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:2/20/2017)... ... ... Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital celebrated a major milestone with the topping ... the halfway point of construction and lifting of the final beam on the top ... center for innovation aimed at finding new discoveries and treatments for childhood diseases. The ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... February 19, 2017 , ... The Citadel’s new ... students, is being led by Amelia Joseph, Ph.D. Joseph was engaged by the college ... the nursing department in early 2016. After a nation-wide search, she was selected to ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... Orbita, Inc., a leading ... Healthwise ® at HIMSS 2017 to showcase a breakthrough in ... education, technology and services, will demonstrate a voice-powered knowedge assistant based on ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... , ... February 17, 2017 , ... ... drvallecillos.com , Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Glenn Vallecillos ... , Dr. Vallecillos says, "Traditionally, plastic surgery has been centered around that idea ...
(Date:2/17/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Smiles by Seese is a comprehensive family dental practice ... leads the practice as a skilled and highly credentialed dentist who is qualified to ... patients of all ages with excellence in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry . ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)... 2017 Adequate intake of vitamin ... minerals in one,s body. Consumers are well aware of ... a healthy composition of bones and teeth. Consumption of ... growing in the world. Medical research and clinical trials ... for treatment of prevalent disorders such as multiple sclerosis, ...
(Date:2/19/2017)...   AC Group Inc. , a leading company, ... in the PMS/EHR healthcare marketplace, will exhibit the 7 ... succeed in this ecosystem at HIMSS,17. ... from over 200 ACOs, compared and analyzed an ACO,s ... that are providing different pieces of Population Health technologies ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... , February 18, 2017 Marapharm ... to purchase a Medical Delivery Service with the specific ... transactions between qualified patients and caregivers. The delivery service ... located in the Coachella Valley, California ... Los Angeles area to the West, population ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: