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Wed, Jan 08

Premature birth may be triggered by bacteria

A major cause of premature birth occurs when where a pregnant woman’s water breaks too soon, triggering labor. A recent study at the Duke University School of Medicine suggests this event may be caused by specific types of bacteria. Researchers found high numbers of bacteria at the location of ruptures in membranes that surround a developing fetus. If bacteria are the cause rather than a consequence of membrane rupture, researchers may be able to screen and treat women at risk. Read More