Asthma steroids don’t raise fracture risk

An Australian study offers reassurance that inhaled corticosteroids are not associated with an increase in the risk of bone fractures when used to treat asthma in children.

While there has been some uncertainty about the effects of inhaled steroids on bone mineral density in children, a Victorian study has found no difference in fracture rates among children taking high- or low-dose inhaled steroids and those in an untreated control group.

Researchers at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne