• Children pose many challenges when it comes to medication: they may resist having to take a medication, dislike the taste or texture, have difficulty swallowing solid dosage forms, and are fearful of injections. The limited pediatric market for most drugs may be the leading reason for the lack of investment in drug development for this population by the pharmaceutical industry. Most medications are not labeled for pediatric populations, and when a medication is not approved for use in infants and children, it usually is not available in a suitable pediatric...

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  • Type 2 diabetes is developing at an alarming rate among American children and teenagers. Type 2 diabetes was formerly known as “adult onset” diabetes because it typically occurred in adults over 45 years of age, primarily as a result of being obese or overweight, but also due to inactivity, low HDL cholesterol or high triglycerides levels, or high blood pressure. In previous generations, almost all children, adolescents, or young adults diagnosed with diabetes had type 1 diabetes (formerly known as “insulin-dependent diabetes” or “juvenile onset diabetes”). In type 1 diabetes,...