Screening Adolescents

Mark D. Widome, M.D. "Should children be tested for adult diseases?" MSNBC News March 31 2004.

Several closely related adult conditions have their origins in childhood. Diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and obesity each place a large health burden on middle-age adults in the United States, yet they start silently decades earlier — often in the teen years or earlier. Should children be tested for adult diseases? Pediatrician and Today show contributor, Mark Widome, says, "yes." He tells viewers what can be done in the pediatrician’s office to combat these adult killers.

Dr. Mark Widome, professor of pediatrics at The Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pennsylvania describes the criteria for screening, the screening tests, and the treatment for diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, and obesity.  He notes that these four diseases have the following in common: each has a serious consequence, each has a long lag time, each is detectable early, and early interventions exist.

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