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May 11, 2015 1:02 pm

Israeli Invention Fights Stunted Growth in Children

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Schneider Children's Medical Center in Israel developed a dietary supplement to help children with stunted growth. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A new dietary supplement developed at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel has successfully helped children in the bottom 10th percentile for height and weight grow taller and gain weight. The supplement, named Up-Pro, will be available in stores in the near future.

Studies show that children who took the supplement grew 1-2 centimeters (0.4-0.8 inches) taller than the control group, who were given placebos. The children’s height-to-weight ratio was not affected, and the additive did not cause anyone to become overweight.

“Until now we did not have a solution for these kids,” the head of the hospital’s Endocrinology and Diabetes Institute, Professor Moshe Phillips, said.

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“We created the supplement after years of research, and it contains ingredients that we are already familiar with, such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals,” he said.

Schneider Children’s Medical Center is currently studying the effects of the supplement on girls who begin taking it at age 10 and boys who begin at age 11. Each gender has its own version of the supplement.

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