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It's Confirmed: You Have Parents to Thank (or Blame) for Your Height

Posted 6 Oct 2014 by

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 – New research confirms that you have your parents to thank for how tall or short you are. The finding doubles the number of gene regions that influence height. That means there are now 424 gene regions, with 697 common genetic variants, that play a role in stature. That's the largest number to date linked with any one trait or disease, the researchers said. The effort to find more genes linked to height was massive: hundreds of investigators analyzed genetic data from more than 250,000 people worldwide to pinpoint these new regions. "Height is almost completely determined by genetics, but our earlier studies were only able to explain about 10 percent of this genetic influence," study co-senior investigator Dr. Joel Hirschhorn, of Boston Children's Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said in a hospital news release. "Now, by doubling the number of ... Read more

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Should Short Boys Take Growth Hormone?

Posted 27 Mar 2013 by

WEDNESDAY, March 27 – Parents often worry when their child, especially a son, is much shorter than average. But as long as there is no medical cause, parents can rest easy, experts say. Writing in the March 28 New England Journal of Medicine, two pediatric endocrinologists describe a scenario pediatricians see all the time: Parents bring in their 11-year-old son because he's substantially shorter than his classmates, and his growth seems to have slowed in recent years. Their concern is reasonable, said Dr. David Allen, co-author of the article and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. In the vignette, Allen and Dr. Leona Cuttler describe a boy whose height was in the third percentile at age 9 years. (That means he was shorter than 97 percent of boys his age.) But his growth rate slowed further, so that he is now in the ... Read more

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Primary Care Docs Often Overlook Short Stature in Girls

Posted 26 Mar 2011 by

FRIDAY, March 25 – Short girls are less likely than short boys to be referred for tests that could reveal underlying medical reasons for their stature, researchers have found. This means that girls with medical conditions causing their short stature may go undiagnosed or be diagnosed at a later age, which could prevent them from receiving timely treatment, according to the report from investigators at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The research team analyzed the medical records of 33,476 children, aged 6 months to 20 years, who visited four primary care centers in Philadelphia. Of those children, 3,007 had growth faltering, defined as being in the lowest 5 percent of height for age and gender. Most of the children with growth faltering were managed by primary care physicians. Only 8 percent were managed by subspecialists, such as endocrinologists or gastroenterologists. Of ... Read more

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