Thursday, January 06, 2005

Rehnquist Returns to Work / Glaucoma : thyroid Link?

I am very surprised that the Justice has returned to work part time, after missing 25 court arguments since October 22,2004.
However, he is very tough, and if anyone can keep going it is the Chief Justice.

University of Alabama researchers studied 600 men with glaucoma, and compared them to 6000 men without glaucoma.
They were all older than 50.The incidence of hypothyroidism was significantly higher in the glaucoma group. Further studies are needed to better understand the possible link. Because women are 5 times more likely to get glaucoma than men studies need to be done in women. This study is not enough to say there really is a link, but does demand further study.
Christopher Girkin M.D.
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