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Hormone therapy may prevent many premature births

The March of Dimes, CDC and NIH recommend that women with a history of preterm delivery should receive weekly injections of a hormone derivative of progesterone. Women should be less than 20 weeks pregnant and have only one fetus. Studies have shown that this hormone therapy can reduce the risk of preterm delivery by up to 34% and thus could have prevented about 10,000 preterm births in the US. One in eight (470,000) US babies are born preterm each year. The hormone works by relaxing the uterine muscles and thus preventing early contractions. It is also being investigated if the hormone may benefit other high-risk women such as those with multiple births or first time mothers with other risk factors.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by CBS News

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About: Hormone therapy may prevent many premature births

Date: 31 January 2005

Source: CBS News

URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/31/health/webmd/main670506.shtml

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