Treatment for prematurity with steroids put to the testA study by University of Auckland that was published in the Lancet has revealed that babies whose mothers were administered with injections of steroids before giving birth have no increased risk of heart diseases at age 30 when compared to mothers receiving a placebo treatment.

The study, however, discovered possible mild insulin resistance indicators in individuals whose mothers received the steroid.

The study was supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, the Auckland Medical Research Foundation, and the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.