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Urine test signals pregnancy problem

9:44am, January 25, 2005

Warning signs of preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy that often forces a premature delivery, are revealed through blood tests (SN: 5/10/03, p. 293: Available to subscribers at Preeclampsia Progress: Blood test for predicting pregnancy problems; 2/14/04, p. 100: Available to subscribers at Pregnancy Alert: Proteins may predict preeclampsia). Scientists now report that testing a woman's urine for falling concentrations of a hormone called placental growth factor (PlGF) can also tip off doctors to preeclampsia. These findings, if confirmed, suggest that pregnant women might someday have access to home kits that would alert them to get further tests, says Richard J. Levine of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.

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