Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Half of premature births could be avoided with simple bacteria test
Researchers found that a new technique could identify the risk of premature birth at routine check-ups, helping to ensure swift treatment by giving women supplements which replace the dangerous microbes with “good bacteria”.
Premature birth is the biggest cause of death for young children worldwide.
Scientists from a charity led by fertility expert Prof Robert Winston found that a new swab test could check if women were carrying potentially harmful bacteria in their reproductive tract.
Such conditions, which produce no symptoms, cause up to half of premature births, research suggests.