News Articles February 2024

Touch Endo Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Touch Endo covers a range of topics, including research on diagnosing pituitary tumors, treating diabetes, lessening symptoms of menopause, and promoting liver health. Read more here: 

 

Banned Growth Hormone Linked to Transmission of Alzheimer’s

A study published in the Journal Nature looks at the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in patients injected with cadaver-derived pituitary growth hormone, which was banned in 1985 after some patients developed Creuztfeldt-Jakob disease. It is the first documentation of the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s  Read more here:

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U.K. Soccer Player Battles Acromegaly

An article in the Leicester Mercury tells the story of Tom Mayor, a semi-pro goalkeeper diagnosed with acromegaly.  Read more here:

 

Can A-I Help Write Medical Case Reports?

An article in on Cureus.com presents a case study of a child with Rathke’s Cleft Cyst, written using artificial intelligence, in this case ChatGPT. The author concludes that ChatGPT produced some helpful tables, it “has limitations in answering questions, particularly in providing specific data and addressing individual cases.” Read more here:

News Articles January 2024

Woman diagnosed with pituitary tumor after nose, feet grow

A woman in the U.K. ignored her fatigue and headaches for years, but saw a doctor after her nose and feet kept getting bigger. That led to the discovery of a pituitary tumor that had been present for 20 years.  Read more here: 

 

Pituitary history: the man who grew from 4’ to 7’8”

An article on the site Boing Boing explores the case of Adam Rainer, an Austrian man born in 1899 whose acromegaly caused him to start out at the unusually small adult height of 4 feet tall – and then grow to a height of 7’8”. He underwent surgery but sadly passed away at age 51.   Read more here:

 

Research links oxytocin to sex addiction

A study done by researchers in Cypress and Sweden found high oxytocin levels in men suffering from hypersexual disorder. Read more here:

 

Study looks at link between neurological complications and obesity

Researchers are looking into a case study where severe obesity may have set the stage for intracranial pressure, which may have caused neurological conditions such as flattened posterior globes and an empty sella.   Read more here:

 

Can the covid vaccine lead to pituitary enlargement? A case study.

An article in Cureus looks at a case study of a woman whose pituitary enlarged after she received a fourth Covid-19 vaccine.   Read more here:

News Articles December 2023

Effect of Antipsychotics on Prolactinoma Growth

A study featured in Cureus looks the effect of antipsychotic medications on prolactinoma growth and found that when a patient stops taking risperidone, haloperidol, thioridazine, or amisulpride, prolactin levels in the blood drop. The drop is less pronounced with clozapine, aripiprazole, and olanzapine Read more here: 

Pituitary Story: Changes in Jawline Lead to Diagnosis of Acromegaly

An article in 9news.com tells the story of a 32-year-old Australian woman, Shari Dawson, whose first symptoms of acromegaly were changes to her jawline, nose and shoe size. Dawson is now the general manager of the Australian Pituitary Foundation.  Read more here:

Photos of Shari Dawson before and after her acromegaly diagnosis. (Shari Dawson)

Pituitary Journey: Lou Gramm, Singer for the group Foreigner

The singer for the group Foreigner, Lou Gramm, recently recalled his fight against a craniopharyngioma, as a younger man.  Read more here:

4-year-old Ohio Boy Fights Pituitary Tumor

The community in Clermont County, Ohio is rallying around a four-year-old boy named Augus, who is fighting a pituitary tumor. Doctors say the tumor took up 45% of hie brain. Surgery to implant a reservoir left him blind in one eye  Read more here:

News Articles November 2023

When an Ear Infection Turned Out to Be a Pituitary Tumor

A story in the Daily Mail follows the case of a woman who visited her general practitioner for an ear infection and ended up being diagnosed with a pituitary tumor.  Read more here: 

Study: Cushing’s More Often Diagnosed in Pre-pubertal Boys than Girls

A study out of Turkey featured in Cushing’s Disease News finds that Cushing’s disease was diagnosed more often in prepubertal boys than girls, a reverse of what is seen in adults. The study also found that one third of benign pituitary tumors did not show up on MRI scans.  Read more here:

Study: Therapeutic Touch and Music Improves Sleep in Menopausal Women

A study in the Journal Menopause finds that therapeutic touch and soothing music can improve sleep in menopausal women.   Read more here:

British TV Star Discusses Pregnancy Battle with Hypophysitis

Emma Weymouth, a British reality star known for the show “Strictly Come Dancing”, discusses her diagnosis of hypophysitis during pregnancy.   Read more here:

News Articles October 2023

Study: Pituitary Tumor Removal Surgery Safe in Patients over 75

An article in Express Healthcare Management looks at a study from France that found that surgery to remove a pituitary adenoma is safe for patients over age 75, with a low rate of complications. Read more: 

Artificial Intelligence and Neurosurgical Training

An article by the BBC examines the use of artificial intelligence at University College London to train neurosurgeons. Within a few years, the technology may be able to condense ten years of training into two years.”  Read more:

Study: Dexamethasone Suppression Ineffective in helping Diagnose Cushing’s Disease

An article in Cushing’s Disease News looks at a study from South Korea that finds that dexamethasone suppression before using PET did not improve the detection of pituitary tumors, as was previously thought.    Read more:

Acromegaly Drug in Pill Form Shows Promise

A story in the San Diego Union Tribune looks at progress announced by a company called Crinetics toward a pill that can improve growth hormone levels in acromegaly patients. The preliminary results of the ongoing phase three clinical trial show that “83 percent of acromegalics who took the drug were able to maintain lower growth hormone levels”. This is significant because currently growth hormone is administered via painful shots using large-gauge needles.   Read more:

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