Thyroid disease, dementia . . . and other storiesBMJ 2022; 378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2126 (Published 08 September 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o2126
Thyroid disease and risk of dementia
Thyroid disorders, particularly if they require hormone replacement, carry a substantially increased risk of a subsequent diagnosis of dementia, according to a large case-control study from Taiwan. Unfortunately, the insurance claims database on which the study depended contained no information about severity of thyroid disease or laboratory data, such as TSH levels (Neurology doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000200740).
Pruritus and malignancy
Although pruritus is common in patients with haematological cancers, it isn’t clear that malignancy is common in people with pruritus. A retrospective database study from a multinational research network finds that, in the first year after presentation, people with pruritus were more likely to be diagnosed with Hodgkin’s …