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Researchers suggest that the receptors can control early labor contractions.

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An Immunological Timeline for Pregnancy

By Catherine Offord | September 1, 2017

A new study uses blood samples from pregnant women to track changes in the immune system leading up to birth, and predicts gestational age from the mothers’ immune signatures.

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Hormone Hangover

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | February 1, 2016

Medication to prevent prematurity in humans harms cognitive flexibility in rats.

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NIH Cleared of Tampering with Ethics Probe

By Bob Grant | September 18, 2014

Government auditors absolve the National Institutes of Health of wrongdoing in the case of its involvement in an ethics investigation of a study involving premature babies.

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Gut’s Earliest Bacterial Colonizers

By Kate Yandell | August 11, 2014

The pace at which bacterial groups take root in the gastrointestinal tracts of premature infants is more tied to developmental age than time since birth.

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Pregnancy Stress Spans Generations

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 7, 2014

The stressors a female rat experiences during pregnancy can have repercussions for her granddaughters, a study shows. 

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NIH Accused of Interfering with Ethics Probe

By Bob Grant | May 21, 2014

A watchdog group claims that the federal agency improperly influenced the investigation of a study involving the treatment of preterm infants.

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Characterizing the “Healthy” Vagina

By Jef Akst | May 19, 2014

The overly simplistic notion of a Lactobacillus-dominated vaginal microbiome is giving way to an appreciation of diverse and dynamic bacterial communities.

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Predicting Preterm Birth

By Tracy Vence | August 9, 2013

Two organizations team up in an effort to predict risk of premature birth using big data and genomics.

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Seasonality of Premature Birth

By Kate Yandell | July 9, 2013

Babies conceived in May have an elevated risk of being born early.

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