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Thyroid Problems

Thyroid Problems

What should I know about thyroid disorders? What is the thyroid gland? The thyroid gland makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate […]

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Myxedema (Crisis) Coma

Myxedema (Crisis) Coma

What is the medical definition of myxedema (crisis) coma? Is it common? Myxedema (crisis) coma is a loss of brain function as a result of severe, longstanding low level of thyroid hormone in the blood (hypothyroidism). Myxedema com is considered a rare life-threatening complication of hypothyroidism, and represents one of the more serious side of of […]

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What causes a loss of appetite?

What causes a loss of appetite?

Anyone can experience a loss of appetite and for many different reasons. People may have less of a desire to eat, lose interest in food, or feel nausea at the idea of eating. Alongside a loss of appetite, a person may also experience fatigue and weight loss if they are not eating enough food to […]

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levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid, Levoxyl)

levothyroxine sodium (Synthroid, Levoxyl)

What is levothyroxine sodium, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Levothyroxine is a synthetic (man-made) version of the principle thyroid hormone, thyroxine (T4) that is made and released by the thyroid gland. Thyroid hormone increases the metabolic rate of cells of all tissues in the body. In the fetus and newborn, thyroid hormone […]

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Thyroid Blood Tests

Thyroid Blood Tests

What are thyroid hormones? What does the thyroid look like? The thyroid gland produces hormones that are essential for normal body metabolism. Blood testing is now commonly available to determine the adequacy of the levels of thyroid hormones. These blood tests can define whether the thyroid gland’s hormone production is normal, overactive, or underactive. The […]

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Is compulsive eating before a period normal?

Is compulsive eating before a period normal?

Compulsive eating is common in the days leading up to a period. Several tips and strategies can help a person curb these cravings. Compulsive eating, or binge eating, is an overwhelming urge to eat more food than necessary. It may involve snacking when not hungry or eating in secret. Some people feel sadness or shame […]

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Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid Nodules

How are thyroid nodules diagnosed? Will they take a biopsy? Thyroid nodules usually are discovered by the health care professional during routine physical examination of the neck. Occasionally, a patient may notice a nodule as a small lump in their neck when looking in the mirror. Once a nodule is discovered, a physician will carefully […]

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Look for Early Signs of Thyroid Cancer, Experts Urge

Look for Early Signs of Thyroid Cancer, Experts Urge

Latest Thyroid News SATURDAY, Sept. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Cases of thyroid cancer are on the rise in the United States, and experts want you to know how people at high risk for the disease can detect it early. According to the American Cancer Society, 54,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the United […]