Tag Archive: human growth hormone

Mar 21 2019

Digging Deep Into Decisions to Treat Short Stature With Human Growth Hormone

By Nancy McCann

Tall people are self-confident, successful, and have the world at their feet, according to our society’s biases and assumptions. This perception tends to elevate the pressure for parents, children, and clinicians to try human growth hormone (hGH) for treating idiopathic short stature (ISS) — children with severe short stature without an identifiable cause. But how short is severe enough to warrant hGH treatment, which can involve years of daily injections and exposure to potential side effects, at a cost of about $30,000 per patient per year?

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Jan 7 2016

Study Reveals Why Some Families Seek Medical Care for Short Stature

short statureAlthough growth failure in children is a sensitive sign that an underlying health problem may be occurring, short stature itself is not a disease. So researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia wanted to identify the factors that influence families to seek medical care for short stature, which in some cases includes giving a child nightly injections of human growth hormone.

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Jul 2 2015

Study Finds Gender Bias in Growth Hormone Treatment for Height

growth hormoneResearchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have found a gender bias in the provision of treatment for idiopathic short stature with recombinant human growth hormone treatment.

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