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Web Date: August 5, 2011

Spotting The Tiniest Babies

Clinical Diagnostics: Metabolites in mothers’ blood during early pregnancy could reveal growth-restricted fetuses
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: fetal growth restriction, pregnancy, tissue engineering, metabolites

Babies who are born abnormally small carry increased risks of hypoxia, hypoglycemia, and even death. These babies also are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes later in life. Now researchers have uncovered a chemical signature in the blood of pregnant women that appears early in pregnancy and can predict whether a baby will have an extremely low birth weight (J. Proteome Res., DOI: 10.1021/pr2002897). The researchers say the metabolite signature opens the . . .

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