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Thyroid disease Continued from page 33 Weight gain is modest and largely due to the accumulation of fluid. Patient can become forgetful and show evidence of decreased thinking ability with gradual changes in personality. Heart can enlarge. Constipation. Numbness of hands and feet due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Reflexes are slow. Women may have heavy men- Alzheimer's Continued from page 33 What remains unknown is the mechanisms by which estrogen works in the brain, and exactly how it benefits nerve cells. Clini- cal trials are underway to test es- trogen for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association is the only national voluntary health organization dedicated to con- quering Alzheimer's disease through research and providing support and assistance to people with the disease and their care- givers. Having awarded more than $58 million in research grants, the association is the largest private funder of Alzheimer research. The association's Delaware chapter serves more than 12,000 people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers with pro- grams, including ongoing educa- tion programs, 17 support groups statewide, a respite care financial struation. Low body temperature. Anemia. Very rarely, there are in- stances of severe hypothyroidism that can result in seizures and res- piratory depression caused by de- creased blood flow to the brain. If the hypothyroidism becomes severe, patients can become psy- chotic. Rapid diagnosis is impor- tant because early death is likely. Laboratory evaluation is rapid and diagnostic. The most impor- tant screening test is the serum TSH. It is the most simple and assistance program, professional and caregiver conferences, critical need workshops, a book/audio/ video lending library, professional speakers bureau, referral to com- munity services and crisis inter- vention and support. For more information about Alzheimer research and programs, call the Alzheimer's Association, Delaware chapter, at 302-656- 2676 or 800-219-7666. Beebe to host planned giving seminar May 19 Beebe Medical Foundation will present a free, planned-giving seminar, "Gifts That Give Back," on Tuesday, May 19, at noon and 5 p.m., at the foundation office, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes. Lynn Cecil, C.L.U., Ch.F.C., A.E.P., from Rockwell Associates sensitive test for diagnosis of thy- roid disorder. TSH is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland to make thyroid hormone. The secretion of TSH is depen- dent on the level of thyroid hor- mone in the blood through a nega- tive feedback system, which sig- nals the pituitary gland to either make more or less TSH. Why is it important that individ- uals, especially the elderly, be monitored for abnormalities in thyroid, function? The metabolic effects of thyroid hormone are myriad. Not only in Wilmington, and George B. Smith, attorney-at-law and C.P.A. from Georgetown, will facilitate the one-hour seminars, which are open to the public. A light lunch will be served at noon; refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. For more information and to register, call the Beebe Medical Foundation at 644-2900. MS support group to meet May 6 The self-help support group for patients with multiple sclerosis and their families and friends will meet on Wednesday, May 6, in Beebe Medical Center's cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Lau- ra Morris 645-1844, Monday through Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. C.J]g 43AZlUFl, Friday, llay. 35- does the thyroid hormone affect the metabolic state of various or- gans in the body but abnormalities in the level will also affect a per- son's ability to control their cho- lesterol level. It will affect their degree of car- diac risk and may have a dramatic effect on the skeletal system in a hyperthyroid condition. These days, thyroid function profiles should be part of a per- son's health profile when they go in for their physical exam. Because some of the signs and symptoms can be so gradual in on- set, people tend to discount or dis- regard them. The simple screening test for TSH and thyroid hormone may help to diagnose a particular con- dition. Just as you know your cho- lesterol level, current blood pres- sure or PSA (for men), ask your doctor about your TSH. Treatment regimens for either hyperthyroidism or hypothy- roidism are straightforward and therapeutic. Your primary care physician or endocrine specialist can answer any questions you may have. Introducing DigiFocus, the first 100% digital hearing aid. Now the digital tech- nology that made CDs possible is available in an advanced hearing instru- ment. 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