Blood test predicts if false labor is headed for delivery room

White cell count, gene markers offer insights into urgency of preterm contractions

By Nathan Seppa, 11:37 AM May 15, 2014

A blood test may be able to discern false labor from the real thing, an international team of researchers reports May 14 in PLOS ONE. False labor is marked by preterm contractions that stop short of true labor, allowing the pregnancy to continue. But about 5 percent of women with early contractions do go into labor and deliver within 10 days, the authors note.

It can be hard to predict which women are truly in labor because half of women who have preterm contractions can’t undergo the standard...

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