Andrea Lobo,  —

Andrea Lobo is a Science writer at BioNews. She holds a Biology degree and a PhD in Cell Biology/Neurosciences from the University of Coimbra-Portugal, where she studied stroke biology. She was a postdoctoral and senior researcher at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health in Porto, in drug addiction, studying neuronal plasticity induced by amphetamines. As a research scientist for 19 years, Andrea participated in academic projects in multiple research fields, from stroke, gene regulation, cancer, and rare diseases. She authored multiple research papers in peer-reviewed journals. She shifted towards a career in science writing and communication in 2022.

Articles by Andrea Lobo

Rare nasal tumor caused ectopic Cushing’s syndrome in man, 47

A rare type of nasal tumor, called olfactory neuroblastoma, caused ectopic Cushing’s syndrome in a 47-year-old man, as described in a recent case report. Surgical treatment led to a reduction of the patient’s blood cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels, which were elevated as a result of the tumor. “This…

Prompt diagnosis, treatment key to minimizing pregnancy problems

A timely diagnosis of Cushing’s syndrome during pregnancy, along with appropriate individualized treatment, is critical for minimizing complications for the mother and the child, according to a case series study that followed five pregnant women with Cushing’s caused by adrenal tumors at a hospital in China. “By implementing a multidisciplinary…

Man’s ectopic Cushing’s syndrome goes undiagnosed for years

A 40-year-old man who developed ectopic Cushing’s syndrome as a result of a lung tumor remained undiagnosed for years, despite showing Cushing’s symptoms and progressive physical and mental decline, a recent case study shows. Once he was diagnosed, surgery to remove the tumor resulted in his health improving substantially.

Rare case of woman with adrenal Cushing’s, acromegaly reported

The rare case of Cushing’s syndrome due to a cortisol-producing adrenal tumor and acromegaly that resulted from a growth-hormone-producing tumor in the pituitary gland was described in a recent report. Acromegaly occurs when the pituitary gland produces excessive amounts of growth hormone during adulthood, resulting in…

Case of exogenous Cushing’s tied to accidental use of glucocorticoid

A 66-year-old woman developed exogenous Cushing’s syndrome — when the disease is unintentionally caused by medications — after accidentally taking a glucocorticoid prescribed for her husband, according to a case report. Exogenous Cushing’s syndrome is the most common form of the condition, but usually is triggered by the use…

Doctors see Cushing’s symptoms as considerable, favor better therapies

A survey of U.S. doctors treating people with Cushing’s syndrome noted a considerable burden of symptoms, ranging from fatigue to muscle weakness, that weigh on patients’ life quality and personal finances, and a need for better treatments. These endocrinologists  — physicians who specialize in disorders affecting hormone-producing glands — also…