News Articles June 2024

Can machine learning improve diagnosis of hormone imbalance?

A study in the journal Academic Radiology looks at the use of machine learning to analyze pituitary MRI images (radiomics) and clinical data – and finds it is helpful in the diagnostic process to differentiate between growth hormone deficiency and idiopathic short stature.  Read more: https://www.academicradiology.org/article/S1076-6332(24)00293-9/abstract

Personality changes after pituitary surgery

An article in Medical News Today looks at the personality changes patients can experience after undergoing pituitary surgery. They include mood shifts, depression, anxiety, irritability, aggression, confusion and apathy. Read more:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/personality-changes-after-pituitary-surgery#personality-changes

Study: 80% remission rate after 2nd Cushing’s surgery

An article in Cushing’s Disease News looks at a study from the journal Pituitary that found that 80% of patients who had a second surgery for Cushing’s Disease achieved remission. Read more: https://cushingsdiseasenews.com/news/remission-most-cushings-patients-after-2nd-pituitary-surgery/

North Carolina Congressman battles pituitary tumor

Congressman Greg Murphy from North Carolina will be undergoing surgery to remove a pituitary macroadenoma. Dr. Murphy is also a urologist. Read more: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/north-carolina/outer-banks/congressman-greg-murphy-surgery-brain-tumor-nc-obx/291-2dc18304-d151-426e-b792-6ef74b18708c

Ohio stuntman fights acromegaly, jumps cars

An Ohio news station featured the story of Raymond Kohn, who jumps the General Lee car over big ramps at stunt shows as part of the Northeast Ohio Dukes. But there’s a twist – Kohn is also battling acromegaly and had transsphenoidal surgery to remove the tumor. Watch the story: https://www.wfmj.com/clip/15470193/warren-stunt-driver-overcomes-brain-tumor

 

News Articles May 2024

Does a form of dwarfism improve cardiovascular risk?

A study in the Journal Med looks at the longevity of people with Laron’s Syndrome, who have low-growth hormone signaling that causes a form of dwarfism but may also confer lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Read more in the Daily Mail: https://tinyurl.com/5cdmafaj or consult the original study: https://tinyurl.com/2pvzzbev

Case study: Surgical Treatment of Pituitary Macroadenoma​s

A study published on Cureus.com looks at the case of a 48-year old woman with a pituitary macroadenoma. Surgeons removed the tumor but she suffered post-operative complications that required extensive management. They conclude that this type of surgery is complex and requires individualized care.

Acromegalic receives special-made shoes​

An article on Fox5dc.com features the story of an acromegaly patient in Venezuela who holds the record for the world’s biggest feet, according to the Guinness Book of World records. The man, named Jeison Rodriguez Hernandez, has size 26 feet and gets his shoes special-made a company in Germany. Read more: https://www.fox5dc.com/news/man-with-worlds-largest-feet-receives-new-custom-shoes

Study: Female Cushing’s patients develop more new diseases than men after treatment

An article in Cushing’s Disease news looks at a study published in the journal Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. Researchers found that women were more likely to develop additional diseases than men, when in remission after treatment for Cushing’s syndrome. Read more: https://cushingsdiseasenews.com/news/more-new-disorders-women-than-men-after-cushings-remission-study/

News Articles April 2024

PET/MRI and Cushing’s Disease

A study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine finds that PET/MRI may be more effective in diagnosing Cushing’s Disease compared to MRI alone   Read more:

Patient with hypothyroidism, Addison’s delivers twins

An article in the Times of India recounts that story of a woman whose ovaries were not functioning due to Addison’s disease and hypothyroidism. Once treated, her condition subsided and she was able to conceive and give birth to twins, a remarkable feat.   Read more here:

Study explores link between erectile dysfunction and gaming

Researchers in China looked at the effect long hours of gaming had in men aged 40-69 and found higher levels of TSH, which are involved in sperm production and hypothesize a link between screen time and elevated risk of erectile dysfunction.   Read more here:

Patient story: ectopic Cushing’s went undiagnosed for years

A story in Cushing’s Disease News looks at a study concerning a man whose ectopic Cushing’s, caused by a lung tumor, took many years to be diagnosed. Researchers blame ignorance on the part of nonendocrine providers.  Read more here:

News Articles March 2024

Comedian Amy Schumer battles Cushing’s

Actress and comedian Amy Schumer revealed that she has been dealing with exogenous Cushing’s Syndrome, apparently triggered by steroid shots. Read more:

Here is a Q and A about it from the University of Virginia: Read more:

4th dose of Pfizer Covid vaccine linked to expansion of pituitary tumor

The Journal Cureus features a case report from Thailand about a woman who experienced sudden blindness after taking the 4th Pfizer Covid vaccine. Doctors believe it caused a pre-existing pituitary tumor to enlarge and press on her optic chiasm Read more here:

Article on the case report:   Read more here:

Pituitary Journey: Headaches, enlarged hands lead to diagnosis

An article in ClickonDetroit.com tells the story of a woman who suffered from debilitating headaches for more than a year, and then started noticing her hands aan feet were getting bigger. After multiple trips to the doctor and the emergency room, she demanded an MRI, and that’s when she got the diagnosis: acromegaly. Read more here:

 

News Articles February 2024

Touch Endo Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Touch Endo covers a range of topics, including research on diagnosing pituitary tumors, treating diabetes, lessening symptoms of menopause, and promoting liver health. Read more here: 

 

Banned Growth Hormone Linked to Transmission of Alzheimer’s

A study published in the Journal Nature looks at the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in patients injected with cadaver-derived pituitary growth hormone, which was banned in 1985 after some patients developed Creuztfeldt-Jakob disease. It is the first documentation of the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s  Read more here:

Here is an article that explains why this is unlikely to happen again.  Read more here:

 

U.K. Soccer Player Battles Acromegaly

An article in the Leicester Mercury tells the story of Tom Mayor, a semi-pro goalkeeper diagnosed with acromegaly.  Read more here:

 

Can A-I Help Write Medical Case Reports?

An article in on Cureus.com presents a case study of a child with Rathke’s Cleft Cyst, written using artificial intelligence, in this case ChatGPT. The author concludes that ChatGPT produced some helpful tables, it “has limitations in answering questions, particularly in providing specific data and addressing individual cases.” Read more here:

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