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Endo and Health News, 2005

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Uncomfortable in my skin TRIBUNE-REVIEW, Pittsburgh



How stress affects developing brain Rapid City Journal 5/8/2005
Tumour is 'devil's child' South African Press Association 5/6/2005
Prenatal genetic screening promoted Express News Service 4/23/2005
Epstein-Barr virus associated with smooth-muscle tumours in HIV patients AidsMap 4/20/2005
Adrenal-gland failure is another reason for a rise in blood potassium, because the adrenal glands make hormones that regulate potassium balance.. Ask the Doctor 3/28/2005
ALD and Lorenzo's Oil  Because adrenoleukodystrophy damages the adrenal glands, the disorder can begin as Addison's disease. This represents about 10% of all ALD cases, and affects males between 2 years of age and adulthood. Young men with this form usually also develop AMN by middle age. Boys diagnosed with Addison's disease are usually tested to see if ALD is at the root of the problem... Rare Diseases  
Medical detectives put Lenin under the microscope  Former President John F. Kennedy looked tan and fit, but actually was taking a dozen medications a day for severe back pain, intestinal problems, Addison’s disease (a disorder of the adrenal glands) and other problems... Medical Journal Nashua Telegraph 3/20/2005
Hemochromatosis -- the Celtic curse  Symptoms relate to the organs that become overloaded with iron and can include arthritis, liver disease, diabetes, thyroid deficiency, bronze skin color, impotence and adrenal gland abnormalities and such nonspecific symptoms as fatigue or aches... Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Night eating syndrome is dark little secret of many  
The hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands may be chronically overstimulated in people with night eating syndrome...
Gannett News Service 3/17/2005
New Study Shows Seditol Highly Effective For Improving Sleep and Reducing Fatigue   We believe Seditol™ can be highly effective for the 70 million Americans who have difficulty sleeping, because it addresses the primary cause of sleeplessness in otherwise healthy adults: an overactive hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis due to unresolved stress... Next Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 3/16/2005
Addison’s disease   Addison's disease is caused by a failure of the adrenal glands to manufacture and secrete vital chemicals, such as cortisone, that the body requires. The only treatment to avoid inevitable shock and death is to replace these chemicals with prescription pills... Dear Dr. Gott 3/14/2005
Adrenal Fatigue  Have you recently experienced a major stress in your life, be it illness, job, death, children, etc? After this stress, have you felt as though you just cannot seem to get yourself together, or at least back to where you used to be? Are you usually tired when you wake up, but still "too wired" to fall asleep at night? Is it hard for you to relax or to get exercise? Do you find that you get sick more often and take a long time to get well? If so, then you, like many other Americans may be experiencing symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue... BP Pharmacy  
Valentine's Day Marks Expansion Of Newborn Screening in Oklahoma Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14, will have special relevance for Oklahoma families of newborns born that day and afterward. Effective that date, the Oklahoma State Department of Health will expand its newborn screening program to include screening for two additional disorders: cystic fibrosis and congenital adrenal hyperplasia... The Ponca City News 2/11/2005
Thomas Rebounds From Tumor Scare Sophomore forward Sheray Thomas had been sluggish and easily fatigued. Relying on their athletic backgrounds, the coaches urged him to play harder. That didn't help.

Then a medical examination revealed the reason why Thomas got tired so quickly: A tumor was growing on his adrenal gland...

Kentucky Herald-Ledger 1/15/2005
Doctors give ‘fat’ woman new life. Goes from size 24 to 8 after tumor removed New Haven (CT) Register 1/2/2005


FDA Warning Letter to CortiSlim. FDA 9/15/2004


Happier could mean healthier
Positive people have better immunity, less stress, stronger cardio system, experts find...
IndyStar 4/24/2005
Silence is Golden The Hindu 4/2/2005
Cortisol's role in weight gain still up for debate AZCentral 3/29/2005
Protease inhibitors down-regulate oestrogen receptors in fat; possible contributor to fat loss?   Endocrinological analysis showed no significant difference in levels of testosterone, free testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, DHEAS, luteinising hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) or urinary free cortisol... AidsMap 3/22/2005
Laughter's Link to Health May Be in the Blood.  Washington Post 3/14/2005
Happily Married Couples Live Longer than Their Unhappy Counterparts - A Positive Marriage Results in Lower Levels of the Stress Hormone Cortisol Says Ohio State Study.  Press Release Newswire 3/7/2005
7 Things to Know About How Stress Affects Your Body.  Myrtle Beach Sun News 3/5/2005


Cortisone blocks inflammation and normal immune responses.  ASKDR.GOTT 2/7/2005


Hurried, harried In fact, those little stresses of everyday life will ultimately have a big toll: Stress can damage hearts, cause blood-pressure problems, Cushing's syndrome and more...
Several members of the message boards are writing to the author of this piece and/or the author of the book.  Read their comments here.

