New Research in Generating Thyroid Cells

New research in generating thyroid cells shows promise in the fight against thyroid disease. With a minimum of 10% of the population suffering from thyroid disease, this is great news.

The findings, which appear in the journal Stem Cell Reports, are the first step to developing a similar protocol using human stem cells that will allow the modeling of thyroid disease to better understand its causes and the development of therapies.

You can read the full report here:

New Thyroid Cell Research


Reasearch shows that patients with thyroid cancer who undergo a total thyroidectomy had a 15% increased risk for CHD and a similar 15% increased risk for ischemic stroke.

Also, receiving treatment with high doses of levothyroxine also increased risk: Being in the upper two quartiles of levothyroxine therapy carried a 4- to 5-fold risk for CHD and ischemic stroke and a 2- to 2.5-fold risk for atrial fibrillation.

Here are their findings:

Thyroid Cancer Increases Risk of Stroke and Heart Attack 


This story is about the chemicals in the wrappers that fast-food packaging manufacturers use to keep sauces or grease from leaking through the wrapper. Dessert and bread wrappers, and Tex-Mex food packaging were found to be the mostly likely to contain the chemicals.

They declined to call out certain brands for their packaging, because she said her sample size was small.

Their findings are in this report:

Fast Food Wrappers: Are They Dangerous

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