Obstetrics & gynaecology

New study points to a possible cause of many preterm births

The discovery that small calcium deposits in fetal membranes may lead to a mother's water breaking prematurely suggests that dietary or other interventions could prevent those preterm births.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Herpes simplex virus can mimic premature rupture of membranes

(HealthDay)—Unique presentation of herpes simplex virus infection in pregnancy can be misdiagnosed as premature rupture of membranes (PROM), according to a case report published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Bacteria linked to water breaking prematurely during pregnancy

A high presence of bacteria at the site where fetal membranes rupture may be the key to understanding why some pregnant women experience their "water breaking" prematurely, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

Health

Smoking + asthma + pregnant = a dangerous combination

(Medical Xpress)—New research from the University of Adelaide has shown for the first time that pregnant women who smoke as well as having asthma are greatly increasing the risk of complications for themselves and their ...

Medical research

Stem cell research could prevent premature births

Researchers from the University of Reading have developed the first fully tissue-engineered fetal membrane from human stem cells that could significantly reduce the number of premature births.

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