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Monday
Mar282011

Doctors Baffled By 132-Pound Toddler in China

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Lu Hao, a three-year-old toddler in China, weighed less than six pounds at birth.  But he gained weight rapidly, and today tips the scales at an astonishing 132 pounds -- five times the normal size of a child his age.  He's also a medical mystery, with doctors in China unable to diagnose just what's behind the youngster's abnormal weight gain.

"It's obviously an extreme form of obesity," said Dr. Stephen Cook, a fellow in pediatrics at the Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester.  "I don't think I [have] ever seen anything quite like it."

Hao's parents, desperate for medical answers, said forcing him to eat less has been met with drama.

"We have to let him be, as if we don't feed him he will cry non-stop," Hao's mother, Chen Yuan, told Britain's Sun newspaper.

She said Hoa throws angry temper tantrums when they attempt to curtail his massive appetite, which includes devouring huge plates of ribs and rice.

"At some level, the parents are being semi enablers," said Dr. Cook.  "It's, of course, extremely difficult to put a child this young on any kind of a diet, but he needs limitations on his intake."

Cook called the condition "partly behavioral" and said the parents will need to set healthy limits on what he should eat.

Hao's severe weight problem is being aided by his aversions to exercise.  His parents said he hates walking, so they take him to kindergarten on a motorcycle.

Yet his parents do push him to be more mobile.  Though Hao hates walking, he does like swimming.  His parents also installed a basketball hoop to encourage him to exercise.

But exercise just makes Hao hungrier and that typically results in him gaining even more weight.

Hao's parents took him to see several specialists in China.  Doctors at the Guangdong Children's Hospital told the parents their child's weight gain could be caused by a hormone disorder.  Meantime, some experts said the child has signs of Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that's not very well known to the public or some in the medical field.

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Friday
Mar042011

Study: Cadmium Found in Cheap Jewelry Exceeds Safe Limit

Liquidlibrary/Thinkstock(ASHLAND, Ohio) -- Cadmium found in cheap pieces of jewelry could expose consumers to more than the amount considered to be safe if the chemical is ingested or makes contact with one's mouth, according to a new study released Friday.

Researchers at Ashland University measured the amount of cadmium present in 69 pieces of jewelry, imported primarily from China and sold for about $5 each. They found that some of the pieces, if placed in the mouth or swallowed, could release as much as 100 times the recommended maximum limit for cadmium.

The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, highlights the recent concern of the dangers of cadmium in children's jewelry, especially items imported from China.  Dangerous effects of ingested cadmium include kidney, bone, lung, and liver disease.

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Sunday
Nov072010

Drugs and Supplements to US from China Mostly Unregulated

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A review from the Government Accounting Office found a growing percentage of drugs and supplements sold in the United States comes from China and is largely unregulated and uninspected by U.S. officials.

Critics say consumers have no way to know where their pills originate because federal labeling laws are not being enforced.  The Food and Drug Administration says its staff is too small to properly inspect all the plants producing medicines for the U.S. market.  In a recent review, the Kansas City Star found 80 percent of the ingredients and 40 percent of the finished pharmaceuticals sold in the U.S. were made overseas.  The government said half of them come from China and India.

Chinese manufacturers defended their safety rate, but critics pointed to a recent case in which Chinese-made Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug, was found to have drywall components in it.  Other drugs made in China have been found to contain none of the active ingredients required.

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