London: Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered that a key gene in the womb, which stops labour occurring too early, is switched off by inflammation in the uterus at the time labour begins - a discovery which paves the way for developing new treatments to prevent premature births.In the UK premature birth affects roughly one in 10 deliveries and complications arising from pre-term birth are a leading cause of deaths amongst new-born babies. Babies that survive going into labour too soon are at an increased risk of developing long-term medical and developmental problems including cerebral palsy, breathing difficulties, deafness and blindness. These conditions will affect a child for the rest of their life.
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