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Monday 25, Apr 2011

  Children Who Take Steroid Drugs For Nephrotic Syndrome Are Protected From Bone Loss

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Children Who Take Steroid Drugs For Nephrotic Syndrome Are Protected From Bone Loss According to a new study, children who use steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome do not suffer from osteoporosis, which is a common side effect of steroid treatment methods in adults.

Childhood nephrotic syndrome, which is thought to affect 3 out of 100,000 children, is one of the most common chronic kidney diseases in children. Although it does not impair kidney function, it weakens ability of the body to remove salt and water in the blood causes swelling of the legs and stomach and around the eyes.

Dr. Leonard said that the findings of this report may be used to assure parents and doctors about steroid treatments too help children with nephrotic syndrome that steroids do not increase their risk of osteoporosis.

Monday 02, Aug 2010

  Children with nephrotic syndrome are safe from bone loss with steroids

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children-with-nephrotic-syndrome-are-safe-from-bone-loss-with-steroidsChildren afflicted with nephrotic syndrome and who have been administered with steroid drugs do not have to face the risk of bone loss, which is one of the common side effects of treatment based on steroids for adults.

Childhood nephrotic syndrome, which is believed to affect 3 out of 100,000 children, leads to weakening of ability of the body to remove water and salt from the blood and cause swelling in the belly, legs, and around the eyes.

It was remarked by Dr. Leonard that these report findings could be helpful in assuring parents and physicians about steroid-based treatment in order to offer help to children with nephrotic syndrome as steroids do not enhance their risk of osteoporosis.

Tuesday 11, May 2010

  High doses of steroids not always the reason behind bone loss

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High doses of steroids not always the reason behind bone lossA study has suggested that children administered with steroid drugs for treating a kidney condition called nephrotic syndrome do not suffer from bone loss, which is a common steroid side effect in adults. This study shed light on the mixed effects of steroids.

Childhood nephrotic syndrome, which affects 3 out of every 100,000 children, is one of the most common chronic kidney diseases among children. Though this disease does not affect kidney function, it does weaken ability of the body to remove salt and water from the blood to result in swelling in the legs, belly, and around the eyes.

Pediatric nephrologist Mary B. Leonard, M.D., of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, lead author of the study, said nephrotic syndrome can be resolved quickly when treated unlike other diseases of children that are treated with steroid drugs.

Friday 25, Dec 2009

  Children taking steroid drugs for treating nephrotic syndrome not sufferers of bone loss

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Children taking steroid drugs for treating nephrotic syndrome not sufferers of bone lossA new study has revealed that children taking steroid drugs for treating nephrotic syndrome do not suffer from bone loss, a common side effect of steroid treatments in adults.

This study shed light on mixed effects of steroids: the drugs occasionally resulted in obesity that seems to be protecting children against bone loss.

Childhood nephrotic syndrome affects 3 out of 100,000 children is considered to be the most common chronic kidney disease in children.

The co-authors besides Drs. Leonard and Zemel were also from Children’s Hospital, and were Justine Shults, Ph.D.; Bethany J. Foster, M.D.; and Virginia A. Stallings, M.D. Harold I. Feldman, M.D., and all the co-authors were also from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Grants from the National Institute of Health supported the study.

Friday 14, Aug 2009

  Children taking steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome get relief from bone loss

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Children taking steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome get relief from bone lossA new study that sheds light on the mixed effects of steroids revealed that children taking steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome do not suffer from one of the most common side-effects of steroid treatments in adults, bone loss.

Childhood nephrotic syndrome that is believed to affect 3 out of every 100,000 children is the most common kidney ailment in children. Although it does not affect functions of the human kidney, it tend to weaken ability of the body to drain water and salt from the blood resulting in swelling in legs, region around the eyes, and belly.

According to co-author of this study, Babette Zemel, Ph.D., of the Nutrition Center at Children’s Hospital, steroids tend to make children heavier and shorter and the reason behind the increased body mass is the extra physical load due to heavy body weight for stimulation of bones with an aim to grow stronger.

This study is expected to offer a change to the present mindset of medical practitioners that by confirming that using steroids to treat children with nephrotic syndrome does not increase the risk of osteoporosis.

Friday 31, Jul 2009

  Children taking steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome are safe from bone loss

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Children taking steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome are safe from bone lossAccording to a new study, children who take steroid drugs for nephrotic syndrome do not suffer bone loss, which is a common side-effect of steroid treatment methodologies in adults.

Childhood nephrotic syndrome, which is believed to affect 3 out of 100,000 children, is one of the most common chronic kidney ailments in children. Though it does not impair functions of kidney, it weakens the human body’s ability to remove salt and water from the blood to cause swelling in the legs, belly, and around the eyes.

Dr. Leonard said that the findings of this report can be used to assure parents and doctors about steroid treatments for helping children with nephrotic syndrome as steroids do not enhance their risk of osteoporosis.

Thursday 11, Jun 2009

  Steroids Do Not Cause Bone Loss To Nephrotic Syndrome Patients

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Steroids Do Not Cause Bone Loss To Nephrotic Syndrome PatientsChildren who are treated with steroid medications due to their nephrotic syndrome need not to worry about the bone loss side effect. A new study showed the steroids side effects such as obesity can help children in preventing bone loss.

According to Dr. Babette Zemel, steroids tend to make children shorter and heavier than healthy children, but the increased weight is associated with an increase in bone mass. She added that the possible explanation for the increased bone mass is due to the extra physical load imposed by higher weight which stimulates the bones to grow stronger.

Nephrotic syndrome, most common chronic kidney disease, usually affects three out of 100,000 children. According to Dr. Mary B. Leonard, head of the study, if this syndrome is left untreated, the condition may progress to life-threatening complications. Luckily, most cases of childhood nephrotic syndrome are steroid-sensitive, which means corticosteroid drug such as prednisone relieves the symptoms.

Wednesday 20, May 2009

  Prednisone Drug Treats Nephrotic Syndrome

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Prednisone Drug Treats Nephrotic SyndromeNephrotic syndrome is a kidney disease that occurs to children between ages of 2 and 6, but adults are not immune to this. The symptoms for this disease include loss of large amounts of protein in the urine; a decrease in blood protein; swelling; and a rise in blood cholesterol and triglycerides. These, however, are interrelated.

The best treatment for this condition is Prednisone, a kind of cortisone steroid. This drug seals the leaky kidneys and stops the protein loss.

Children with this condition can be treated at home; however, if a child does not respond to prednisone, another medication may be prescribed called cyclosporine. Treatment of this disease shows no permanent kidney damage.