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Short Boys Three Times More Likely to Get Growth Hormone: Study

Posted 16 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 16, 2015 – Short boys are much more likely than short girls to receive growth hormones, a new study finds. Researchers examined the medical records of more than 283,000 children and teens in the United States and found that short boys were up to three times more likely than short girls to receive recombinant human growth hormone treatment. Specifically, males accounted for 74 percent of patients who received the hormone to treat idiopathic short stature – shortness due to an unknown cause. Among patients who received the hormone for any diagnoses, 66 percent were male. The biggest gender differences in treatment occurred around puberty, when less time remains to correct poor growth in children, the researchers noted. The findings were published online June 9 in the journal Scientific Reports. "Growth is an important sign of child health, so growth failure merits equal ... Read more

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Slowed Growth Could Signal Crohn's Disease in Kids

Posted 18 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – A lag in growth could be a sign that a child might suffer from undiagnosed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), especially Crohn's disease, one pediatric doctor says. "Growth charts are one of the most important things we look at with children because sometimes a slower growth rate is the only sign of IBD, especially with Crohn's disease," Dr. Marc Schaefer, a pediatric gastroenterologist, said in a Penn State University news release. Other symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease in children include not wanting to eat, persistent stomach pains, and diarrhea or bloody stools, said Schaefer, who works at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, Pa. Children with these symptoms should be evaluated, he suggested. Blood tests and endoscopy are also used to diagnose and to distinguish Crohn's from ulcerative colitis, another type of inflammatory bowel ... Read more

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Children Prescribed Growth Hormone May Face Stroke Risk Later: Study

Posted 13 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – Children who are prescribed human growth hormone may be at greater risk of a stroke in early adulthood than their peers are, a new study suggests. While the study raises important questions about the safety of human growth hormone treatments, the study's French researchers encouraged parents to discuss the pros and cons of treatment with their child's physician. "For children and adolescents currently on growth hormone treatment, the treatment should not be stopped, but the doctor prescribing the treatment should be consulted," said study author Dr. Joel Coste, head of the biostatistics and epidemiology unit at Hotel Dieu at the University of Paris. One expert agreed that the finding should give parents pause. "The study represents a kind of yellow light that should make people stop and think about [the potential risks]," said Dr. Rebecca Ichord, director of ... Read more

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