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  1. Very sad today.

  2. Mary, Michigan Pituitary surgery, 2007 with Dr. J. Thought I had a cure, but still sick, not rediagnosed, No insurance and can't afford to test, MRI's appear clear
  3. I still miss you and hope you are doing ok. Drop me a line sometime.

  4. I read years ago that we all have brown fat, it is around our organs, but on TV they said it's in our upper back and clavicles! Now that is very interesting, considering we Cushies get fat deposits in those places. I can't imagine that our humps are brown fat, though. It is very metabolically active, burns calories like crazy. That isn't happening with any of us! Maybe there's a clue there in the mystery of weight gain in Cushing's patients? Has our brown fat been replaced with white fat, or could it be our brown fat just doesn't behave like normal brown fat? Very interesting!
  5. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.p...sc=fb&cc=fp We've all been taught that too much fat is bad. But the problem with fat isn't so black and white. In fact, it's brown and white. The Big Picture White fat ? considered the "bad" kind ? is a way for your body to store excess energy that accumulates when you consume more calories than you use. White fat comes in handy when you're short on food and your body goes searching for extra energy. But brown fat ? the "good" kind ? actually burns excess energy to generate heat. Who Has Brown Fat? Brown fat is mostly
  6. Great find, Susan! I'm looking forward to reading the full text.
  7. Great, very informative interview! Thank you ladies!
  8. Immune System Works Better at Night Monday, December 15, 2008; 12:00 AM MONDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- A good night's sleep really does a sick body good, new research says. Stanford University research with fruit flies reveals that the immune system fights invading bacteria the hardest at night and the least during the day. The findings were to be presented Sunday at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting, in San Francisco. "These results suggest that immunity is stronger at night, consistent with the hypothesis that circadian proteins upregulate restorative
  9. Thought this was interesting: http://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/ebm...enoidal_surgery_ Context: Few data are available on the selective use of bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS) in the presurgical evaluation of patients with adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) dependent Cushing's syndrome (CS) so we investigated whether its use only in patients without a clear adenoma on MRI and/or inconsistent biochemical testing affected remission and long-term outcome after surgery in patients with Cushing's disease (CD). Setting: This was a retrospective review of patients treated
  10. I posted this on my blog, and Robin thought I should post it here. What do you all think? EVEN HAPPY EXPERIENCES CAN'T REDUCE STRESS, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS </H3>This study caught my attention. It is, in itself, quite interesting. But the thing that got me was that they did this and measured these subjects' cortisol levels several times throughout the course of the interview, once beforehand, and then at 30 minute intervals. And it occurred to me: Why do sick people have to beg to get cortisol tests to check for Cushing's?! COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Researchers here have made a surprising n
  11. I have the same issue. Ferritin is always low, regardless of how I supplement it. Great article, Robin!
  12. Research identifies fatty fish oil's many health benefits. It's no fish story that those who include seafood as a staple in their diet benefit from the ingestion of high levels of omega-3 fatty acids ? known to reduce the risks for heart-related diseases, age-related cognitive decline, abnormal brain development and functioning, even obesity and mood disorders. Now, new studies have shown that it is the oil from fatty fish (salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel) that may offer the most health benefits. During the course of a 10-year study conducted in Sweden, it was established that the
  13. I saw the clip on the news. The mom is slender and lovely. The doctors know it is something endocrine. It hit me that if the mother were heavy and poor, they would probably be calling it child abuse and trying to remove him from the home. Call me cynical. But how many similar cases have we seen?
  14. http://www.kare11.com/news/national/nation...66&catid=18 Colombian doctors are trying to determine why an 11-month old baby already weighs 61-pounds-12-ounces. The baby lives in Barranquilla, Colombia. That's the the average weight of an 8-year-old. The boy's mother said he started growing after he was two months old. Preliminary tests show that the baby has an endocrine system problem, doctors say that he will undergo additional testing to pin-point the exact problem. The normal weight for an 11-month-old boy is between 13 to 15 pounds.
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