Stillbirths Reduction: Placenta Holds the Key

by VR Sreeraman on November 17, 2007 at 6:18 PM
Stillbirths Reduction: Placenta Holds the Key

A better understanding of the way the placenta works could help reduce the number of stillbirths, according to a leading medical journal. A paper published in the latest issue of The Lancet says the development of new methods of screening and a better understanding of the functioning of the placenta are crucial to curbing stillbirths.

Stillbirth is defined as the death of a baby in late pregnancy - that is, at or after 22 weeks or more of gestation. It is the most common cause of death of an otherwise healthy baby, affecting one in 200 pregnancies.


While other parameters involving foetal health have improved dramatically over the past couple of decades, stillbirth rates have remained constant or have even slightly increased in recent years.

The paper by Gordon Smith of the Cambridge University and Ruth Fretts of the Harvard Medical School says one reason for this could be that the basic components of antenatal screening for the condition have remained largely unchanged over the past 40 years.

Evaluations of more high-tech methods, such as scanning in the last trimester of pregnancy, have failed to show improved outcomes.

The authors say more than 50 percent of stillbirths are likely to be related to abnormal functioning of the placenta.

They argue that an improved understanding of the science behind placental function may lead to new methods of screening that are capable of identifying those most likely to experience stillbirth.

Source: IANS
Font : A-A+



Recommended Readings

Latest General Health News

First Human Case of Rare Swine Flu Strain H1N2 Found in UK
Swine influenza A viruses, including subtypes H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2, are prominent among pigs and sporadically transmit to humans.
Unraveling the Mystery Respiratory Illness in US Dogs
The microorganism "is a newly identified potential disease-causing agent, possibly originating from or evolving within the dog's microbiome."
Why Red Wine Cause Headache?
Flavanol naturally present in red wine can compromise the proper metabolism of alcohol and lead to a headache.
Raw Meat Raises Antibiotic-Resistant E.Coli Risk in Dogs
To reduce bacterial risks, pet owners can switch to a non-raw diet or obtain quality raw meat for cooking before feeding dogs.
U.S. Men Die 6 Years Earlier Than Women- A Review on Life Expectancy Gap
Since 2010, the gender gap in life expectancy in the US has increased to six years because of the pandemic, accidents, opioid overdoses, injuries, and suicide.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Stillbirths Reduction: Placenta Holds the Key Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests