Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Woman’s Cushing’s Symptoms Ease After Thyroid Cancer Treatment

A woman developed Cushing’s syndrome following a medullary thyroid cancer that arose due to a mutation in a gene called RET, but her symptoms eased after starting Retsevmo (selpercatinib), a cancer medication, according to a report from France. The report, “Rapid and long-lasting response to selpercatinib of paraneoplastic Cushing’s…

Drug Interaction Results in Cushing’s Syndrome in HIV Patient

A man with a known history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and asthma developed Cushing’s syndrome after taking Tybost (cobicistat) together with fluticasone, according to a report from Spain. Tybost is a antiretroviral medicine booster, while fluticasone is a corticosteroid. The condition occurred because Tybost slows down how fast…

MicroRNA Signature Linked to Rare Cause of Cushing’s

There are sets of microRNAs that may be used as markers for inherited or newly arising primary macronodular adrenal hyperplasia (PMAH), a rare cause of Cushing’s syndrome, a small study found. According to researchers, these microRNAs — short RNA molecules that help control the activity of certain genes — also…

Fast-progressing Case Highlights Need for Good Management

The case of an elderly woman who may have developed Cushing’s syndrome due to a hormone-producing lump in her lungs highlights the need for a timely and “multidisciplinary approach in [the] diagnosis and management” of hypercortisolism disorders, according to a new report. This patient’s signs and symptoms progressed…