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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.