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Asthma inhalers may slow children's growth

Corticosteroid drugs in inhalers used by kids with asthma may suppress growth in the first year of use, two new reviews suggest. Researchers examined more than 5500 cases of children with mild to severe asthma and found that growth rates were reduced by half a centimeter compared with those on placebos or other drugs. The second study analyzed cases of children using various doses of inhaled corticosteroids; they found that growth improved by a quarter of a centimeter with lower doses. Both papers are published today in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

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