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Acta Paediatr. 2003 Jul;92(7):766-72.

Life before birth: effects of cortisol on future cardiovascular and metabolic function.

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Center for Women's Health Research, Department of Obstet. Gynecol., New York University School of Medicine, New York 10016, USA.


The concept of fetal programming is an area that is now under rigorous investigation in many laboratories throughout the world. We need to engender a fascination in all segments of society, not just pregnant women, about life in the womb.


Everyone needs to understand that improving the condition of the fetus will have personal, social and economic benefits. The time has come to realize that, in a sense, it is not just women who are pregnant but it is the family and the whole of society.

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