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Vitamin D May Reduce Rate of Hypoparathyroidism After Thyroid Surgery

Vitamin D supplementation before total thyroid removal may reduce the frequency of permanent hypoparathyroidism after surgery, a clinical study suggests. However, as the difference compared with placebo was not statistically significant, future studies with more patients, more regular follow-ups, and biochemical results are needed to better understand this interaction,…

Rare Disease Day at NIH, Set for March 1, Growing Year by Year

Rare Disease Day at NIH, organized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and taking place on March 1, will feature panel discussions, patient stories, research updates, TED-style talks, and a presentation by a Nobel laureate recently recognized for her work on a gene editing tool. The free, virtual…

Low Calcium May Cause Stridor Following Thyroid Surgery

Low calcium should be considered as a cause for stridor — a harsh vibrating sound made while breathing — in patients who recently had their thyroid removed. Preserving blood supply to the thyroid’s neighboring parathyroid glands after thyroid removal surgery, called a thyroidectomy, can prevent cases of postoperative hypoparathyroidism,…

Pandemic Won’t Stop Rare Disease Day on Feb. 28

Scores of virtual events are afoot around the world to mark Rare Disease Day 2021 on Feb. 28. The activities are focused on heightening awareness about rare diseases and the hundreds of millions of individuals they are thought to affect. Patients, caregivers, and advocates worldwide will sport denim ribbons…

NORD’s 6th ‘State Report Card’ Notes Progress, Raises Concerns

While progress was made last year on newborn screening and other policy issues critical to rare disease patients, a “State Report Card” argues that many concerns — notably out-of-pocket costs for prescription medicines and access to affordable comprehensive care — still need attention. Those were the findings of the…

Persistent Hypoparathyroidism May Merit APS-1 Diagnosis

The presence of persistent hypoparathyroidism should prompt physicians to consider a possible diagnosis of autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 1 (APS-1), a rare genetic disorder, even in the absence of other typical symptoms, according to a case report. The study, “Hypoparathyroidism as the single major component for decades…