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Thyroid Trouble May Raise Dementia Risks

Millions of older adults try to manage an underactive thyroid gland with daily medication, but a new study suggests they may still be vulnerable to developing dementia as they age.

Researchers found that among over 15,000 older Taiwanese ad...

You Can Drink Coffee With Your Thyroid Medication: Study

It's OK to drink coffee soon after taking a liquid thyroid medication, a new study finds.

Current product labels and treatment guidelines recommend patients take thyroid hormone replacement therapy on an empty stomach, but this new research shows that absorption of liqu...

Thyroid Could Play Key Role in Hospital Stays

People with hypothyroidism who are undertreated are at increased risk for longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission, a new study warns.

In people with hypothyroidism, the thyroid gla...

Know Your Thyroid Facts

Thyroid cancer diagnoses have spiked for U.S. women this past decade.

That's why it's essential to pay attention to this small gland at the base of your neck. The thyroid is an important part of your endocrine system, producing a hormone that helps control metabolism.

"While there is no known way to prevent

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  • COVID-19 May Trigger Long-Term Thyroid Issues: Study

    Yet another organ seems to be affected by a bout of COVID-19: the thyroid.

    Italian researchers have examined the thyroids of dozens of patients who've recovered from moderate-to-severe cases of COVID-19. The study found evidence that SARS-CoV-2 infection may trigger an inflammation of the gland in some patients.

    Whether that inflammation can cause long-term dysfunction is still unc...

    1 in 3 Older Thyroid Patients Takes a Med That Can Interfere With Tests

    Nearly one-third of seniors who take thyroid hormone also take drugs known to interfere with tests of thyroid function, a new study finds.

    It's common for older adults to take a thyroid hormone (levothyroxine) to treat low levels of natural thyroid hormone. But tests used to determine the dose and effectiveness of treatment can be affected by other medications, including prednisone, predn...

    Many Thyroid Cancer Ultrasound Scans Unnecessary

    As many as one-third of doctors may be sending patients for a thyroid ultrasound for reasons not supported by guidelines, a new study finds.

    The use of ultrasound to detect thyroid cancer has led to a large increase in thyroid cancer cases, but many of these cancers are low-risk and won't cause serious harm, the study authors explained.

    For the study, the researchers quest...

    How to Keep Your Bones Strong and Prevent Fractures

    If you're a young adult, start thinking about your bone health, an expert advises.

    Most people reach peak bone mass -- the strongest bones they'll ever have -- between 25 and 30 years of age, according to Dr. Philip Bosha, a physician with Penn State Sports Medicine in State College, Pa.

    "To some extent, genetics determines the peak, but lifestyle influences, such as diet an...