London: Scientists claimed to have developed a simple blood test that can predict with 80 per cent accuracy if pregnant women with preterm contractions will give birth within seven days. Researchers from the University of Gutenberg, Sweden, studied 142 pregnant women who came to Sahlgrenska University Hospital during the years 1995-2005 with early contractions without rupture of the membranes. Delivery before 37 full weeks, so-called preterm delivery, is the biggest problem in perinatal medicine today, as it increases the risk of the child being seriously ill in the short and long term. The problem is that only 30 per cent of women who come in with early contractions actually give birth before full term.
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