Obstetrics & gynaecology

Novel blood test may help predict impending preterm birth

A blood-based diagnostic test accurately predicted whether 70% of female study participants with threatened preterm labor (TPTL) would or would not give birth prematurely. Results were published May 14, 2014, in the open ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

1 in 4 U.S. stillbirths might be prevented

(HealthDay)—About 1 in every 160 pregnancies in the United States ends in stillbirth. Now, a new study suggests many of these tragedies are "potentially" avoidable.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Study shows how fetal infections may cause adult heart disease

Recent studies have shown that infants born prematurely have a higher risk of developing heart disease later in life. Now, a study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle shows that, ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

More precise due dates for pregnant mothers

To the frustration of busy pregnant women everywhere, estimates of when she'll actually give birth can be off by as much as two to three weeks, early or late. This leaves women with a window of more than a month in which ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Nifedipine-maintained tocolysis no benefit in perinatal outcomes

(HealthDay)—For women threatened with preterm labor, maintenance tocolysis with nifedipine is not associated with a significant reduction in adverse perinatal outcomes, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 issue ...

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