The paper published this correction Tue, Apr. 19, 2005

Daily Life: An article about "Hurried Woman Syndrome" that appeared on on April 12 mistakenly reported that stress can cause Cushing's syndrome.  Read online here.

Pioneer Press 4/12/2005
Cushing's Awareness Day   Cushing's Help and Support 4/6/2005
After years, mystery ills diagnosed  Free Lance-Star 4/3/2005
Endocrine Society News - Cushing's as Cover Story!   Endocrine Society News April 2005 issue
TV Show, House, on Fox TV, deals with Cushing's Fox TV 3/29/2005
Bill exempts injured workers from service-break PERS penalty.  He shed the weight he gained because of a tumor on his pituitary gland. He lost the "buffalo hump" on his shoulders that is another symptom of Cushing's disease... Statesman Journal (Salem, OR) 3/21/2005


The right exercise for diabetics  Ivanhoe Newswire 4/1/2005
DDAVP: Court Rules for Barr in Patent Suit.  Associated Press 2/9/2005


Against all odds: The story of a miracleA Cushing's woman gives birth Selma Times-Journal 12/31/2004


Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Announces 2005 Inductees
CNW Telbec 3/10/05
NIH Asks for Internet Access to Studies
NIH 2/3/05
Your Cholesterol: What Do the Numbers Mean?
ThirdAge 1/3/05
Boost Brainpower and Heart Health with Antioxidants from Nature's Little Blue Pill
Jasper Wyman & Son 1/3/05

Growth Hormone

Problems and Benefits From Growth Hormone Deficiency Ivanhoe Newswire 3/29/2005
Deficiency of growth hormone and IGF-1 reduces cancer and kidney disease, but creates other problems Medical News Today 3/22/2005
Genentech and Ipsen Agree to Develop Sustained-Release Formulations of Recombinant Human Growth Hormone PRNews Wire 3/21/2005
Medics are misreading CJD risk Medical News Today 3/12/2005
Mecasermin Rinfabate for Growth Hormone Insensitivity Syndrome RXPG News Today 3/11/2005
PolyPeptide Laboratories Announces Positive Results in Lab International Study Measuring GHRH Analog Efficacy MedaNews 3/8/2005
Growth Hormone Treatment Improves Symptoms of Metabolic Disorder in Postmenopausal Women PRNews Wire 3/8/2005
Neurocrine Biosciences Announces Positive Phase I Results With Its Orally Active GnRH Receptor Antagonist Yahoo 3/2/2005
Direct activation of telomerase by growth hormone via PI3 kinase Journal of Endocrinology  
FDA Safety Labeling Changes: Norditropin, Agrylin, and Lac-Hydrin FDA 3/1/2005
Tercica Submits New Drug Application for Increlex(TM) as a Treatment for Short Stature Caused by Primary IGF-1 Deficiency PRNewsWire 2/28/2005
Dental surgery might become easier with new growth hormone injection technique Xinhuanet 2/2/2005
Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (GHRP-2), Like Ghrelin, Increases Food Intake in Healthy Men Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism  
Needle-Free Delivery Option Exclusive to Saizen(R) Available for Patients Serono Inc., the US affiliate of Serono, announced the availability of Saizen(R) [somatropin (rDNA origin) for injection] for use in the treatment of patients with adult growth hormone deficiency (AGHD), following its FDA approval. PRNewswire 1/10/2005
SomatoKine for the Treatment of Growth Hormone Insensitivity Syndrome Insmed Press Release 12/31/2004

Insulin Resistance

Waist circumference to predict insulin resistance   British Medical Journal, 2005 4/15/2005


Menopause and Mood Disturbance.  Associated Press 2/9/2005

Other Hormones

Fat in liver can cause major problems. Yuma Sun 3/3/2005
Premature birth lays time bomb for girls. The Sydney Morning Herald 3/5/2005
Sleep Hormone (Melatonin) May Affect Sex Organs. Reuters 2/7/2005


Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a treatable condition. Do you sometimes go months at a time without having a period only to fear that you're bleeding to death once it finally starts? Are you doing all the right things to lose weight, but the weight just won't come off--in fact, you're gaining weight? 2/20/2005

Pituitary Tumor

Plasma leptin and ghrelin in the neonatal rat: Interaction of dexamethasone and hypoxia Journal of Endocrinology  
Still producing 'milk' two years after miscarriage?  Elevated prolactin level is usually the underlying cause of inappropriate lactation. Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. Excessive production of prolactin may be due to enlargement of the gland. There may be a slight enlargement resulting in a microadenoma or excessive enlargement resulting in a macroadenoma... Jamaica Observer 3/21/2005
‘Our dreams might just come true’ When we met Crowley that spring, he was concerned about my adrenal glands because an MRI had shown that my pituitary gland was there but wasn’t attached to the stalk that connects it to the brain. The pituitary uses the stalk like a telephone wire to send messages to the brain: “more hormone!... Nashua (NH) Telegraph 3/11/2005
Acromegaly My daughter was diagnosed with acromegaly, which my friends and I have never heard of. Her symptoms included enlargement of her forehead, hands and feet. Her nose enlarged too. Her shoe size went from 9 to 11... Yuma Sun 3/2/2005
Neurocrine Biosciences Announces Positive Phase I Results With Its Orally Active GnRH Receptor Antagonist Yahoo 3/2/2005
Despite teen’s surgery ‘She still is our Zannah’ Health problems prevent Zannah Harbert, 18, from sprinting along the fast track like most high school seniors. But Harbert’s ability to jog along at her own pace, despite the setbacks, keeps her goals intact and her attitude positive.... Daily Journal 2/16/2005
Beaming in on the brain New radiation system tackles tumors while bypassing nearby tissue ... Chicago Tribune  
Endocrine Dysfunction Common After Subarachnoid HemorrhageCase reports and evidence from small series have suggested that aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage might be associated with neuroendocrine dysfunction.

In the December issue of Stroke, Greek researchers now report that in a larger population with long-term follow-up, endocrine abnormalities are indeed common in patients who survive these events...

Medscape 12/31/2004


Steroid use disputed for mild asthma Reuters  4/14/2005
Adrenal Suppression From Topical Corticosteroids Surprisingly High  The data reviewed at a joint meeting of the Nonprescription Drugs and Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs advisory committees surprised many panelists, who said they were not aware the drugs had such a high incidence of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression.

The suppression can lead to debilitating and potentially fatal conditions such as Cushing's syndrome...

MedPage Today  3/25/2005
American Academy of Dermatology Issues Statement Urging FDA Advisory Committees to Maintain Dermatologic Corticosteroids as Prescription Medications PRNewswire 3/23/2005
Corticosteroid Treatment Effective for Children's Asthma A pharmacological corticosteroid is a hormone similar to those produced by the adrenal cortex, such as cortisol and aldosterone. These hormones have been shown to be effective in in combating asthma... HealthDay 3/19/2005
Steroid Injection Won't Quiet Ringing in the Ears Reuters Health 3/2/2005
New Zealand: Director-General's Privileged Statement Under Section 98 Of The Medicines Act 1981 Ministry of Health 3/1/2005
Topical Corticosteroid Rx-To-OTC Switch Safety Data Will Be Topic Of Joint Cmte. Meeting FDA Advisory Committee  
School Steroid Use Silent, Rampant Associated Press 2/6/2005
Cops Accused of Using Steroids to Bulk Up Associated Press 2/4/2005


OHSU studies 'expectancy effect,' brain disorders. It's a question scientists have debated for more than 50 years: Can a person's belief or expectation of overcoming an illness improve that person's overall health? 1/12/2005



Tracking down the cause of women's facial hair. Yuma Sun 2/9/2005


Oh, My Aching Back  Reader's Digest  


How hypothyroidism is tested? Khalsa News Network Pvt. Ltd. 2/28/2005
Hypothyroid condition requires medication. Q. Please address weight and women with hypothyroid condition. Twice I've gone on hypothyroid medicine and then gained weight. I'm 60, eat less than ever (both types and portions of food), work out with weights two to three times per week, walk on a treadmill and take vitamins. The weight just creeps upward. Others must have the same frustrations... Bay Area Living  

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