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Greeks Gone West: The Geneticist Helping To Treat 'Gigantism'

Constantine A. Stratakis - Greeks Gone West by HuffPost_Greece In the third episode of HuffPost Greece's video series 'Greeks Gone West,' we introduce Constantine A. Stratakis, M.D. D.Sc., a tenured investigator in the NICHD, who has been the head of the Section on Genetics and Endocrinology (SEGEN) since its inception in 1999. His work is focused on treating the rare condition of 'gigantism.' The research began with a family who came to the the U.S. National Institutes of Health for treatment for gigantism in the mid-1990s. In that family, the mother and two of her sons all had the condition. This is his story. Watch the first and second episodes of 'Greeks Gone West' here and here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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AbstractObjectiveTo determine aryl hydrocarbon interacting protein (AIP) gene variations andAIP and somatostatin receptor (SSTR) 1 –5 immunostaining in patients with apparently sporadic acromegaly with poor versus good response to somatostatin analogues (SRLs).MethodsA total of 94 patients (66 with poor and 28 with good response to SRLs) were screened for theAIP gene variations using Sanger sequencing. Immunostaining was performed in 60 tumors.ResultsSeveral variations, albeit some with undetermined significance, were detected, especially in poor responder patients. The prevalence ofAIP mutation was 2.1% in the whole...
Source: Pituitary - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
Conclusions A telomerase expression rate greater than 10% in the pituitary tumor tissue was associated with recurrence or progression of the PA, especially in the nonfunctioning cases.
Source: Revista Clinica Espanola - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
Conditions:   Acromegaly;   Growth Hormone Treatment;   Sleep Apnea;   Cardiovascular Diseases;   Bone Diseases Intervention:   Sponsor:   University of Aarhus Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
AbstractSurgery is the primary treatment for acromegaly. However, surgery may not be curative of some tumors, particularly invasive macroadenomas. Adjuvant radiation, specifically robotic stereotactic radiosurgery (rSRS), may improve the endocrine outcome. We retrospectively reviewed hormonal and radiological data of 22 acromegalic patients with invasive macroadenomas treated with rSRS at Stanford University Medical Center between 2000 and 2016. Prior to treatment, the tumor ’s median maximal diameter was 19 mm (2.5–50 mm). Cavernous sinus invasion occurred in 19 patients (86.3%) and compression of th...
Source: Journal of Neuro-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Acromegaly results from the hypersecretion of growth hormone. Because of the low incidence rates of this disease worldwide, few clinical trials evaluating drug treatments have been conducted.
Source: Value in Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tags: Systematic Review Source Type: research
This study aims to identify factors affecting the timing of remission and also to quantify the rate of late remission. This is a retrospective analysis of acromegaly patients who underwent SRS between 1988 and 2016. Early and late remissions were defined based on our prior median remission time of 29 months. The median imaging and endocrine follow-ups are 66 and 104.8 months, respectively. Multivariate analysis was conducted to analyze factors leading to late remission. A total number of 157 patients, of those 102 (64.9%) patients achieved remission. of those 102 patients, 62 patie nts (60.7%) had remission in le...
Source: Journal of Neuro-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe most important factors affecting gonadal functions, excluding central hypogonadism, are hyperprolactinemia and the duration of the indolent period before diagnosis of acromegaly. AMH levels in the majority of patients were found to be lower than the expected age. Despite the decreased ovarian reserve, fertilization and normal birth can be achieved with careful surveillance.
Source: Endocrine - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
ConclusionsPegV and SRLs had comparable effects on VF risk in acromegaly. The activity of disease was the main determinant of VFs independently of the drug used to control acromegaly.
Source: Pituitary - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: The rapid resolution of excessive GH led to the reversible changes of systemic comorbidities in a time-dependent and organ-specific manner. PMID: 29386229 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: European Journal of Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Authors: Tags: Eur J Endocrinol Source Type: research
SAN DIEGO, Jan. 30, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales &Marketing Network) -- Dauntless Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of specialty therapeutics announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FD... Biopharmaceuticals, FDA Dauntless Pharmaceuticals, acromegaly
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news
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