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Children on Steroids Have Higher Risk for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure

Children who take oral steroids to treat asthma or autoimmune diseases have an increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and blood clots, according to Rutgers researchers. Researchers examined the records of 933,000 American children from ages 1 to 18 with or without autoimmune diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile arthritis or psoriasis. Among those without an autoimmune disease, about 2 in 3 children who received prescriptions for steroids had evidence of asthma....

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