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William Kelly

Inhaling steroids stunts growth, but not much

Inhaling steroids stunts growth, but not much

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Adults who took inhaled steroids as children to control their asthma may be shorter than they otherwise would have been, but only by a little, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

Results of a long-term asthma study found that children who used an inhaled steroid before they entered puberty were about a half-inch shorter as adults than those who did not take the drugs.

Doctors have known since the 1990s that inhaled steroids taken for asthma can delay growth, but researchers had believed these children would eventually catch up.

"This is mostly good news," said Dr. Gail Weinmann of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, a part of the...