SCIENTISTS believe they may be able to prevent premature births after discovering that tissue around unborn babies can heal itself.

Damage to the foetal membrane causes many pre-term births and self-repair was believed rare.

Scientists believe they may be able to prevent premature births after discovering that tissue around unborn babies can heal itself
Scientists believe they may be able to prevent premature births after discovering that tissue around unborn babies can heal itselfCredit: Pexels

But tests on donated tissue show cells called myofibroblasts can do so.

Professor Anna David, of University College London Hospital said the finding was a “huge step” towards developing treatments to prevent some premature births.

She added: “Finding that the foetal membranes have this potential to heal is a huge step towards developing treatments for women with PPROM.

“It holds out hope that we may be able to delay or even prevent preterm birth, which will significantly improve baby outcomes.”

The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Source: Sun

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