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New blood test predicts preterm birth

The new blood test represents a great step forward in the diagnosis and treatment of preterm birth.

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Premature birth is the main cause of child-related mortality in the developed world, and is associated with up to 75 per cent of newborn disease. To better diagnose and treat this condition, researchers at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute have recently developed the most accurate blood test to date for predicting preterm birth as early as 17 weeks of pregnancy.

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