Pituitary Q & A
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Optometrist Spots Signs of Pituitary Tumor; Patient Gets Emergency Surgery
Nonmedical professionals like jewelers, shoe salespersons and optometrists can make a big impact in a patient’s life – by spotting signs of pituitary disease. An article in Insight News tells the story of an extra vigilant optometrist who spotted a red flag, and may have saved a woman’s life. Read more:
An article in Cushing’s Disease News looks at a case study about a man who lost weight on a low carb ketogenic diet, which lessened his symptoms of what turned out to be Cushing’s Disease, but in doing so may have delayed his diagnosis. Read more:
TV Actor Recounts Battle With Pituitary Dwarfism
Actor Max Casella, who has co-starred in shows like “Doogie Howser, MD”,“The Sopranos”, “Boardwalk Empire” and “Tulsa King” talks about growing up with pituitary dwarfism in an article on PageSix.com. He underwent hormone therapy in his twenties to finally jumpstart puberty. Read more:
Can ‘Mini Pituitary Tumors’ Help Improve Treatments?
The website chof360.com looks at A study in the journal Cells looks at efforts by researchers to develop organoids, or organelles – basically cell structures grown in a lab using cells from pituitary surgeries. The study says these mini pituitary tumors mimic the structure of an adenoma, and thus may be useful in developing targeted therapies for Cushing’s patients. Read more:
Myths about Low Testosterone
An article from the Cleveland Clinic knocks down myths about low testosterone and the role of masturbation, vasectomy, soy, smoking and more.
Summer Camp Inspires Hope in Children with Pituitary Tumor, Cancer
An article in the Times of New Zealand explores a summer camp that specializes in campers with cancer, a pituitary tumor, or other medical conditions. Read more: https://www.times.co.nz/news/camp-quality-inspiring-for-kids/
Rare Case of Woman Who Developed Hypophysitis After Covid-19 Vaccine
An article in new-medical.net looks at the case of a woman with central diabetes who received the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and three days later developed hypophysitis caused by pituitary stalk thickening. Read more:
Pituitary Journey: Doctors Discover Pituitary Tumor after Woman Goes Up 7 Bra Sizes
An article in the Liverpool Echo tells the story of Linda Ellis, who went in requesting breast reduction surgery and discovered she had a pituitary tumor. Read more: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/mums-life-at-risk-after-25187097
Can Yoga Help with PCOS?
An article in Indian Express explores the role of yoga in helping treat PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). Read more here:
COVID Vaccine and Menstruation
An article in SHAPE looks at a new study from the National Institutes of Health about the link between the COVID vaccine and duration of menstrual cycles. Read more here:
Mental Health and Your Hormones
A new article looks at the role of hormones in human mental health. Read more:
New Scoring System Predicts Surgery Outcome for Giant Pituitary Adenoma
An article in Cureus.com discusses a new scoring system called AGPA developed by researchers at Aga Khan University in Pakistan to predict the outcome of surgery for giant pituitary adenoma. Read more:
Cushing’s Disease Linked to Ocular Hypertension
An article in Docwirenews looks at a study that found that Cushing’s patients are at higher risk of ocular hypertension. Read more:
Mother Fights to Get School Staff Trained on Pituitary Injections
A mother in the U-K is working to get training for staff at her daughter’s school, so they can give her an emergency injection. The girl suffers from panhypopituitarism and may require a hydrocortisone injection in an emergency situation. But the school will not authorize it staff to administer an intramuscular injection without proper training. Liability issues are at the heart of the matter. Now the mother is petitioning the government to step in. Read more:
Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance
An article in Health Digest gives an exhaustive rundown of all the possible signs of a hormonal imbalance, including unusual body odor. Read more:
Cushing’s and Job Stress: A Personal Story
Paris Dancy’s latest column in Cushing’s Disease News follows his career struggles as he battled Cushing’s. Read more:
A Mother Uses Positive Affirmation Chants to Help Daughter with Pituitary Issues
A story on the Upworthy website tells the story of a mother who chants positive affirmation to her young daughter, who is blind and has an underdeveloped pituitary. Read more:
Patient story: Teen Excels in School Despite Pituitary Tumor
A story in the Derbyshire Times follows the case of a teen girl there named Deeti Wren, who underwent surgery for a pituitary brain tumor, and carried on with her studies anyway, managing to take her GSCE’s despite the health troubles. Read more:
FSH, Obesity, and Breast Cancer
Researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Arizona are studying the role of Follicle-Stimulating Hormone (FSH) in obesity. Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer, so they are looking for a through-line from obesity to excess FSH to breast cancer. Read more:
Chinese Cancer Researchers Study Pituitary Hormone Receptors
The Journal Science reports that researchers with the University of Science and Technology of China “have made a breakthrough in the treatment of cancer through immunotherapy, identifying a particular hormone receptor as a potential target for the treatment.” The receptor promotes tumor growth. It is called MC5R and works with the pituitary hormone α-MSH which is produced by the pituitary gland. Read More:
Son Grows Hair, Makes a Wig for Mom with Pituitary Tumor
The Today Show’s website has the story of a man in Arizona who grew out his hair for two years in order to make a wig for his mother, who suffers from a recurring pituitary tumor. Read more:
Caption: Melanie and Matt Shaha (Courtesy Shaha family.)
