Obstetricians say they may have discovered a powerful new solution to the dramatic rise in premature births over the last two decades. The study released today showed the hormone progesterone prevented premature births in 34 percent of the women who received the therapy through weekly injections.
The findings are significant because babies born prematurely require costly medical care and are at increased risk for neurological, hearing and behavioral problems.
Doctor Paul Meis of Wake Forest University presented the results in San Francisco at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He said the treatment was found to be so effective, doctors concluded their research early.