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Can steroids save your life? - Anees Bahji


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Steroids: they’re infamous for their use in sports, but they’re also found in inhalers, creams to treat poison ivy, eczema, and shots to ease inflammation. But what exactly are steroids, and how are they able to cause these seemingly different effects? Can understanding the biology of steroids reveal the way that they work?

The human body uses cholesterol—a fat found in animal products—as a building block to create steroids. What are some other kinds of fats that you have come across in your day to day life? What role do they play in maintaining our health?

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  • Educator Anees Bahji
  • Director Nick Hilditch
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Storyboard Artist Nick Hilditch
  • Animator Nick Hilditch
  • Compositor Nick Hilditch
  • Art Director Nick Hilditch
  • Sound Designer Nick Hilditch
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  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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