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Growth deficiency in 80,000 of young

SOME 80,000 Shanghai children and young people are too short for their age group, according to research.

A survey of 70,000 children and young people in the city aged between six and 18 years old found 3.77 percent suffered from growth deficiency, experts said at a lecture organized by Shanghai Children's Hospital on Saturday.

Extrapolated over the city's population in this age band of around 2,120,000, this indicates growth deficiency in 80,000.

The overall height of local children is rising due to better nutrition, better medical facilities and people's rising awareness, experts said.

But some parents of very short children still delay seeking treatment. "Parents must get an early diagnosis. Causes include a lack of growth hormone, poor development in the womb and brain tumors," said Dr Li Pin from Shanghai Children's Hospital.


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