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Childhood 'Growth' Tests Not Always Necessary

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – Just because a child isn't growing or developing exactly like his or her peers doesn't mean a host of medical tests are in order. In fact, five medical tests commonly ordered for children who are short, overweight or showing signs of early puberty aren't always necessary. And, that's particularly true if youngsters are otherwise healthy, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The five tests include hormone tests, endocrine tests, vitamin D screening, thyroid or insulin tests for overweight children and thyroid ultrasounds for kids with an enlarged thyroid gland or autoimmune thyroid disease, the group noted. Doctors and their patients should carefully weigh the risks and benefits of these procedures, advised Dr. Paul Kaplowitz in an AAP news release. He's past chairperson of the AAP Section on Endocrinology. "As a pediatric endocrinologist, I've ... Read more

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Growth Hormone May Lower Odds of Fractures in Older Women

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Older women with osteoporosis could get lasting benefits from a few years on growth hormone, a new, small trial suggests. Researchers found that when women with the bone-thinning disease took growth hormone for three years, their fracture risk was still reduced seven years later. Before entering the study, 56 percent of the women had suffered a bone break; over the 10-year study period, 28 percent sustained a fracture. But the study, reported online Aug. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, only involved 55 women who used growth hormone. And experts said it is unlikely to become an approved treatment for osteoporosis any time soon. Still, the results are "pretty exciting," since they show a sustained effect on women's fracture risk, said Dr. Jerome Tolbert, an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. "Osteoporosis is a ... Read more

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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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