Navigation Links
Researcher attacks pre-term labor problem
Date:2/5/2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A Florida State University researcher is tackling a new and inventive way to slow down and perhaps prevent preterm labor.

The solution? A pair of goggles.

Specifically, Associate Professor James Olcese is developing goggles he's calling them light emitting devices that could intermittently flash a blue light at a sleeping pregnant mother at risk for preterm labor. That flash of light could cause a drop in the brain hormone melatonin, which is tied to contractions.

Ideally, the contractions would slow down or stop.

"They could simply have them on their night stand and put them on if they are feeling contractions," Olcese said.

In 2009, Olcese discovered that many women go into labor at night when melatonin is at its peak. Future research through a partnership with preterm labor patients at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital found that when women were exposed to bright light overnight, the cells associated with contractions saw a drop in melatonin levels, suppressing contractions and potentially delaying labor.

"We can use that information to develop ways of helping women either in inducing labor or, conversely, mechanisms that would prevent or slow the contractions a month or two earlier in the pregnancy," Olcese said.

Olcese patented his theory that reducing melatonin would produce better results for women at risk of preterm labor.

In the study at TMH, the patients were exposed to a computer-monitor-sized lamp shining full-spectrum light. But, that interrupted sleeping patterns and was generally uncomfortable for some participants.

So Olcese, a recent winner of a $35,000 GAP award from the university, is working to develop a pair goggles that will flash blue light which is less likely to disturb a good night's sleep at the mother.

The GAP funding will be used to fund a second trial at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital and help figure out how to best deliver the blue light flashes. Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is testing out Olcese's approach as well.

"We just have to figure out how much light and how often," he said.

Depending on how the next round of studies go, a product could be ready for market in the next few years.

Preterm birth is the birth of an infant prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of eight infants in the United States is born prior to the 37-week mark.

Thirty-five percent of infant deaths are associated with preterm labor.


'/>"/>

Contact: Doug Carlson
doug.carlson@med.fsu.edu
850-645-1255
Florida State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. NIH awards $20 million over 5 years to train next generation of global health researchers
2. Researchers develop a new cell and animal model of inflammatory breast cancer
3. Researchers uncover a viable way for colorectal cancer patients to overcome drug resistance
4. Researchers Find Gene Mutations That May Be a Key to Autism
5. Researchers find evidence of banned antibiotics in poultry products
6. NJ stroke researchers report advances in spatial neglect research at AAN Conference
7. Autism by the numbers: Yale researchers examine impact of new diagnostic criteria
8. Stress contributes to cognitive declines in women with breast cancer, researcher says
9. Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence
10. Researchers ID Genes That May Determine Mental Illness
11. Researchers Develop Blood Test for Depression
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... A local study examining ... than 40 percent of participating fifth-grade students already have or are at risk ... Clinical Research in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... NEW YORK (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... and swimming safety – today announced a new partnership to reach nearly 1 million ... can happen in an instant and is the leading cause of accidental death in ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Sun ... talk highlighting the organization’s successful Care Transitions program at the 9th ... was titled “Minimizing Costs in the Post-Acute Environment Through Effective Transitions of Care.” ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... , ... The 2016 Nike Soccer Camp will be directed by the 2015 ... Together they bring their winning Vandals coaching philosophy to young athletes. Programs are offered ... high school players. Session dates are as follows: , Youth Day Camp – July ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Talent Tech Labs (TTL) is pleased ... of National Nurses Week (May 6-12). Currently, HireNurses is a job listing ... into the Talent Tech Lab Virtual Incubation program, they will dramatically expand the functionality ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... WASHINGTON D.C. , May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... its member companies concluded a series of free ... training in global requirements for Good ... part of quality assurance which ensures that products are ... by the marketing authorization (MA) or product specification. Only ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 4, 2016 Research ... "Global Acute Ischemic Stroke Market and Competitive ... offering.       (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... Ischemic Stroke Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights ... Stroke pipeline products, Acute Ischemic Stroke epidemiology, ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 4, 2016 Research ... "Global Acute lymphocytic Leukemia Market and Competitive ... offering.       (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160330/349511LOGO ... Leukemia Market and Competitive Landscape Highlights 2016, ... pipeline products, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia epidemiology, Acute ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: