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Study Sees Link Between Psoriasis, Obesity in Kids
Date:5/20/2011

asis have increased cardiovascular risk factors, but we have now examined these issues in children," the study's senior author, Dr. Jashin J. Wu, director of clinical research and the associate residency program, and director for the department of dermatology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, said in the news release.

"As we follow these patients over 30 to 40 years, we will be able to determine if these increased cardiovascular risk factors in turn increase the risk for major adverse cardiac events," said Wu.

The researchers acknowledged that the study had limitations due to its cross-sectional design, where both body weight and information on psoriasis were assessed at the same time, and stated that these issues would be addressed in future studies.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics provides details on childhood obesity.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente, news release, May 18, 2011


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