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Date:5/24/2010

earlier research.

But he does not expect the new results to change medical practice at this time. He pointed out some limitations to the study, including that all participants lived in Scotland, making the sample very homogeneous.

The potential for a preterm birth based just on the mother being born preterm or having a sibling born early doesn't call for therapies currently used to prevent preterm births, such as the use of the female hormone progesterone, Barth wrote in the journal.

More will be learned about the risk for preterm birth in coming years, he wrote, because genetic research focused on families with a tendency for preterm birth should yield more insights.

Bhattacharya said his new research suggests that if women know they were born early -- or that their mother gave birth to a sibling early -- they would be well-advised to tell their obstetrician or midwife this "extra bit of information."

The health-care provider could then decide whether more frequent prenatal visits or other special attention or treatment would be needed, he said.

More information

To learn more about preventing preterm birth, visit the March of Dimes.



SOURCES: Siladitya Bhattacharya, M.D., professor, reproductive medicine, Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and University of Aberdeen, Scotland; June 2010, Obstetrics & Gynecology


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