Sunday, December 23, 2012
FDA NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: Dec. 14, 2012
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
Cushing's disease is caused by over-production of cortisol, a hormone made by the adrenal glands. A tumor in the pituitary gland leads to overstimulation of the adrenal gland, which results in excess cortisol production. Cortisol regulates many important functions in the body, including response to stress and injury. Patients with Cushing's disease may have increased weight, glucose intolerance or diabetes, high blood pressure, easy bruising, and increased risk for infections.
"Although surgery tends to be first line therapy to treat Cushing's disease, Signifor is a new treatment option for patients when surgery hasn't worked or isn't an option," said Mary Parks, M.D., director of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
See http://www.signifor.us/index.jsp for more information.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Be sure to watch Lori's heartbreaking
and informative segments
on the Dr Oz show.
Thank you Dr Oz!
Out of Control Obesity:
One Woman's Struggle with
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
In September 2012, Dr. Oz from the Dr Oz Show joined my dear friend Lori and her amazing surgical team for her 4th (and ultimately 5th) brain surgery in Columbus, Ohio. Lori has been battling Cushing's for 20 years.
Please tune in to/ DVR this network television show this Thursday, December 20 to learn more about Cushing's. Check your local listings.
(Show lists the topics as sextuplets and Marlo Thomas/ cancer).
From the Dr Oz Show:
"Can you imagine gaining so much weight, despite a healthy lifestyle, that it would eventually lead you to die from obesity? It's a real illness, and it's called Cushing's Disease. Dr. Oz met Lori, a woman desperate to survive this devastating and rare condition, and he joined her in the operating room as she underwent the dangerous surgery that could end her life or improve it forever. Dr. Oz shares his journey and he introduces Dr. Daniel Prevedello from Ohio State University Medical Center who performed Lori's ground-breaking procedure."
I hope you will be able to watch. This is a big day in Cushie World.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Our friends in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia gathered to discuss the pituitary gland today.
Click here for more program details.
Images courtesy of Australian Pituitary Foundation.
All rights reserved.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
This new article from our friends in Italy is a comprehensive yet easy-to-read look at adrenal insufficiency. I find this information so valuable in understanding the mechanics of sufficient and timely cortisol replacement for Cushies post-op pituitary surgery or, for me, combined with nighttime ketaconazole as a medical therapy for persistent Cushing's disease. I applaud the authors for their wondrous graphs and tables highlighting the most important aspects of cortisol control. In particular, my heart sang when reading about the future of cortisol replacement section. Hope is on the way.
Therapy of adrenal insufficiency: an update
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