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Why do corticosteroids harm COVID-19 patients?

One of the primary purposes of corticosteroids is to suppress immune activity and inflammation: that's exactly why they are used in asthma. Of course the immune system has an actual job besides ...
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Is there reasonable cause to suspect that taking creatine increases risk of testicular cancer causatively?

Issues with the 2015 study Demographics First of all, any conclusions in the paper about the connection between creatine use and TGCC apply almost entirely to Caucasian males, not all males, as you ...
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Is calling dexamethasone a "psychoactive steroid medication" correct use of the term psychoactive? Because it has reported psychological side effects?

Dexamethasone and other steroids have well-documented psychological effects. There are so many citations available that it's not necessary to pick one in particular. The definition of "...
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Why do corticosteroids harm COVID-19 patients?

The Lancet article you referenced in your question answered the questions you asked. In the trials of high dose corticosteroids used to treat SARS patients Corticosteroids use was: not associated ...
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Why do corticosteroids have few kidney-related side effects?

Corticosteroids block the enzyme Phospholipase A2 (PLA2) which catalyses the first step in arachidonic acid synthesis pathway. But, NSAIDs blocks activity of cyclooxygenases (COX 1 and COX 2). So, ...
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