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Dr Miriam Stoppard: Rapid pre-eclampsia test can save lives and complications

Every year 23,000 pregnant women in Britain suffer this ­potentially deadly condition that’s notoriously difficult to ­diagnose because some symptoms – such as high blood pressure, swollen feet, headaches and nausea – are also common in normal pregnancies. Pre-eclampsia, which is caused by a malfunction within the placenta, occurs in the second half of pregnancy… Read More »

Blood test can diagnose fetal genetic disorders early in pregnancy

Genetic disorders can be detected early in pregnancyNEIL BROMHALL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY By Sam Wong A new test allows doctors to diagnose genetic disorders in fetuses early in pregnancy by sequencing small amounts of fetal DNA in the mother’s blood. Non-invasive prenatal tests are already available for chromosome disorders such as Down’s syndrome. Two years ago,… Read More »