pediatrics

Obesity Linked to Smaller Testes and Possible Infertility

Obesity Linked to Smaller Testes and Possible Infertility

Boys with obesity have lower testicular volume compared with their normal-weight counterparts, suggesting the potential for fertility problems in adulthood, new data suggest. Testicular volume is a fertility marker directly related to sperm count that has halved in the past 40 years worldwide for unknown reasons. At the same time, childhood obesity has risen dramatically …

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FDA Approves Setmelanotide for Obesity in Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

FDA Approves Setmelanotide for Obesity in Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental indication for setmelanotide (Imcivree, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals) injection for chronic weight management in adults and pediatric patients age 6 and older with obesity due to Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS). Setmelanotide, a melanocortin-4 receptor (MC4R) agonist, is the first FDA-approved therapy for BBS, a rare genetic disorder …

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Growing Up in Unsafe Neighborhoods Tied to Poor Sleep in Adults

Growing Up in Unsafe Neighborhoods Tied to Poor Sleep in Adults

Growing up in neighborhoods perceived as unsafe is linked to disordered sleep in adulthood, in new findings that suggest improving neighborhood safety can have long-term benefits on sleep quality. “Our study expands upon previous findings by demonstrating a possible link between neighborhood environments in childhood and sleep health during adulthood,” lead author Symielle Gaston, PhD, …

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Medication and lifestyle changes improve dizziness in pediatric lung-COVID patients

Medication and lifestyle changes improve dizziness in pediatric lung-COVID patients

Several persistent yet nonspecific symptoms have been reported in individuals who have previously recovered from infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This phenomenon has been referred to as long coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), post-COVID syndrome, and post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC). Although no viral load is detected in these patients, …

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