In these unprecedented times of insecurity, we wanted to assure you that we are still here working to provide resources to pituitary patients. Below is a list of just some of the programs and services that we will continue to provide to help pituitary patients and their families gain knowledge about pituitary disorders during these uncertain times:
This month’s PNA Spotlight features Dr. Elena Christofides, an endocrinologist and internal medicine specialist at Endocrinology Associates in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. She next undertook a residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, followed by an endocrinology and metabolism fellowship at Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Christofides is dual board-certified in internal medicine and in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. She is currently the Chair of the Nutrition and Obesity Resource Center at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. Dr. Christofides is on the EndocrineWeb Editorial Board of Directors and is a reviewer/editor for several publications in the areas of endocrinology and reproductive health. Heavily involved in clinical research during the course of her career, she has been principal investigator on a number of endocrinology-related drug trials and global lead principal investigator for the Gan & Lee insulin biosimilar clinical trials. Dr. Christofides has co-authored peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts that have been presented at some of the most prestigious national meetings. Her patient education video series on nutrition, Shop With The Doc, has won a Silver Medal, the highest honor for a non-commercial entity, in the prestigious Telly Awards for 2019. She was kind enough to answer some questions from the PNA. Her answers follow.
This month the PNA Medical Corner focuses on an article co-authored by Dr. Anne Klibanski, a member of the PNA. The study analyzes the accuracy of diagnostic tests for Cushing’s syndrome and finds that the dexamethasone suppression test is more sensitive than the 24-hour urinary free cortisol test. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2020 Mar 5. pii: dgaa105. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgaa105. [Epub ahead of print] Accuracy of laboratory tests for the diagnosis of Cushing's syndrome. Galm BP1, Qiao N1,2, Klibanski A1, Biller BMK1, Tritos NA1. Author information Abstract
An article in the Hanna Herald tells the story of the Smith family from Oyen, Alberta. Three-year-old Lenroy Smith is battling a pituitary tumor. His father Kirby, a volunteer firefighter, is fighting a recurrence of prostate cancer. The town of Oyen has pulled together to help the Smiths. Read the article here: https://www.hannaherald.com/news/local-news/oyen-family-in-need-of-tlc
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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The Pituitary Patient Resource Guide Sixth Edition is now available! Be one of the first to have the most up-to-date information. The Pituitary Patient Resource Guide a one of a kind publication intended as an invaluable source of information not only for patients but also their families, physicians, and all health care providers. It contains information on symptoms, proper testing, how to get a diagnosis, and the treatment options that are available. It also includes Pituitary Network Association's patient resource listings for expert medical care.