TY - CHAP A1 - Fortunato Vesce A2 - Emilio Giugliano A3 - Elisa Cagnazzo A4 - Stefania Bignardi A5 - Elena Mossuto A6 - Tarcisio Servello A7 - Roberto Marci ED1 - Xiaoxiao Qian Y1 - 2012-11-28 PY - 2012 T1 - The Role of Glucocorticoids in Pregnancy: Four Decades Experience with Use of Betamethasone in the Prevention of Pregnancy Loss N2 - As one class of the most important steroid hormones, glucocorticoids have long been recognised and their therapeutic benefits have been widely used in clinical treatment, especially in anti-inflammation cases. Glucocorticoids regulate various processes in the body including the mobilization of energy stores, immune functions, gene expression, and maintenance of the homeostasis as well as the stress response, this is not surprising that the concept of "glucocorticoids" is mentioned in almost all medical text books that focus on specific organs or systems such as the cardiovascular system, the immune system, and the neuroendocrine system. The book of Glucocorticoids - New Recognition of Our Familiar Friend aims to introduce the latest findings relating to glucocorticoids, either freshly from the laboratory or from clinical case studies, and to open up a new angle of looking at the issue of balancing the therapeutic benefits and side effects brought up by glucocorticoids. BT - Glucocorticoids SP - Ch. 16 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/50797 DO - 10.5772/50797 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2022-01-17 ER -