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Antenatal steroid therapy and later stress responsiveness in the child

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It has been suggested that both maternal stress and antenatal administration of synthetic glucocorticoids (sGC) may cause prolonged changes in hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis regulation that could affect the child in later life, increasing the risks of cardiovascular, metabolic, neuroendocrine, and psychological problems. Now a study in Germany (Nina Alexander and colleagues. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2012;97:3538–44; see also editorial, ibid: 3457–9) has shown …

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  • Editor's note This Archivist was published in the February issue of the journal as part of another Archivist in error. It is now being published in its own right with its own DOI. We would like to apologise to the author for this mistake.

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