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  1. I posted about Henry VIII a while back. There were a bunch of articles on him about a year ago or so. And I vote for Sally Struthers. Poor woman has been picked on for years.
  2. How Should a Nonfunctioning Pituitary Macroadenoma be Monitored After Debulking Surgery? Yona Greenman; Naftali Stern Published: 09/10/2009 Summary and Introduction Summary Transsphenoidal surgery is the treatment of choice for nonfunctioning pituitary macroadenomas but is seldom curative. Tumour progression rates are high in patients with postoperative remnants. Therefore, long-term monitoring is necessary to detect tumour growth, which may be asymptomatic or manifest with visual field defects and/or pituitary dysfunction. In view of the generally slow-growing nature of these tu
  3. VIDEO LINK Woman With Hormone Condition Stands 6-Feet, 6-Inches; Weighs 476 Pounds A woman suffering from a rare hormonal disorder stands 6-feet, 6-inches, weighs 476 pounds and is still growing, the Daily Mail reports. Tanya Angus is believed to be one of the tallest and heaviest women on the planet and doctors say her condition cannot be stopped by medication. Angus, who appeared on NBC's Today show in June, lives in Nevada and suffers from a condition known as acromegaly, also referred to as gigantism. At 20-years-old, Angus stood 5-foot, 11-inches and weighed just 115
  4. King size! Henry VIII's armour reveals he had a 52in girth - for which he paid a terrible price He was an immense figure in the history of England. Just how immense, however, has finally been revealed after a study of his body armour exposed Henry VIII's extraordinary vital statistics. It found that by the end of his reign the 6ft 1in Tudor king had a whopping 52in waist and 53in chest - enough to make him severely obese by modern standards. The study by the Royal Armouries coincides with a forthcoming exhibition of his supersized battle dress at the Tower of London to mark the 500
  5. Interesting article. Oddly enough, the endocrinologist that told me all my diagnostic labs were invalid and that I should get gastric bypass since medical science would never figure me out specifically told me to get a Roux-en-Y bypass because it would short circuit the brain/stomach loop of ghrelin and simple banding would not (Despite the fact that I and my husband both told him I hardly eat at all). Needless to say I tossed the GI surgeon's card he gave me and didn't follow up with him. Still, it is an interesting article. Gastric Artery Embolization Stops Weight Gain in Animal Study
  6. Australia. I saw that too. Why is it that all these doctors aren't jumping on some kind of international doctor forum when they get stumped with something like this. We see right away about 10 things that could be wrong. MOMO, acromegaly, Cushings,...not to mention they have these BIG MEDICAL BOOKS they all had to read in order to get their degrees. Crack one open and spend a weekend reading and taking some notes and set a game plan to figure it out. I know I would as a physician.
  7. Interesting. Mine was 15 in January and 10 in April. I just haven't had the energy to deal with that issue too since I had the bad reaction to the supplements. I should though.
  8. World's Tallest Woman Dies at Age 53 The world’s tallest woman, Sandy Allen, died early this morning at a nursing home in Shelbyville, Ind., at the age of 53. No cause of death has been released, but a family friend told the Indianapolis Star that Allen had been sick for several months. Allen, who was 7-foot-7, is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the tallest living woman, and has appeared in the publication since the mid-1970s. She came into the world weighing an average 6.5 pounds – but her abnormal growth began soon after her birth in June 1955. By the age of 1
  9. Measurement of urinary free cortisol by tandem mass spectrometry and comparison with results obtained by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and two commercial immunoassays Lisa Wood1, David H Ducroq2, Helen L Fraser2, Scott Gillingwater3, Carol Evans1, Alan J Pickett1, Derek W Rees1, Rhys John1 and Atilla Turkes1 1 Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK; 2 WEQAS, Reference Laboratory, The Quadrant Centre, Cardiff Business Park, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5WF, UK; 3 Waters Corporation, MS Technologies Centre, A
  10. Happy to pay in advance for one when/if you get a pool of us that want a batch? Sorry you got stuck with some too.
  11. I tried to get one of the magnets. I wasn't fast enough I guess. If you get another batch of those, I'd bet interested!
  12. I think the biggest disservice doctors do is assume that each disease/condition is acting in a vacuum or that because you have one condition you can't possibly have another. It's like assuming you're brakes can't be bad on your car because you need new headlights. Or as I'm learning...that if one thing goes wrong in your emissions system there's a huge and expensive cascade effect through the entire system and fixing one problem can unmask another problem. I don't know the Medicare answer but I'd think since it's Federal there'd be some crossover? Anyone else with more knowledge that ca
  13. Phaeochromocytoma combined with subclinical Cushing's syndrome and pituitary microadenoma GF Yaylali, F Akin, M Bastemir, YT Yaylali, and A Ozden Clin Invest Med, January 1, 2008; 31(3): E176-81 Pamukkale University, School of Medicine, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, Denizli, Turkey. guzinf@gmail.com OBJECTIVES: Phaeochromocytoma (PHEO) occasionally associates with pathological lesions of the adrenal cortex. The coexistence of PHEO and pre-clinical Cushing's syndrome (PCS) of the same adrenal gland has rarely been reported. We report a case of PHEO and PCS origi
  14. I tried to find the complete article but wasn't able to access it. This is the abstract...(and based on what I read in the abstract I'm still looking for the punchline. Did I miss the big story in it?) Lower Growth Hormone and Higher Cortisol are Associated with Greater Visceral Adiposity, Intramyocellular Lipids and Insulin Resistance in Overweight Girls Madhusmita Misra1*, Miriam Bredella2, Patrika Tsai3, Nara Mendes3, Karen K. Miller3, and Anne Klibanski3 1 Pediatric Endocrine Unit, MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, United Sta
  15. Thanks! Yeah...I'm so tired of the if/then and multiple choice answers. I'd be okay with an essay answer at this point. It doesn't have to be A, B, C, or D...it could be all of the above or none of the above...or not even be in the book!
  16. Certainly good to see that options for people who are looking at no options are being explored. I'd have to think long and hard about the choice between a BLA and a medication that could potentially suppress hormone production if those were the only 2 options I was facing.
  17. Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome Caused by an FSH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma Odelia Cooper; Jordan L Geller; Shlomo Melmed Nat Clin Pract Endocrinol Metab. 2008;4(4):234-238. ?2008 Nature Publishing Group Posted 05/21/2008 Summary Background: A 40-year-old woman presented with galactorrhea and oligomenorrhea. She had a history of multiple ovarian cysts and pelvic pain. Investigations: Laboratory evaluation included measurements of the levels of estradiol, follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, prolactin, thyroid-stimulating hormone, free endogenous T4, the glycop
  18. Here's the official link from the news report NIH Launches Undiagnosed Diseases Program For Immediate Release Monday, May 19, 2008 Contact: Raymond MacDougall NHGRI 301-402-0911 Sara Byars NIH Clinical Center 301-496-2563 Kelli Marciel Office of the Director, Office of Rare Diseases 301-496-4819 NIH Launches Undiagnosed Diseases Program Clinical Researchers to Tackle the Most Puzzling Medical Cases The National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced a new clinical research program that will aim to provide answers to patients with mysterious conditions
  19. Not yet...and I would tend to agree with you. Would explain why our tumors are different among other things wouldn't it? (and I toot my scooter horn and taken no offense by it so don't worry )..and as a side note...had to bite my tongue not to laugh as my cell phone went off in the doctor's office today playing..."I'm only human."
  20. I hope it helps and that you get in by some sort of criteria. My husband is convinced they will find that there is some kind of genetic disease that causes all these mutations in my family some day...but it'll be too late for me because we have no idea what to even to look for at this point.
  21. Feds to Offer Free Health Care to People With Very Rare Diseases They're the cold cases of medicine, patients with diseases so rare and mysterious that they've eluded diagnosis for years. The National Institutes of Health is seeking those patients ? and ones who qualify could get some free care at the government's top research hospital as scientists study why they're sick. "These patients are to a certain extent abandoned by the medical profession because a brick wall has been hit," said Dr. William Gahl, who helped develop the NIH's new Undiagnosed Diseases Program. "We're trying
  22. I ran across this great cookie cutter while I was looking for a gift for a friend. It occurred to me that those that set up booths, etc might be interested in another way to bring the crowds over...or just to pass out at work on April 8th or whenever you feel the urge to share the message...anyway...this is really neat! cookie cutter
  23. Does a failure to normalize diurnal glucocorticoids negate the benefits of exercise training? Kevyn Mejia-Hernandez, Jon E. Campbell and Michael C. Riddell School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University, Toronto, Canada ABSTRACT Glucocorticoids (GCs) are released by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis in response to a variety of stressors. Although acute elevations of GCs are beneficial, prolonged exposure has significant and detrimental metabolic consequences, most notably seen in Cushing's syndrome. Here, we created an animal model of Cushing's syndrome a
  24. I saw that yesterday and have been digging around ever since trying to find the actual guidelines. I think they've got them under lock and key on an endo only website. Sigh...Glad to hear they've updated the guidelines though!
  25. The Role of Sex Steroids in Controlling Pubertal Growth R. J. Perry; C. Farquharson; S. F. Ahmed Clin Endocrinol. 2008;68(1):4-15. ?2008 Blackwell Publishing Posted 03/03/2008 Summary and Introduction Summary Longitudinal growth, which is primarily due to chondrocytic activity at the level of the epiphyseal growth plate, is influenced by many hormones and growth factors in an endocrine and paracrine manner. Their influence is even more complex during the accelerated growth period of puberty that accounts for about 20% of final adult height. Although abnormalities of growth dur
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