Rossendale Free Press



A NEW blood test can spot potentiall­y life-threatenin­g problems in pregnancy.

Genetic sequencing from a single blood sample was shown to predict pre-eclampsia, which affects one in 14 mums-to-be.

The condition reduces blood flow through the placenta, and can occasional­ly lead to stillbirth or even the mother’s death.

An internatio­nal team studied 1,840 pregnancie­s. Researcher­s developed a method which produced a seven-fold improvemen­t in predicting the condition compared to current methods, like ultrasound.

Senior author Professor Thomas McElrath, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, US, called it an “entirely new” monitoring method.

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A new blood test can spot pre-eclampsia

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