A clue to preeclampsia? a new report.....

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A clue to preeclampsia? a new report.....

Postby angelical » Thu Feb 05, 2004 03:15 pm

http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/conditions/02/05/health.pregnancy.reut/index.html


Test may warn of pregnancy complication


BOSTON, Massachusetts (Reuters) --A test that looks for two proteins in the blood of pregnant women may herald the onset of preeclampsia, a serious complication that affects as many as one in 20 pregnancies in the United States, researchers said on Thursday.

Preeclampsia appears as a rise in blood pressure that can become deadly, and doctors have long sought a way to treat it or predict which women will develop the condition.

In the mother, preeclampsia can lead to seizures, kidney failure or stroke. It slows the growth of the fetus, can force the baby to emerge prematurely or kill the child.

The researchers behind the new test, led by Richard Levine of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland, said a premature rise in the level of one chemical, known as soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1, and an early fall in the level of another, placental growth factor, often came five weeks before any symptoms appeared.

However, the test on 240 women was not perfect. The same telltale chemical profile was not seen in all the women who developed preeclampsia, and some women who fit the profile never developed the problem.

In an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, where the study will be published next week, Caren Solomon and Ellen Seely of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said the new findings suggest that other, as-yet undiscovered factors probably have a more direct link to preeclampsia.

Doctors have proposed other tests to predict preeclampsia in the past, but these have ultimately turned out to be flawed.

The latest results were presented on Thursday at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in New Orleans.

Copyright 2004 Reuters.

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Re : A clue to preeclampsia? a new report.....

Postby lisac » Fri Feb 06, 2004 12:15 am

It seems like they've uncovered yet another piece of the puzzle. I can't wait to read the study next week. I wonder if the vast majority of the women studied had those protein/chemical changes.

Thanks for posting this. I noticed MSNBC is running the story as well.

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Re : A clue to preeclampsia? a new report.....

Postby denise » Fri Feb 06, 2004 07:33 pm

Thanks for posting this![:D]

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Re : A clue to preeclampsia? a new report.....

Postby taras mom » Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:55 pm

A similar article is on the LA Times Web site, and it goes into a little more detail: http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-eclampsia6feb06,1,6626247.story?coll=la-news-science.

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Re : A clue to preeclampsia? a new report.....

Postby danielle938 » Mon May 17, 2004 01:06 am

i heard that taking one asprin a day reduces the risk of pre-e????????is this true??

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Re : A clue to preeclampsia? a new report.....

Postby drea321 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 05:38 pm

This may be part of the same research...

http://my.webmd.com/content/article/81/97022.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}

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