iNEWS: Scientists discover a major cause of premature birth – as well as a promising treatment

Press/Media: Research

Release date: 10/6/2018

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Scientists have hailed a breakthrough in prenatal care after identifying a major cause of premature birth – and a promising treatment.

They have discovered that a serious placenta defect that harms 3,000 pregnancies a year in the UK is produced by a chemical imbalance.

And they are confident that an existing drug that is safe for pregnant women could prove an effective treatment for the condition – which in many cases causes the baby to die or suffer severe brain damage.

University of Manchester researchers believe that the placenta defect – which curbs the flow of blood between the mother and foetus – is caused by elevated levels of a dangerous chemical called cell free fetal haemoglobin. This makes the blood cells of the placenta narrow and stiffen.

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TitleScientists discover a major cause of premature birth – as well as a promising treatment
Media name/outletiNews
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date10/06/18
DescriptionScientists have hailed a breakthrough in prenatal care after identifying a major cause of premature birth – and a promising treatment.

They have discovered that a serious placenta defect that harms 3,000 pregnancies a year in the UK is produced by a chemical imbalance.

And they are confident that an existing drug that is safe for pregnant women could prove an effective treatment for the condition – which in many cases causes the baby to die or suffer severe brain damage.

University of Manchester researchers believe that the placenta defect – which curbs the flow of blood between the mother and foetus – is caused by elevated levels of a dangerous chemical called cell free fetal haemoglobin. This makes the blood cells of the placenta narrow and stiffen.
URLhttps://inews.co.uk/news/health/scientists-discover-major-cause-premature-birth-promising-treatment/
PersonsPaul Brownbill