Study: Signifor Reduces Tumors in Cushings
An article in Cushing’s Disease News looks at research that found that SignifActor With Acromegaly Passes Away In Los Angelesor reduced tumor size in 40% of Cushing’s patients in the study, but most of them had already had surgery. Read more:
Symptoms of a Brain Tumor
An article in VeryWellHealth lists the common signs of a brain tumor: “vomiting, seizures, balance problems, dizziness, personality changes, loss of consciousness, and more.”
Well-Known Egyptian Acromegalic Dies at Age 27
The PNA sends its condolences to the family of Huda Abdel-Gawad, a 27-year-old acromegalic who passed away recently from kidney failure. Abdel-Gawad had come to be known as Egypt’s tallest woman. Read more:
Actor With Acromegaly Passes Away In Los Angeles
Character actor Irwin Keyes passed away recently at age 63 from complications of acromegaly. He was known for his roles in “House of 1000 Corpses”, “The Jeffersons” and “Intolerable Cruelty”.
Caption: Actor and acromegalic Irwin Keyes. (Wikimedia Commons)
Patient Story: Shifting Bite Leads to Diagnosis of Acromegaly A story in the New York Times tells the story of a woman who kept having problems with her bite. The dentist filed her teeth but sent her for and MRI when the jaw shifted again. That’s when a technician saw...
Scott Hamilton Bikes 444 miles for Cancer Research A longtime friend of the PNA, Olympic ice skater Scott Hamilton, recently finished a 444-mile bike ride to raise money for glioblastoma cancer research. Hamilton overcame a pituitary tumor and testicular cancer. The...
Pituitary Journey: Cushing's Disease Today.com published a feature about a Georgia woman’s fight to for a diagnosis of Cushing’s disease. The article also quotes PNA member Dr. Nelson Oyesiku, who performed her surgery. Read more: Pituitary Failure and COVID An...
Endrocrine System Disrupted by COVID-19 An article in Medscape shows that ACE-2 receptors in endocrine glands are a gateway to the cells for COVID-19, particularly affecting patients with diabetes. Read more: Promising Treatments for Cushing's Two articles in...
Pituitary Story: Getting Your Life Back After Cushing’s Disease A 23-year-old Florida college student underwent surgery for Cushing’s Disease. Read more: Pituitary Hormone Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease A study in the Journal Nature finds that blocking the FSH hormone...
Ohio State Opens New Cancer Trials Dozens of new cancer trials are now open at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). If you would like more information or are interested in...
Pituitary Story: Surgery Delayed Years by COVID, Staffing Shortages A Canadian woman, diagnosed with a prolactinoma two years ago, is still waiting for surgery, which has been delayed by COVID and by a shortage of workers in the medical field. Read more: Researchers...
British Comedy Series Features a Pituitary Tumor Nicknamed “Britney” A new BBC comedy tv series called “Britney” tells the story of a young woman’s battle with a prolactinoma. Actress and writer Charly Clive and her co-writer Ellen Robertson play versions of...
Study: Tumor Subtype Does Not Predict Remission in Acromegaly A study from Iran looked at remission rates in acromegaly patients with three subtypes of pituitary adenomas (densely granulated, sparsely granulated and dual staining) and found no major predictive role in...
Pituitary Tumors Clinical Relevance of New World Health Organization Classification System for Pituitary Adenomas: A Validation Study With 2-Year Experience. Solid tumor size for prediction of recurrence in large and giant non-functioning pituitary adenomas....
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