A QUANTITATIVE fetal fibronectin test that can accurately predict in 10 minutes how likely a woman is to go into preterm labour is now available in Australia and could be particularly useful in rural areas.
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THE risk of preterm delivery is not increased in asthmatic mothers according to new Australian research that contrasts with previous study findings. However, male and female babies born to mothers with asthma responded differently in-utero, with differences in fetal growth identified in the study. Researchers analysed the outcomes of 17,440 singleton pregnancies over four years in the Newcastle region of NSW. Asthma was a complicating factor in 12% of pregnancies. The incidence of preterm delivery, which earlier studies had identified as a risk to mothers with asthma was not significantly higher in the cohort studied (13% ...