This month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Andrew Lin, a neuro-oncologist and neurologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He earned his MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, and did residencies in internal medicine and neurology at Barnes Jewish Hospital. He also completed a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lin was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA. His answers are below.
This month the PNA Medical Corner features the International Consensus Statement on Endoscopic Skull-Base Surgery, as presented in an article published in the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology. The ICAR: ESBS was produced collaboratively by dozens of experts, several of whom are members or longtime friends of the PNA. Those include Drs. Theodore Schwartz, John Jane, Jr., Daniel Kelly, James Liu, Daniel Prevedello, Fred Gentili, James Evans, and Juan Fernandez-Miranda.
At the age of 24, Mike Scalise got a terrible headache. “It felt like a hangover headache, times a thousand,” says Scalise. He went to the emergency room thinking it was a migraine, but found out that he had a tumor on his pituitary gland – and it had ruptured: a phenomenon called pituitary apoplexy. The brain bleed put his life in danger, so he underwent emergency surgery. Doctors diagnosed Scalise with acromegaly, and then hypopituitarism. He says, “My pituitary went from producing too many hormones, to not producing any.” Doctors told him he’d probably had the tumor for about a year and a half. Looking back he now sees that he did have some unexplained symptoms: profuse sweating, a poor complexion, sleep apnea, bunions that required surgery - and a tendency to quickly outgrow his shoes.
Chiasma, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHMA), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on improving the lives of patients with rare and serious chronic diseases, today announced positive top-line data from the company’s pivotal Phase 3 CHIASMA OPTIMAL clinical trial evaluating its octreotide capsules product candidate, conditionally trade-named Mycapssa®, for the maintenance treatment of adults with acromegaly.
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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