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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Children's Health: New hope for children with cancer ♦ Children with common allergies have twice heart disease risk ♦ 3/4 of high school heroin users started with prescription opioids

Discovery of X-linked intellectual disability syndrome is aided by web tools It's a genetic detective story with a distinct 21st-century flavor. A geneticist has used powerful internet and social media tools to find doctors and researchers in nine US states and eight other nations to help him confirm, document and describe in precise clinical detail a new X-linked intellectual disability genetic syndrome in young boys that he first came across five years ago.
3/4 of high school heroin users started with prescription opioids The linkages between nonmedical use of opioids and heroin in high school seniors examined associations between frequency and recency of nonmedical use of opioids and heroin.
New hope for children with cancer Children suffering from a cancer of the nervous system could benefit from a potential new treatment

Children with common allergies have twice heart disease risk Children with allergies, particularly asthma and hay fever, have about twice the rate of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, setting them on a course for heart disease at a surprisingly early age. Even when the study controlled for obesity, children with allergic disease had a much higher risk. These children need to be screened more aggressively for high cholesterol and high blood pressure, so they can modify their lifestyles and reverse this risk.

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