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First Clinical Trial of Vosoritide for Children with Hypochondroplasia Shows Increased Growth

The first global phase 2 study of vosoritide showed an average increased growth rate of 1.8 cm per year in children with hypochondroplasia, a genetic cause of short stature in children, according to a paper recently published in eClinicalMedicine. The clinical trial is funded by BioMarin. Researchers led by Andrew Dauber, MD, chief of Endocrinology at Children’s...
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Bad Reception: Unlocking a Confounding Enigma Behind Monogenic Obesity in Children

When two very different pediatric patients with obesity presented with unusually high leptin levels, endocrine researchers took notice and discovered that leptin was not adequately binding with receptors. When the young patients’ familial history was considered, solutions were finally forthcoming. About three years ago, a 19-month-old girl presented to Sidra Medicine – a women’s and...
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Having a Ball: What Can Be Done About Pediatric Dyslipidemia?

EN March 24 Cover Children who are physically inactive may have high cholesterol in early adulthood and subsequent heart health issues in their mid-forties, according to new research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Study author Andrew O. Agbaje, MD, MPH, FESC, talks to Endocrine News about the study’s findings, the arbitrary nature of some guidelines,...
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How Cancer Affects Childhood Growth

Childhood cancer patients and survivors are at increased risk for growth disturbances, for myriad reasons, and it is important to periodically monitor their growth, according to a paper recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Tomoko Yoshida, MD, PhD, and Angela Delaney, MD, both of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis,...
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Increase in Pappalysin Levels Could Promote IGF-1 Bioavailability in Children with Prader-Willi Syndrome

The increase in free insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I levels in prepubertal children with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) treated with exogenous growth hormone (GH) could be caused by increased pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A, PAPP-A2) levels and a reduction in stanniocalcins (STC-1, STC-2), according to a study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism....
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Children Who Are Sedentary May Have a Higher Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke Later in Life

Children who are physically inactive may have high cholesterol in early adulthood and subsequent heart health issues in their mid-forties, according to new research published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. High cholesterol during childhood has been associated with early signs of heart disease when individuals reach their mid-twenties and an increased risk of...