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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Another Placental Secret Unlocked

The reasons for miscarriage are many and complex. Early pregnancy miscarriage (defined as before 20 weeks of pregnancy or a fetus weighing less than 500 grams) causes fall into two very broad categories: fetal factors and factors in the mom. Most miscarriages are very early in pregnancy, in the chemical pregnancy stage at which time it cannot be determined. Just over two thirds of all miscarriages are before they are clinically detectable. Overall blood studies of the HCG determines that about 50% of fertilized eggs do not make it to a live birth. The HCG test can determine a lot about the heath of the baby, but it is not a good test to predict miscarriage. yet researchers at the Imperial College London, United Kingdom has determined that low blood levels of the peptide kisspeptin during their first trimester of pregnancy are significantly more likely to miscarry, in their new study shows.Kisspeptin is made by the placenta. The study was presented at  ICE/ENDO 2014, where he presented the research, Dr. Abbara said their study is the first to show that a plasma kisspep. Commenting on that study was colleague from my former teaching post, when asked by Medscape Medical News about the work, Ann Nardulli, PhD, a researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, said: "It looks like we may have another marker to tell us whether there's a healthy pregnancy." If this test's findings are confirmed, this then is a placental secret we would all want to share in.

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