Show: August 26, 2012:
- What do potential changes in Medicare mean for future senior citizens?
- Can spanking lead to mental health concerns later in life?
- Which common juice can improve cancer drug effectiveness?
- What are pediatricians doing to help families with medically complex children?
- What problems do children with high blood pressure face as adults?
- Why does yoga make you so mellow?
- What do charge nurses experience in emergency rooms?
- A Fond Farewell to Eric Meslin
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What problems do children with high blood pressure face as adults?
Interview: Joseph Flynn, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington, Chief, Division of Nephrology, Seattle Children's Hospital.
According to a recent study by the University of Michigan, up to 3 percent of American children have high blood pressure. This is significant because high blood pressure during childhood triggers heart changes, which typically follow them into adulthood, placing them at a high risk for heart disease. Joseph Flynn, M.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and chief of the division of nephrology at Seattle Children’s Hospital shares his reaction to the results of this study and to what he attributes the rise in children’s hypertension, as well as what parents can do to address this growing problem.