Facebook Pixel

Blocking Protein May Prevent Premature Labor

Rate This

Blocking a key protein may help prevent premature labor, say researchers at Imperial College London in Britain.

They found that when Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) detects bacterial infection in pregnant women, it triggers inflammation, which appears to induce premature birth, BBC News reported.

But the researchers said they found a way to turn off this reaction.

"We are excited about the findings of this research, as we have now discovered how to block a key pathway which leads to premature birth," lead researcher Professor Philip Bennett told BBC News. "Although more research needs to be done, we believe this is a step forward in the development of treatments to prevent premature birth."

Premature labor is the major cause of death and disability among babies.

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

Labor & Delivery

Get Email Updates

Labor & Delivery Guide

HERWriter Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!