Treatment of Preterm Labour
A novel method for preventing Pre-term Labor by inhibiting the pro-inflammatory immune response, mediated by fetal DNA
13 million preterm infants (before 37 weeks) are born annually1. In developed countries preterm labour resulting in delivery represents the vast majority of those infants that die within the 1st month of life.
No discovery made in the last 20 years, has resulted in a decrease in the premature birth rate.
No treatment currently available has been shown to stop or reverse the process.
Strikingly, in North America the preterm birth rate has increased from 7% in the 1980s to an all time high of 12.9% in 2008.
Researchers: Prof Luke O’Neil, Dr Andrea Scharfe Nugent, Dr John O’Leary, Dr Sean Daly