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Monday, August 12, 2013

Study links kids’ stomach pains to underlying mental-health issues

The common complaint my belly hurts" by kids has a way of striking terror in the hearts of parents. Maybe the fears are not unfounded! Tummy aches in kids that are often brushed aside as symptoms of nothing more sinister than gas or indigestion can be a sign of underlying health issues, suggests an intriguing new study. According to experts, kids suffering from inexplicable, chronic stomach pains are at a high risk for developing an anxiety disorder in adulthood. "A decade later, individuals who had stomach pain continued to have high rates of anxiety disorders, even if they no longer had stomach pain," said study author Lynn Walker, a professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Link between stomach ache and future anxiety disorders assessed In a bid to establish whether chronic stomach pains sans a clear medical cause in kids may be an indicator of anxiety disorders as they grow into adults, the researchers conducted a study. They tracked 332 children with re

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