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  • No Excess Bone Risk With Inhaled Steroids in Kids Study found fracture risk is not significantly increased with daily inhaled steroids in children with asthma compared with no steroid use; the authors encourage use when indicated.
 
  • Ties Between Immune Dysfunction, Eating Disorders 'increasingly Clear' A large Danish study of children and adolescents finds that autoimmune and autoinflammatory disorders raise the risk for development of an eating disorder, and having an eating disorder raises the risk of subsequent autoimmune disease.
  • Prescription-Strength Steroid Creams Sold Without Prescription Although the U.S. requires prescriptions for topical steroids with more than a 0.5% concentration, much stronger and potentially harmful steroid creams are not hard to find without a prescription, doctors report.
 

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