I wanted to pass along a statement by March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart on a new prematurity research breakthrough:
We have some GREAT news: A substantial DNA analysis of pregnant women, out today in the New England Journal of Medicine, may lead to new ways to prevent preterm birth. This is one of the most exciting research discoveries we've ever had in our search to find the unknown causes of preterm birth, the leading cause of death among children under five worldwide. It has the potential to lead to diagnostic tests, new medications and improved dietary supplements that could prevent women from going into preterm labor and save more babies from the death and disability caused by preterm birth. This will be a launching pad for deeper research, some of which has already begun. With the support of our community and people like you, the March of Dimes was proud to be able to help fund this study — read more about the potentially life-saving results of this research. One of the reasons preterm birth has been such a difficult problem to solve is that, as I'm sure you're aware, we don't know what causes more than 50 percent of preterm births. It's an extremely challenging problem, and today's study is the first to provide some insight into the genetic factors that might cause preterm birth. More than 50,000 pregnant women around the globe participated in this study, which is at least five times as many as in any previous study. It's the result of tremendous effort on the part of our research team and the generosity of so many women, and drives home the point that our brilliant doctors and researchers are only ever limited by resources, not by ideas. We've all been in this fight against prematurity together, and I think today might finally be a turning point.
Stacey D. Stewart President March of Dimes
Awesome news! Another step closer to ending preterm birth!
This is exciting ground breaking news in our mission to find a cure to Prematurity! So proud to be a part of this organization.
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