Clinical Note

Glucocorticoids and Growth

Children suffering from overproduction of gluco-corticoids (Cushing's disease) experience some stunting of their growth. In a recently reported case involving identical twins, the unaffected twin was 21 cm taller at age 15 than her sister, whose disease was untreated until around the time of puberty. Similar impairment of growth is seen in children treated chronically with high doses of glucocorticoids to control asthma or inflammatory disorders.

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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