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Taller-than-wide shaped thyroid nodules in any plane have an increased risk of thyroid cancer
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A taller-than-wide shape of a thyroid nodule has been shown by several groups to be associated with differentiated thyroid cancer. Most of the prior studies have defined taller-than-wide as the ratio greater than one of the anteroposterior measurement as compared with the transverse measurement in the transverse (anteroposterior) plane. This group looked at which ultrasound plane, transverse, longitudinal (sagittal), or either, a taller-than-wide shape was most predictive of thyroid malignancy. More

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Pre-term birth and its relationship to hypothyroidism
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It is well known that thyroid hormone has a major effect during pregnancy, both in the developing baby and in the mother. Even mild hypothyroidism has been associated with pre-term delivery. Low birth weight can be seen in babies born prematurely and previous studies suggested that low birth weight was associated with hypothyroidism in later life. The goal of this study was to examine pre-term birth and its effect on hypothyroidism in adulthood. More

Well-differentiated thyroid cancers smaller than 4 cm with negative lymph nodes can be effectively treated by thyroid lobectomy
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There is an increasing incidence of small papillary thyroid cancers worldwide. The current guidelines of the American Thyroid Association recommend total thyroidectomy for any cancer larger than 1 cm. This study is a review of the outcome of thyroid surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1986 through 2005 comparing lobectomy with total thyroidectomy for well-differentiated thyroid cancer. More


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Medicare to cover molecular testing of fine-needle aspiration samples
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Veracyte Inc. recently announced that Palmetto GBA, a national contractor that administers Medicare benefits, has established coverage for the company's Afirma Gene Expression Classifier for use in thyroid nodule diagnosis. With this decision, the genomic test is now available to 40 million Medicare patients nationwide, according to a press release. More

Radiation protection after a nuclear accident
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Radioactive iodine, specifically I-131, is the major radiation product released from a nuclear accident. The most recent accident was the nuclear reactor damage from the Tsunami in Japan. When radioactive iodine is released into the atmosphere, it can then be absorbed into the body. Eating contaminated foods is another way for by radioactive iodine to get into the body. Once in the body, the radioactive iodine is taken up but thyroid cells. More


 
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