Further Reading

Thyroid Information and Research
Book Formats
How to Read a Research Study

Thyroid Information and Research

ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.
A primary source for education, information and free publications.

American Thyroid Association
A main source for information, publications, newsletters and ATA Guidelines.

Mary Ann Liebert – Thyroid
Publisher of Thyroid — the Journal of the American Thyroid Association.
Mixed paid and open access research content. Free access to ATA Guidelines.

Most of the world’s biomedical literature from Medline, science journals, and online books is indexed here. Mixed paid and open access content. Free Medline or PubMed registration suggested for advanced features.

Lab Tests Online 
Lab test information from AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to healthcare
Unfortunately, this site has transitioned to being just another commercial enterprise selling home finger prick tests. The best technical test information currently available is from LabCorp (see below).

Searchable Lab Test Menu with information on tests, reference ranges, sample reports. Associated technical papers.

Searchable medical database from the National Library of Medicine.
Detailed information on active and inactive ingredients and more.

Drugbank Online
Searchable drug database from the Wishart Research Group at the
University of Alberta, Edmonton, CA

Thyroid Patients Canada
Science-based peer education and support, research reviews.

Thyroid UK
“Providing information and resources to promote effective diagnosis and appropriate treatment for people with thyroid disorders in the UK”

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Newsletters and Articles

Articles and Newsletters from Medical Schools, Major Medical and Cancer Centers, Universities and Government sites tend to provide reliable information. If an article is not an “original” paper by a clinician they generally will cite sources.

There are a multitude of health related “news” sources. News sources may be sensationalized and may tend to be the opinion of the author of the article rather than a neutral discussion of the study or topic. It is recommended that any article referring to new or updated information should include information about the primary source and that the reader should review that primary source if it is available.  If not directly linked you should be able to copy and search on the source’s title to find the original study or article.
Questionable articles may provide links to other unverifiable sources, or encourage the purchase of products or services.

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Book Formats

Rethinking Hypothytroidism
Why Treatment Must Change and What Patients Can Do
Antonio C. Bianco, MD
Dr. Bianco’s book belongs in the library of every Thyroid Cancer Survivor and every physician they encounter in their journey. 

General endocrinology open access chapters.  Authors from global endocrine specialities. In depth, technical.

Same parent publisher as EndoText, specific to Thyroid.
Open access, requires a free registration. In depth, technical. May be overwhelmingly extensive; some older information may be out of date.

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Linus Pauling Institute
Comprehensive nutritional information. Webinars, newsletter, micronutrient guides.

MSKCC About Herbs
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s app for desktop or mobile. Includes clinical information and research links.

USDA FoodData Central
Find what’s in your food. Contains the original data bases most commonly used by other sites.

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How to Read a Research Study

If you’re not familiar with reading research articles you’ll find they often contain a lot of terms and abbreviations which make it easy to get lost.  There are a few things you can do to make reading these a more enjoyable and worthwhile expenditure of your time. 

  1. Look at the title – is it related to what you’re looking for?
  2. Read the abstract. This may be a simple paragraph or a more complete outline of the study. The abstract is often all that you need or may be all that is available. 
  3. Still interested?  Jump down to the “discussion” and/or “conclusion” sections. This is where you decide if you want to invest more time in understanding the study.
  4. Go back to the abstract. The first time a term is abbreviated to an acronym, the acronym will appear in parenthesis. Quickly scan for acronyms and jot them down on a notepad, along with the full term. That way you don’t have to keep going back to find what an acronym means. Example: thyroid stimulating hormone {TSH). Sometimes the same acronym is used with a designator” — a number or letter to indicate a specific situation or condition so include and “extras”.  (aTSH) (bTSH). 
  5. Unless you are really into statistics, the statistical information is there mainly to support the discussion and conclusion — it’s not necessary to understand all the numbers and scattergrams.  But do look for tables and charts that clearly show what was looked at.  Clicking on a table, chart or diagram often opens it in a new window for a clearer, more complete view.
  6. Draw your own conclusions based on what you’ve read and understood. Most of us have a personal bias or goal when reviewing a study which can affect how we interpret the study’s conclusions. 
  7. Different types of studies may have greater or lesser validity.  There can be circular validation where an original study is cited by others, which in turn are cited by others.  If the original premise was incorrect then the subsequent studies which relied on its findings may be equally incorrect even though the large number of citations seems to validate the original.
  8. Always remain skeptical. https://academic.oup.com/jhmas/article/63/2/139/772615
  9. Discuss your interpretations and conclusions with others. See item 6.
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