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Steroids Can Be Dangerous

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:00
Researches from the University of Colorado and the Denver Medical Center have recently come to the conclusion that repeated administration of steroids to pregnant women who are at risk of premature birth does not appear to be beneficial. In fact their data revealed that it may actually be harmful to the fetus.

Previous research acknowledged that one dose of steroids given two to seven days prior to anticipated premature birth date cut the risk of lung problems and death in infants. The only problem is that if the child is not born within the anticipated time period, doctors often repeat the steroid shots weekly.

The researches concluded that this practice is dangerous and should be stopped after monitoring over 500 women at risk. According to a report published in JAMA, researches found that babies whose mothers had the weekly shots were more likely to develop bleeding in the brain.