Alejandra has a PhD in Genetics from São Paulo State University (UNESP) and is currently working as a scientific writer, editor, and translator. As a writer for BioNews, she is fulfilling her passion for making scientific data easily available and understandable to the general public. Aside from her work with BioNews, she also works as a language editor for non-English speaking authors and is an author of science books for kids.
High doses of radiation therapy delivered over two-to-five sessions offer results similar to that of radiation given in a single high-dose session for Cushing’s disease patients whose cortisol levels remain high after ... Read more
Having Cushing’s disease can increase a person’s risk of infectious disease complications like tuberculous meningitis — when the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis affects the central nervous system — a ... Read more
Fluconazole — a treatment for fungal infections that can lower cortisol levels — could be a potential therapy for severe Cushing’s syndrome caused by ACTH-secreting tumors located outside the ... Read more
Cushing’s syndrome can cause blood clots, which might interfere with the pinpointing of ACTH-producing tumors in uncommon places such as the lungs, a case report suggests. The study, “Pulmonary ... Read more
The oral chemotherapy temozolomide might be an effective treatment for Cushing’s disease caused by aggressive tumors in the pituitary gland that continue to grow after surgery and taking other ... Read more
In some rare cases, Cushing’s disease patients have a benign pituitary tumor that produces several pituitary hormones in excess, rather than just the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). When these tumors also ... Read more
Metoclopramide, a gastrointestinal medicine, can increase cortisol levels after unilateral adrenalectomy — the surgical removal of one adrenal gland — and conceal adrenal insufficiency in bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia ... Read more