Understanding Thyroid Cancer


My MedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter: Statins and Managing Cholesterol, Thyroid Cancer, Lyme Disease, Hormones, Antidepressants

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My MedlinePlus

January 15, 2020

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Statins and Managing Cholesterol

Statins are drugs used to lower cholesterol. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly. But if you have too much in your blood, it can stick to the walls of your arteries and narrow or even block them. Diet and exercise can help manage cholesterol. However, if diet and exercise don’t reduce your cholesterol levels, you may need to take cholesterol medicine. Often, this medicine is a statin. Learn how statins work.

Understanding Thyroid Cancer

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, just above your collarbone. It makes hormones that help the body work normally. There are several types of cancer of the thyroid gland and treatment depends on the type of cancer you have and how far the cancer has spread. Find information about the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick. The first symptom is usually a red rash, which may look like a bull’s eye. But not all people have a rash. Learn the symptoms, treatment, and how it can be prevented.

Hormones: a Delicate Balance

Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers and are made by endocrine glands. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect body processes from head to toe. Find out why too much or too little of a certain hormone can be a serious health problem.

Are Antidepressants Right For You?

Antidepressants are medicines that treat depression and are prescribed by a doctor. They work to balance some of the natural chemicals in our brains and it may take several weeks for them to help. There are several types of antidepressants. You and your doctor may have to try a few before finding what works best for you. Learn more about antidepressants and how they can help.

Turkey Salad

This delicious turkey salad makes a hearty sandwich filling or try serving it with lettuce and tomato wedges.