New bacteria test could identify risk of pre-term birth

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A study has found that a new device can rapidly and accurately detect changes in vaginal bacteria and corresponding immune responses in pregnant women, associated with increased risk of preterm birth.

The test could help identify women at risk of preterm birth sooner, potentially allowing obstetricians to monitor these women more closely and start preventative treatments earlier and in a more targeted way than currently possible. This is according to the researchers from the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Imperial College London, with underpinning support from the NIHR Imperial BRC who have published their work in Nature Communications.

More information and the full story by Emily Head, can be found here © Imperial College London

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  • Professor Julian Marchesi
    Professor Julian Marchesi
    Professor of Digestive Health - Co-Theme Lead
  • Professor Phil Bennett
    Professor Phil Bennett
    Theme Lead, Reproductive & Early Life Health
  • Professor Zoltan Takats
    Professor Zoltan Takats
    Professor of Analytical Chemistry
  • Dr David MacIntyre
    Dr David MacIntyre
    MRC-CDA Fellow & Lecturer in Reproductive Systems Medicine