Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Overweight, asthmatic kids = possible hospital stay

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If your child has been admitted to the emergency room recently, hopefully he or she was not admitted to the hospital for an extended stay as a result.

But, if your child is overweight and made that ER trip, he or she probably had a higher possibility of admission according to a new report published in the journal Pediatrics.

This difference hold true regardless of illness severity, stated the report. Okay, then -- what's responsible for the difference? The answer may or may not surprise you: asthmatic activity.

In other words, obese kids respond more slowly to "acute exacerbations" of breathing difficulties, the main one of which is asthma.

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