Premature birth test being trialled
Scientists are trialling a blood test that may predict whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely.
Preliminary results, published in the journal Science, suggest it is accurate in up to 80% of high-risk women.
The team, at Stanford University, in the US, say it is also as accurate as ultra-sound scans at predicting due dates.
However, there is still far more work to do before it could be used clinically.
Every year 15 million babies are born too early (before 37 weeks gestation) around the world Preterm birth is linked to a million deaths a year It is the leading cause of deaths... read more
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