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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blood Test May Predict Premature Birth

Blood Test May Predict Premature Birth
by Kristie Hayes

A study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology shows that three peptide biomarkers plus some other proteins in the blood can be used to determine if a woman is likely to give birth prematurely. Premature birth is associated with a lot of health problems, both right after birth and on into childhood. 

Eighty women who gave birth to full term babies and 80 who gave birth prematurely had a drop of blood sampled. The results suggested that 80 percent of premature births could be detected in the second trimester. 

Having this knowledge could allow a woman and her doctor develop a plan of action in terms of how active she should be, if she should travel or even receive hormones that can delay labor.

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