News Articles May 2022

 

Pituitary Journey: Cushing's Disease

Today.com published a feature about a Georgia woman’s fight to for a diagnosis of Cushing’s disease. The article also quotes PNA member Dr. Nelson Oyesiku, who performed her surgery. Read more:

Pituitary Failure and COVID

An endocrinologist from a hospital in Bengalaru, India reports a slew of patients who experienced pituitary failure after recovering from COVID. Read the article in the Deccan Herald:

Wrestler Fights Acromegaly and Cushing’s

omosOmos, a wrestler with WWE, has battled both acromegaly and partial Cushing’s Disease. An article in cagesideseats.com tells his story, and links to a recent TV appearance. Article:   TV Interview:

Caption: Wrestler Jordan Omogbehin, known as Omos (DivaWorld/Wikimedia Commons)

 

5-year-old Colorado Boy Battles Craniopharyngioma

ronan woodAn article in the Pikes Peak Courier tells the story of a courageous 5-year-old boy named Ronan Wood from Colorado Springs, who had surgery to remove a craniopharyngioma. Read more:

Photo: Ronan Wood Go Fund Me

 

File:Jordan Omogbehin (6).jpg - Wikimedia CommonsWrestler Fights Acromegaly and Cushing’s

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News Articles April 2022

 

Endrocrine System Disrupted by COVID-19

An article in Medscape shows that ACE-2 receptors in endocrine glands are a gateway to the cells for COVID-19, particularly affecting patients with diabetes. Read more:

Promising Treatments for Cushing's

Two articles in Cushing’s Disease News look at new treatments for Cushing’s: Tubastatin and Isturisa.

Read article about Tubastatin:

Article about Isturisa:

Pituitary Journey: Bride Undergoes Pituitary Surgery 5 Days After Wedding

An article written for St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri tells the story of a young bride who had to put off her honeymoon in order to undergo pituitary surgery. Read more:

Cases of Early Puberty Surge During Pandemic

An article from the Washington Post and the Fuller Project looks at multiple studies that found a big increase in cases of early puberty during the pandemic. The causes are unclear but are thought to be related to increased stress, less physical activity and higher consumption of unhealthy foods during the lockdowns. Read more:

 

 

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News Articles March 2022

 

Pituitary Story: Getting Your Life Back After Cushing’s Disease

A 23-year-old Florida college student underwent surgery for Cushing’s Disease. Read more:

Pituitary Hormone Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

 A study in the Journal Nature finds that blocking the FSH hormone in mice improves cognition. Read more:

Pituitary Carcinoma, Cushing’s and Covid-19

In the journal Endocrinology, pituitary carcinoma, Cushing's disease and Covid-19 were identified in a 43-year-old low deposit casino player. As it turns out, a 43-year-old man is able to pay for the treatment of anyone, which certainly speaks of his stats

A study in the journal Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports looks at the case of a 43 year old man with pituitary carcinoma who developed a severe case of COVID-19 and Cushing’s Disease. Doctors used Block-replacement with suppression of endogenous steroidogenesis and supplementation of corticosteroid requirements. Read abstract: 

Oxytocin and Sex Addiction

A study from The University of Cyprus found higher levels of the hormone oxytocin in men with hypersexual disorder, commonly known as sex addiction. The finding has implications for future drug therapy. Read more: 

Man Recovers as Tumor Causes Increase in Height, Shoe Size

sarah andrew smithA story in the Sun recounts the pituitary journey of a 52-year-old man in the U-K who grew 14 inches and 4 shoes sizes in 6 months’ time. Read more: 

 

Photo: Sarah and Andrew Smith Credit: Brain Tumour Research

 

 

 

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News Articles February 2022

 

Ohio State Opens New Cancer Trials

Dozens of new cancer trials are now open at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). If you would like more information or are interested in referring a patient to one of these trials, call The James Line at 1-800-293-5066. To search all cancer clinical trials available at the OSUCCC – James, visit cancer.osu.edu

Pituitary Journey: Diagnosing Cushing's

A column by Brandy Moody in Cushing’s Disease News recounts her six-month process, with multiple tests, an MRI and inferior petrosal sinus sampling that led to a diagnosis. Read more here:

Dr. Fred Gentili: In Memoriam

gentiliThe PNA would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Fred Gentili, a well- respected pituitary neurosurgeon in Toronto, Canada, and a longtime member of the the PNA. Dr. Gentili was a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He served as the first Director of the Skull Base Centre at the University of Toronto and was a founding member of the North American Skull Base Society. Read more here:

 

 

FDA Declines to Approve Pfizer’s Once-Weekly Drug for Pediatric GH Deficiency

Reuters reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has turned down Pfizer’s application to approve a once-weekly drug called Somatrogon to combat growth hormone deficiency in children. Read more here:

However the same drug was just approved in Japan. Read more here:

Hypothyroidism and Insomnia

An article in Medical News Today looks at the link between low thyroid levels and subclinical insomnia. Often doctors associate sleeplessness with over-active thyroid, but some research suggests it can occur in patients with under-active thyroid. Read more:

Oral Octreotide Found Effective Against Acromegaly For 62 Weeks

An article in Healio reports on the results of the MPOWERED trial, which found that a 26-week course of oral octreotide worked to control acromegaly in almost all people after 62 weeks. Read more:

 

 

 

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News Articles January 2022

 

Pituitary Story: Surgery Delayed Years by COVID, Staffing Shortages

A Canadian woman, diagnosed with a prolactinoma two years ago, is still waiting for surgery, which has been delayed by COVID and by a shortage of workers in the medical field. Read more: 

Researchers Study Biomarkers to Assess Invasiveness of Pituitary Tumors

A study in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, done by researchers in China, find that certain biomarkers in the blood may shed light on the invasiveness of a pituitary tumor. In the future, this may help endocrinologists make an earlier diagnosis. Read more:

TV Series Features 22-Year-Old Pituitary Patient With The Body of a Child

A series on TLC debuting in January called “I am Shauna Rae” follows the life of a 22-year-old woman from Pittsburg, PA who is 3’10” and resembles an 8-year-old child. She battled cancer as an infant and chemotherapy caused her pituitary gland to go dormant. Read more:

Pituitary Patient Undergoes Transsphenoidal, then Transcranial Surgery

A story in the Times of India tells the story of a woman from Jaipur who underwent transcranial surgery to remove a recurring pituitary tumor. She had previously had transsphenoidal surgery to remove her first pituitary tumor. Read more:

Excessive Thirst Leads to Diagnosis of Pituitary Tumor

An article in the New Zealand Herald tells the story of an Australian mother of two who was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor after she developed an insatiable thirst. Read more: 

Pituitary Story: Don’t Ignore the Symptoms

Paris Dancy’s latest columns in Cushing’s Disease News warn patients about the Cushing’s symptoms that he ignored prior to his diagnosis, and look forward to a healthier new year  Read more here:  and Here


 

 

 

 

 

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