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    Can you help me answer the following question: are steroids harmful, and if so how?

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    Steroids are simply lipid molecules with a specific kind of molecular structure (specifically, a cyclopentanoperhydro-phenanthrene ring system -- this means that they have three fused cyclohexane (six-carbon) rings plus a cyclopentane ring).

    There are different kinds of steroids. For example, corticosteroids are steroid hormones that are naturally produced by the adrenal cortex. Man-made corticosteroids (like cortisol, prednisone, hydrocortisone, and aldosterone) are used to treat various diseases: cancer, rashes, nausea, allergic reactions, and autoimmune diseases, for ...

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    The solution consists of a discussion of the beneficial uses and potentially harmful side-effects of steroids. It is 335 words and is attached as a Word document in addition to plain text.