This month the PNA Medical Corner focuses on an article co-authored by PNA member and neurosurgeon Theodore Schwartz, a past recipient of the PNA’s highest honor, the Gentle Giant Award. The study compared surgical complication rates against two groups of patients, one 60-69 and another 70+, and found that the rate of complications were 7.4% and 18.5%, respectively. The authors conclude that the risk of complications rises significantly with advanced age.
A new study in the journal World Neurosurgery, co-authored by two members of the PNA, Dr. James K. Liu and Dr. William Couldwell, shows that industry funding greatly increases the scholarly impact of published work, and they found that women were less likely than males to get funding, and if funded, the amounts are likely to be smaller.
Featured News and Updates
News from ENDO 2017 Conference Editors Note: PNA Professional Member Luma Ghalib, MD was the session moderator for both of these ENDO sessions. A free subscription is required to view the following two articles.
A study highlighted in an article in Medscape, and presented at the ENDO 2017 conference, showed that two long-acting growth hormone replacement medicines, somapacitan and somavaratan, show promise and may allow for less frequent dosing, which allows adult patients to stick to the regimen more easily. Read more here.
A recent study in the journal Oncotarget found that Metformin, a diabetes drug, inhibited the spread of cell lines in growth hormone secreting pituitary tumors, and induced cell death. Read the abstract here.
A recent article in the Gadsden Times profiles a senior in high school from Alabama named Haley Smith, who had a rare tumor called a xanthogranuloma of the sellar region pressing down on her optic chiasm. At first doctors didn’t want to perform the risky surgery, but then the tumor burst and they were forced to remove it. She now struggles with panhypopituitarism and takes 450 pills a month to replace the hormones lost to adrenal insufficiency. Read more of Haley’s story here.
An article in Healio focuses on a recent study that show that almost half of adults with recurring Cushing’s require additional medical treatment, radiotherapy, surgery or a bilateral adrenalectomy. Read more here.
An article on the website Scoop features the pituitary journey of Kirsty Lupeamanu, a female boxer from New Zealand nicknamed “The Samoan Sniper”. She is retiring from the sport on the advice of doctors. Read more here.
Knowledge is power and we believe keeping abreast of news on the research front is imperative. Each month in Highlights we feature a few of the top news stories, which you can read below. In addition, we update our website on a regular basis with the latest breaking news related to pituitary and hormonal disorders by gathering stories we think you'll be interested in from MD Linx, Medscape, MedPage Today, PubMed, Touch Endocrinology, News-Medical.net and WebMD.
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