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Hepatitis C Treatment May Hamper Kids' Growth
Date:8/13/2012

o-year follow-up point than when treatment began. The children's height-for-age scores did not rebound as quickly as their weight and BMI. However, the children's diet and level of physical activity had not changed over the course of the study.

"Additional investigation of growth patterns is needed to determine long-term outcomes so that optimal timing of treatment can be determined for children with chronic HCV," Jonas concluded.

Although the study found an association with peginterferon treatment and changes in children's growth patterns, it did not show a cause-and-effect relationship.

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Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about hepatitis C.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Hepatology, news release, Aug. 9, 2012


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