Steroid injections given to prevent premature delivery in pregnant women at risk for early labor may put the baby at risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life, a new study suggests. Pregnant women at risk for premature birth are routinely given an infusion of glucocorticoids, a steroid that mimics the natural hormone cortisol. The drug is designed to help the baby’s lungs develop. However, new research shows that high levels of glucocorticoids may have a long-term adverse effect on the brain’s development. Previous studies have already made a connection between stress during pregnancy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in ... Read More
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