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Nosocomial infection in small for gestational age newborns with birth weight <1500 g: a multicentre analysis
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    This could be due to low DHEA

    It is my hypothesis that all tissues rely on DHEA for optimal function. Low DHEA has been found in preterm infants (Acta Paediatr. 2007 Nov;96(11):1600-5). Protective effects of DHEA against many infectious agents has also been determined.

    I suggest the findings of Bartels, et al., may be explained by low DHEA. That is, a common cause of low DHEA may be involved in growth retardation in preterm infants and th...

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