Acromegalics More Likely to Have Diabetes, Cardiac Issues
An article in Healio looks at a study that found that people with acromegaly suffer at a higher rate from a long list of conditions, including diabetes and hypertension. Read more:
Isturisa Found Safe and Effective for Cushing’s
An article in Cushing’s Disease News looks at results from an extension of a study of long-term use of the drug Isturisa. It found that the drug “led to a sustained normalization in cortisol levels, symptom relief, and improved quality of life for people with Cushing’s disease.” Read more:
Study Finds Testosterone “Cliff” in Men over Age 70
An article in Cosmos looks at a study that finds that testosterone levels drop sharply after age 70; but that healthy eating and exercise can lead to more stable testosterone levels. Read more:
Girl with Growth Hormone Deficiency Chosen as “Kid Captain” for U of Iowa Football Team
Ten-year-old Gracie Springer is the new “Kid Captain” for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team. She suffers from growth hormone deficiency, cardiomyopathy, and is in remission from cancer. Read more:
Extreme Weight Gain Leads to Cushing’s Diagnosis
An article in the Daily Mail follows the story of a 35-year-old woman from the U.K. whose weight rose sharply over a few years, which led to a diagnosis of Cushing’s Disease. Read more:
IGF-1 May Be Linked to Bone Health in Cushing’s Patients
An article in Cushing’s Disease News looks at a study that found low IGF-1 levels was associated with low bone density in younger Cushing’s patients, ages 13-49. Read more:
Eye Exam, Excessive Thirst Leads to Diagnosis of Pituitary Tumor
An article in MedicalDaily.com tells the story of a 41-year old man in the U.K. who drank ten liters of water a day for two years – but tested negative for diabetes. Finally, after an eye exam showed abnormalities, he was diagnosed with a germ-cell tumor on his pituitary gland. Read more:
When A Pituitary Tumor Masquerades as Glaucoma
A study out of Florida looks at cases where pituitary brain tumors can be mistaken for glaucoma if the optic disc features “cupping”. Read more:
When is “Too Short” a Medical Issue?
An article in Romper looks at parents’ reaction to their child’s small stature and explains what qualifies as official “short stature” and what to do if you suspect a medical cause. Read more:
Study: Annual Re-scans Not Necessary for Nonfunctioning Pituitary Microadenoma
An article in World Time Todays looks at a study done of 419 patients with nonfunctioning pituitary microadenoma in the U-K and published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. They conclude that yearly scans are not necessary for this type of common benign brain tumor. Read more:
Community Rallies Around 8-year-old Girl with Pituitary Cancer
An 8-year-old Alabama girl named Josie Vickers is fighting pituitary cancer. And her community is rallying behind her. Read more:
Endo 2023: A Look at the Research Presented
Healio has an article and link to a video of John Carmichael, MD from USC, going over some of the findings presented at ENDO 2023, which recently wrapped up in Chicago, IL. Watch video here:
Pituitary Story: Olympic Surfer Battles Pituitary Tumor
An article in the Sydney Morning Herald tells the story of Costa Rican pro-surfer Brisa Hennessy’s battle with a pituitary tumor. Read more:
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Pituitary Journey: How One Patient Documented Cushing’s Symptoms
Patient Jessica Bracy details her route to diagnosis in a column for Cushing’s Disease News. Read more:
European Congress of Endocrinology 2023 Conference
Dr. Maria Fleseriu, a longtime member of the PNA, gives a video overview of the findings presented at this year’s E.C.E. Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Check it out here:
Tumor Removal Partially Reverses Brain Damage
An article in Cushing’s Disease News explains the case of a 72-year-old woman suffered brain damage and hallucinations due to a catastrophic-ACTH-secreting pheochromocytoma, a rare type of tumor that causes Cushing’s syndrome. Surgeons were able to remove the tumor and lessen her symptoms considerably. Read more:
Man Mistakes Pituitary Tumor for Long COVID
A story in the New York Post recounts the pituitary journey of a man in the U.K. who thought he had long COVID, but discovered he in fact had a pituitary tumor causing hypothyroidism. Read more here:
WWE Wrestler Discusses his Pituitary Journey
WWE Wrestler Tolulope “Jordan” Omogbehin, known as Omos or the Nigerian Giant, discusses his diagnoses of acromegaly and a form of Cushings, along with his two neurosurgeries, in an article for The Sportster. Read more:
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Cushing’s Patients Report Persistent Pain, Anxiety, Weight Gain
A new study surveyed Cushing’s patients and found that many report continuing pain, anxiety and weight gain even after treatment. But patients who underwent surgery experienced fewer issues, comparatively. Read more from Cushing’s Disease News
Pituitary Apoplexy: Surgery and Medical Therapy Have Similar Results
A study released at the recent American Association of Neurological Surgeons Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles finds comparable outcomes from medical treatment of pituitary apoplexy versus surgical treatment. Read more:
Proton Therapy for Craniopharyngioma
An article in U.S. News and World Report talks about a study that looked at the efficacy of proton therapy for treatment of craniopharyngioma, in particular in preventing learning deficiencies. Read more:
Balancing Your Hormones
An article in Science Daily goes over the major hormones, their functions, and recommends proper diet, exercise, sleep and stress management to keep them in balance. Read more:
Beware of Cortisol Misinformation on Social Media An article in Cushing’s Disease News warns of the problem of social media influencers who promote theories or products designed to lower cortisol levels. Read more:TikToks Fuel Interest in Cortisol The New York Times...
Case Study Links Mifepristone in Cushing’s Patient to Liver Damage A study published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports looks at the experience of a woman with Cushing’s who was treated with Korylm (mifepristone) and who developed liver damage. Read more here: ...
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Bones of 18th Century Acromegalic Taken Off Museum Display The bones of an 18th century acromegalic Irish man named Charles Byrne were on display as a medical curiosity for 140 years before being taken off display, in accordance with his last wishes. Byrne was almost...
Doctor Notices Symptoms of Acromegaly in Patient’s Wife A story in the Times of India explains how a neurologist, treating a patient for back pain, noticed some changes in the patient’s wife’s face. The wife had accompanied her husband to his appointment, and the...
Pituitary Q & A The Mayo Clinic has produced a podcast with frequently asked questions on pituitary tumors. Check it out here Optometrist Spots Signs of Pituitary Tumor; Patient Gets Emergency Surgery Nonmedical professionals like jewelers, shoe salespersons and...
Myths about Low Testosterone An article from the Cleveland Clinic knocks down myths about low testosterone and the role of masturbation, vasectomy, soy, smoking and more. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/causes-of-low-testosterone-myths-and-truths/ Summer Camp...
Can Yoga Help with PCOS? An article in Indian Express explores the role of yoga in helping treat PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Read more here: COVID Vaccine and Menstruation An article in SHAPE looks at a new study from the National Institutes of Health about...
Mother Fights to Get School Staff Trained on Pituitary Injections A mother in the U-K is working to get training for staff at her daughter’s school, so they can give her an emergency injection. The girl suffers from panhypopituitarism and may require a hydrocortisone...
Chinese Cancer Researchers Study Pituitary Hormone Receptors The Journal Science reports that researchers with the University of Science and Technology of China “have made a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer through immunotherapy, identifying a particular...
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