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 doctor noticed that her nose and lips appeared larger, and her teeth more spaced out. He asked if her shoe size had gotten bigger, and when she answered in the affirmative he sent her for tests, which revealed that she had harbored a tumor for two years. he Mayo Clinic has produced a podcast with frequently asked questions on pituitary tumors. Check it out here

Tips on Getting Through Your First Brain MRI

A column in Cushing’s Disease News goes through what to expect during a brain MRI, and how to calm your nerves. Read more:

Does the Pituitary Help People Wake Up Just Before the Alarm?

A story on NPR looks at whether people can train themselves to wake up just before the alarm and the role the pituitary might play. It cites one study from the 90s that did find that when people were expecting to wake up at a certain time, their pituitary released ACTH about an hour before the wake time, which stimulates the adrenals to release cortisol, which helps wake people up.. Read more:

Florida 10-year-old Battles Cancer on Pituitary Gland

A story on CBS Miami follows a 10-year-old girl in Homestead, Florida who is fighting mixed germ cell cancer that is taking over her pituitary gland. Her little brother shaved his head in solidarity.  Read more: 

Acromegalic, Known as World’s Tallest Man, Turns 40

Acromegalic Sultan Kosen, who is known as the world’s tallest man at 8’3”, has turned 40 . He traveled from Turkey to Orlando to visit an exhibit about Robert Wadlow, who was 8’11” when he passed away at age 22 in 1940. Modern medical advances have helped many acromegalics lead long lives.  Read More:

Pituitary Journey: Soccer Star Lionel Messi

An article on explains that international soccer star Lionel Messi suffered from pituitary dwarfism as a child and received growth hormone injections that allowed him to pursue his athletic dreams. Read more: