Premature birth and the microbiome

About one in 10 babies is born prematurely. Most premature births are due either to infection or unknown causes. Recently scientists have started to think that mothers’ microbiomes – the bacteria that live, with no ill effects on and within us – contribute to premature births and in this article Lindsay A. Parnell, from Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, led a team of researchers looking into this issue. The researchers looked at the latest research on the links between premature birth and the bacteria in mothers’ intestines, vagina, cervixes and placentas and the article describes the most commonly-used ways of analysing people’s microbiomes.

You can read an abstract of this article here.

Advertisements

About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s