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MSU researchers make new discoveries on what does and doesn't affect immune system
Date:2/4/2008

uises may be slow to heal because of steroids' effects on the immune system.

Fraker and her team's discovery that the naturally-produced versions of the steroids don't affect the immune system like the pharmacological versions is the first time this has been observed.

"With the pharmacological versions of steroids, you lose some immune function," Fraker explained. "With the natural versions, you retain neutrophil [a type of white blood cell] function. It may be worthwhile for pharmaceutical companies to investigate synthesizing natural versions of the steroids."


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Contact: Pam Fraker
fraker@msu.edu
517-353-3513
Michigan State University
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