Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function and the cellular immune response in former preterm children.

  title={Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function and the cellular immune response in former preterm children.},
  author={Angelika Buske-Kirschbaum and Silke Krieger and Clare P. Wilkes and Wolfgang Rauh and Samuel Weiss and Dirk H. Hellhammer},
  journal={The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism},
  volume={92 9},
CONTEXT Animal data suggest that adverse early experiences may affect endocrine and immune functioning in later life. OBJECTIVE Our objective was to assess the impact of preterm delivery on hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning, heart rate responses, and immune function. PARTICIPANTS Former preterm children [aged 8-14 yr (n = 18)], sex and age-matched full-term born control children (n = 18), data on birth weight, gestational age, birth weight for gestational age (in sd units… CONTINUE READING


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