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The following electronic only articles are published in conjunction with this issue of BJSM.

The validity of capillary blood sampling in the determination of human growth hormone concentration during exercise in adult men

R J Godfrey, G Whyte, J McCarthy, A Nevill, T Head

Background: Studies measuring human growth hormone (hGH) in blood during exercise have mainly used venous sampling. The invasive nature of this procedure makes evaluation of hGH impossible in various exercise environments.

Objective: To determine whether capillary sampling could offer an alternative sampling method.

Methods: Capillary and venous blood samples were collected for determination of hGH at the end of …

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