Dr. Jonathan Forbes is a respected neurosurgeon and an assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati. He did his undergraduate work at Grove City College. After 9/11, began the Health Professions Scholarship Program with the United States Air Force. Later he pursued his M.D, at the University of Pittsburgh. He completed a residency in neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University. He then spent 4 years in the U.S. Air Force, including a deployment at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. Humanitarian care he provided at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Bagram has been featured in numerous neurosurgical journals—including Journal of Neurosurgery, World Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Focus—and recognized on a national level by the USAF as part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. He later completed a minimally-invasive skull base fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City under Dr. Theodore Schwartz. Dr. Forbes was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA. His answers follow.
This month the PNA Medical Corner showcases a study co-authored by Dr. Sylvia Asa, a member of the PNA Scientific Advisory Panel. The study looks at the case of a woman who had delivered 10 children, and presented with a double pituitary tumor, that secreted more than half a dozen hormones. The authors theorize that the tumor may be made of stem cells, and that her pregnancies may have set the stage.
A new pharmaceutical startup called Tiberio has just launched with $31 million in funding- with the stated goal of developing drugs that target pituitary tumors. The company has licensed two compounds from Ipsen Pharmaceuticals and plans to do additional research. One compound, TBR-760 previously failed in tests to combat acromegaly but Tiberio believes it shows promise for shrinking other types of pituitary tumors. Read more here: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2019/01/03/cambridge-drug-developer-tiburio-launches.html
An article on the site Endocrine Web lists the types of common endocrine disrupting chemicals and gives tips on how to avoid them. Specifically, it warns against pesticides with DDT; plastics, food can linings and register receipts that contain Bisphenol A.; phthalates in beauty products and plastics; flame retardants in some furniture and floor coverings; and Triclosan in antibacterial products. Read more here: https://www.endocrineweb.com/news/thyroid-cancer/8-tips-reduce-exposure-harmful-environmental-chemicals
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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