Dr. Jack Merendino, MD

Bio

Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, The George Washington Univesity School of Medicine. Chairman, Endocrine Section, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Location:

  • Bethesda, MD

Activity

  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which there is too much thyroid hormone circulating in the blood stream. Symptoms include a rapid heart beat, tremor, feeling hot, frequent bowel movements or diarrhea, oily skin or hair and weight loss. A relatively common and serious complication is atrial fibr...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who love sugary sodas and flavored milk may have a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, regardless of their body weight, a large new study finds.

    The good news, the researchers said, is that swapping just one of those drinks each day -- f...Full Article

  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    Hyperthyroidism, meaning an overactive thyroid, can cause various problems. One of the most serious is atrial fibrillation. This is a form of heart rhythm disturbance in which the upper chambers of the heart, the atria, do not pump effectively. In atrial fibrillation, the heart beats irregularly...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive management of type 1 diabetes can reduce the risk of having a diabetes-related eye surgery by nearly 50 percent, according to a new report.

    But even for people who couldn't meet the very stringent blood sugar targets set for the stu...Full Article

  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    If someone is stung by a jellyfish, they should follow these steps. Do not immerse the wound in cool freshwater or rub vigorously --  both could cause the cysts to fire and cause more pain.
    1. Remove the tentacles -- try brushing off with an object (such as a credit card) combined with shaving cream.
    ...Read More
  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    Hypothyroidism leads to elevated liver enzymes only very rarely. Elevated liver enzymes are much more commonly the result of hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. Even in the case of hyperthyroidism, elevated liver enzymes occur only in the minority of cases. Restoring thyroid function to normal...Read More
  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has released guidelines on how to keep your child safest in your car. Various states have different laws about child size and necessary restraint, so I like to rely on the AAP guidelines for maximum safety. If you're ever in doubt about whether your car seat is installed...Read More
  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    Hyperthyroidism -- a condition in which there is too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream -- is always a serious condition in the sense that is cannot be ignored, but like most conditions the severity ranges from mild to quite severe, and treatment will vary in proportion. Very mild cases, with only slightly...Read More
  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    Many of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism in children are similar to those in adults, including a rapid heart rate and jitteriness. However, children often to do not perceive these problems or complain of them. Often the main manifestations of hyperthyroidism in children relate to body weight and linear...Read More
  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    What to do depends on what your child swallowed. If they swallowed a small plastic toy and do not seem to be at all bothered by it, you can first call your pediatrician and ask if they'd rather you make an appointment with them or go to the emergency room. However, if your child swallowed anything sharp, pote...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite evidence that has suggested the diabetes drug metformin might have potential as a cancer fighter, a new study finds the medication didn't help patients with a type of pancreatic cancer.

    Patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma who ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatric Endocrinology:

    TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a small, preliminary study, high-dose insulin capsules safely induced what appears to be a protective immune response in children at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes.

    If these findings hold true in larger studies done over longer per...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of American children and teens with type 1 diabetes are experiencing a life-threatening complication at the time of their diagnosis, a new study finds.

    Researchers say a lack of insurance may mean some children are getting diagn...Full Article

  • Jack Merendino, MD - Bethesda, MD - Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism
    Jack Merendino, MD answered:
    The effect of external radiation on thyroid function depends on the dose of radiation. In the case of severe radiation exposure -- such as external beam radiation therapy for Hodgkin’s disease or other tumors affecting the upper chest, head and neck -- the amount of radiation delivered may be lethal...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a discovery that could eventually shed light on some diseases that plague modern society, a tribe in a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Venezuela appears to have the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria ever found.

    The study suggests ...Full Article