José is a science news writer with a PhD in Neuroscience from Universidade of Porto, in Portugal. He has also studied Biochemistry at Universidade do Porto and was a postdoctoral associate at Weill Cornell Medicine, in New York, and at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. His work has ranged from the association of central cardiovascular and pain control to the neurobiological basis of hypertension, and the molecular pathways driving Alzheimer’s disease.
A patient’s age, urinary-free cortisol (UFC) level, fasting glucose — a measure of insulin resistance — body mass index (BMI), and the number of comorbidities at diagnosis for Cushing’s syndrome predicted ... Read more
Transsphenoidal surgery — a minimally invasive surgery for removing pituitary tumors in Cushing’s disease patients — is also effective in children and adolescents with the condition, leading to remission with a ... Read more
A man with Cushing’s disease — caused by an adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH)-secreting pituitary adenoma — who later developed metastases in the central nervous system without Cushing’s recurrence, was successfully ... Read more
Patients with Cushing’s syndrome showed less abdominal fat and increased muscle mass, as well as reduced use of medications one year after having their adrenal glands removed, according to a new ... Read more
Higher levels of sex corticosteroid hormones — such as testosterone — and an enzyme called lactate dehydrogenase may predict malignancies of adrenal masses in children, according to a study. Findings ... Read more
Pre-surgery treatment of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-independent Cushing’s syndrome with Metopirone (metyrapone) leads to effective and safe improvement of hormonal levels and clinical parameters, according to a new pilot study. The research, ... Read more
A noninvasive and inexpensive technique could help improve the clinical assessment of bone damage in Cushing’s syndrome patients, a French study reports. The approach, called trabecular bone score, was better ... Read more