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Linking bacterial signatures and preterm birth

Linking a bacterial signature and preterm birth

A new WIRF study which will use a pregnant woman’s bacterial signature to identify those at risk of preterm birth is set to benefit the millions of infants and families worldwide who will potentially suffer from this complication of pregnancy.

The Preterm Birth Prevention Study will look at the presence of four specific bacteria in the uterus and cervix in mid pregnancy to identify women who are likely to deliver early and subsequently be treated by a simple antibiotics and probiotics program.

Watch the Sunrise interview with Professor John Newnham here or read our media release.

Number of babies born preterm each year worldwide.

Number of deaths due to preterm birth worldwide each year.

Cost of immediate care for a premature baby with a birth weight of less than 750 grams.

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