Maturation of the circadian rhythm of the adrenocortical functions in human neonates and infants.

@article{Vermes1980MaturationOT,
  title={Maturation of the circadian rhythm of the adrenocortical functions in human neonates and infants.},
  author={Istv{\'a}n Vermes and J Dohanics and Gabor X Toth and Judit E. Pongr{\'a}cz},
  journal={Hormone research},
  year={1980},
  volume={12 5},
  pages={237-44}
}
The cortisol levels in the peripheral blood were measured radioimmunologically at 08.00, 12.00,. 16.00, 20.00, 24.00 and 04.00 h in human neonates and infants with ages of 1, 2 and 3 days, 1, 2 and 4 weeks, 2, 3 and 6 months and 1 and 3 years. During the first 2 days of extrauterine life the neonates had high plasma cortisol levels without a circadian rhythm. During the first 2 months there were decreased cortisol levels in the infants, but the diurnal rhythms were still absent, and free… CONTINUE READING

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