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    Stress (cortisol) causes pre-term birth by blocking progesterone

    If you ask a gynecologist what causes premature birth, the answer will usually be something along the lines of "insufficient progesterone" often accompanied by mumbling about "genetic predispositions". Yet, how exactly is insufficient progesterone responsible for premature birth has remained a...
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    Androsterone May Be The Main Source Of DHT, Drives Fetal Masculinization

    The study below demonstrates that not only may androsterone be the primary pro-hormone used endogenously for DHT synthesis, it likely also drives the masculinization of sexual organs in the fetus. For a long time it was thought that the so-called "front pathway" using testosterone (T) produced...
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    Thyroid Hormone In Babies Controls Pancreas Development And Diabetes Risk

    It has been know for years that maternal or fetal hypothyroidism increases the risk of dementia later in life. This new study makes the connection between thyroid hormone levels and subsequent risk of diabetes. While this is the first study of its kind it points strongly at fetal/child...
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