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TSH Testing Raises Awareness of Importance of Thyroid Health
Date:8/5/2009

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A new effort to examine the link between nuclear reactors and thyroid disease near NYC was made at Croton on Hudson, during this year's Clearwater Festival. The festival is held just downstream from Indian Point, the oldest operating nuclear reactor in the U.S. In keeping with Clearwater's commitment to a clean environment, it stepped up by permitting testing for elevated Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), the first clinical indicator of hypothyroidism, the most common disease of the thyroid.

"There are no standard testing programs for thyroid health in the U.S. even though the rate of thyroid cancer has nearly tripled since 1980," said Joseph Mangano, MPH, MBA, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project, sponsors of the testing program. "In the four counties neighboring Indian Point, thyroid cancer is 70% above the U.S. rate and newborn hypothyroidism, a cause of mental retardation, is 90% greater than the U.S. rate."

"The purpose of TSH testing at a location 35 miles from midtown Manhattan was to raise public awareness of the importance of the thyroid gland," said Mangano. "In some EU countries, the level of nutrients appropriate for a functioning thyroid is stamped on bread wrappers. Here, few have any idea of where the thyroid is and what the thyroid does, how radiation may affect it, and what a health risk a damaged thyroid can be."

"The National Cancer Institute is looking at Iodine 131, the most probable cause of thyroid damage produced by a nuclear malfunction," said Mangano. "The study is taking place right now in Belarus. We have known for a long time that gamma rays and X-rays affect the thyroid but no one has really studied the effects of Iodine 131."

"No single blood test can determine thyroid cancer but a TSH test may be used to evaluate the thyroid's activity and test for hypothyroidism, a disease that affects almost 30 million Americans. If this common form of thyroid disease is not detected and treated, it may lead to cardiac disease, reproductive issues, poor pregnancy outcomes, mental health concerns, obesity and a variety of autoimmune diseases, including diabetes," said Mangano.

Testing for elevated TSH was provided through ThyroChek(R), an FDA-regulated rapid finger stick test that is used in physicians' office labs across the U.S.

    For more information, contact:

    Joe Mangano, Executive Director, Radiation and Public Health Project
    odiejoe@aol.com
    609-399-4343
   http://www.radiation.org

    Sharon Cunningham, President, Screening Devices Canada, Inc.
    scunningham@sdcanada.com
    647-477-5672
   http://www.thyrochek.com

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