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Blood test might predict preterm birth
Researchers have developed a blood test that can predict a pregnant woman's risk of preterm delivery with up to 80 percent accuracy.
Preterm babies may suffer setbacks in auditory brain development, speech
Preterm babies born early in the third trimester of pregnancy are likely to experience delays in the development of the auditory cortex, a brain region essential to hearing and understanding sound, a new study revealed.
Tests for preterm birth not effective in first-time pregnancies
A study by the National Institutes of Health has found transvaginal cervical length and fetal fibronectin tests are not accurate in predicting preterm birth among first-time pregnancies.
Diet lacking in food from animal sources increases preterm birth risk
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found women who lacked vitamin B12 in their diets were more likely to have a preterm birth.
Preterm birth could raise autism risk
According to a new study, very premature infants may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with autism by age four, although the research questions just how high the odds are.
Premature birth could impact fitness later
Young adults who were born prematurely may have weaker muscles than their peers born at full term, a Finnish study suggested.
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