This week: thyroid cancers, postpartum psychosis and more

May 11, 2016

Experts are re-examining whether to consider some slow-growing abnormalities of the thyroid gland as chronic diseases to monitor, rather than as cancers to remove immediately, says Dr. Scott Albert, division chief of breast, endocrine and plastic surgery at Upstate Medical University.

Albert also explains the thyroid’s functions, the uses of scans, biopsies and radioactive iodine; and how the vast majority of thyroid cancer patients do well after treatment, which generally involves surgical removal of the gland.

Also on this week’s show: household drugs of abuse, like fluorinated hydrocarbons and loperamide; and postpartum psychosis.