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Hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis stress test in patients with early RA: role of corticotropin-releasing hormone promoter polymorphisms

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Funding This work was supported by a grant from Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), grant BA 1770/2±1.

  • Ethics approval All subjects signed informed consent and the study was approved by the ethical committee of the authors' university, University Leipzig, Germany.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.