Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder had higher health care costs than those with other conditions such as asthma or diabetes, a U.S. study found. Although children with autism used more services than others, researchers noted that they had less access to specialized care. The findings appear in the journal Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.United Press International
Young patients with asthma who took high doses of inhaled anticholinergics were at greater risk of suffering from irregular heartbeat than other patients, according to a study to be presented at the conference of the American Thoracic Society. The increased risk, however, was not seen in patients who received tiotropium or who received ipratropium in combination with short-acting beta agonists. HealthDay News
Diabetes is increasing among U.S. children at an alarming rate, say researchers who report jumps of more than 20 percent since 2001 for type 2 disease, which is linked to excessive weight and sedentary lifestyles, and type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.