

  • Direct-to-Consumer Gene Tests Cause Little Anxiety: Study

    TUESDAY, Oct. 11 (HealthDay News) — With private companies marketing genetic tests — which measure people’s risk for certain diseases — directly to patients, concerns have risen about people’s ability to handle that information on their own. Although a new study found the mail-in kits, which cost up to $2,500, do not result in excessive worry about [...]

  • Generic, Brand-Name Heart Drugs Seem to Have Same Effect on Thyroid

    WEDNESDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) — For patients taking the heart rhythm drug amiodarone (Cordarone), generic versions of the drug do not cause more incidents of thyroid dysfunction than the brand-name medication, researchers report. When it comes to thyroid disease, there is no difference between the two drugs, according to the report released online July 11 [...]

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