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  1. An interesting article about testing hair for cortisol levels and heart attacks.....typically this experiment was done on men. Hair Gives a Heads-Up On Heart Attack Risk Stress may make you want to pull out your hair, but those tresses could be the key to measuring just how much stress you're under, according to a new study. The study found that the stress hormone cortisol can be measured in hair, providing the first long-term record of chronic stress that doesn't rely on a person's memories. High levels of cortisol in hair were associated with heart attacks, the researchers re
  2. Thanks Zhen, that was a good article. I'm going to forward it to the "Cushing's Expert" at Mass General, that stood in front of me and said "Calories in have to be less than calories expended. It's as simple as that. Nothing else matters." Basically sending me home, after all sorts of testing highs to loose weight and exercise. I wasn't impresses at all, even though she thought I should have been impressed with her credentials and Mass General. Nope, not impressed at all. Despite 17 Ketosteroid levels four times "normal" and high 17-hydroxycortisteroids (17-OHC) she sent me home to d
  3. An excellent article on Obesogens from Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/2009/09/10/born-to-be-big.html MountainQueen
  4. Some interesting concepts about "Obesogens". Worth the read! Why You Can't Lose Those Last 10 Pounds. On May 11, the White House announced it was targeting a new threat to America?s health and security. It wasn?t some rogue nation or terrorist organization, or a newfound disease or environmental threat. It was a class of chemicals that are making Americans fat. They?re called endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs. And chances are you?re eating or drinking them right now. The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity released a report called "Solving the Problem of Childhoo
  5. I came across this article about the clinical use of Dex for CAH carriers. After reading this article I remembered that NO ONE asked me if I was pregnant before I took the Dex test. What would have happened if I had been? Very interesting article for CAH gene carriers: From Time Magazine on line: Medical Ethics: Prenatal Dexamethasone Use Questioned By CATHERINE ELTON Catherine Elton ? Mon Jun 21, 11:45 pm ET When Marisa Langford found out she was pregnant again, she called Dr. Maria New, a total stranger, before calling her own mother. New, a prominent pediatric endocrinolog
  6. Yup, but they're finally putting two plus two together (or should I say 3 + 1?).
  7. All sorts of VERY interesting info is coming out of this year's Endocrine Society's 2010 Meeting, http://www.endocrinetoday.com/default.aspx There's iteresting articles on guidelines for pituitary incidentalomas, Vitamin D, BPA, thyroid malfunction, Growth Hormone therapy, Endocrine Disruptors and PCOS, glucagon stimulating tests, etc, etc. More info than last year! Spend some time reading! MountainQueen
  8. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome in Studies SATURDAY, June 19 (HealthDay News) -- A pair of new studies has uncovered evidence that low levels of vitamin D could lead to poor blood sugar control among diabetics and increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome among seniors. Both findings are slated to be presented Saturday at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in San Diego. In one study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore reviewed the medical charts of 124 type 2 diabetes patients who sought special
  9. Dealing with Patients Who 'Know More Than You Do' About Their Illness Leslie Kane, Other, 10:35AM Mar 4, 2010 A woman whose daughter had Glycogen-storage disease type 1 was in the ED because her daughter's blood glucose level had plunged to 20. The 40-ish ED physician wanted the daughter, who was vomiting but not displaying other severe symptoms of hypoglycemia, to drink cola soda as an emergency measure. The mother, who had previously experienced these episodes with her daughter and had read extensively about the disease in numerous medical journals, told the physician that he shoul
  10. An interesting follow up to previous article: Science News Share Blog Cite Print Email BookmarkType 2 Diabetes Gene Predisposes Children to Obesity, Study Finds ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2009) ? Pediatric researchers have found that a gene already implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes in adults also raises the risk of being overweight during childhood. The finding sheds light on the genetic origins of diabetes and may present an avenue for developing drugs to counteract the disease, which has been on the upswing in childhood and adolescence. "It has been a bit of a
  11. I wonder if Chromosone 16 has anything to do with Cushing's????? As Childhood or Adult Onset? Like CAH or adult-onset CAH? Worth a read. Study: Missing DNA can promote childhood obesity By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer Malcolm Ritter, Ap Science Writer ? Sun Dec 6, 2:24 pm ET NEW YORK ? Some children get severely obese because they lack particular chunks of DNA, which kicks their hunger into overdrive, researchers report. The British researchers checked the DNA of 300 children who'd become very fat, on the order of 220 pounds by age 10. They looked for deletions or extra co
  12. If you get a chance, please watch the NOVA show on Public Broadcasting System (PBS) about epigenetics and the second genome. Very interesting when watched with endocrine/cushings in mind. Also stress markers and personality changes. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/genes/ I think you can also read the program trancript. I would love to hear what anyone else thinks. MountainQueen
  13. Vitual Pituitary Surgery! Practice Makes Perfect With Brain Surgery Simulator September 07, 2009 by Brendon Nafziger, Writer When David Clarke, MD, removed a benign tumor from a woman's brain last month, it was, in a way, the second time he had performed the surgery. Days earlier, the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based neurosurgeon had rehearsed the complex procedure on a state-of-the-art virtual-reality simulator, using a model created from the patient's own medical information. Dr. Clarke believes the operation was the first of its kind where a brain tumor surgery was practiced beforehand
  14. An interesting article about the neurological effects of Lyme's Disease. 'Lyme Rage': Can Lyme Disease Affect Your Personality? Roaming Ticks Can Carry Disease Linked to Physical Problems, Mental Madness By ELISABETH LEAMY, JOSH GAYNOR and LEE FERRAN July 30, 2009 They're tiny insects that can cause big problems. A rise in the number of ticks this year has infectious disease experts focused on the best way to treat the Lyme disease that the little buggers can spread. Some believe the disease can rewire the brain when left untreated.Some 20,000 Americans are infected and treat
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