Calling it "an exploratory study", the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology called the research "too premature to say anything about".
There's still a lot more work to do to validate this type of test before healthcare providers can use it. During pregnancy, cfRNA in the mother affects - and reflects - how far through development the fetus is. Preparing for an imminent birth can boost the survival rates of fragile infants.
A newly developed blood test can predict the gestational age and preterm birth risks of expecting mothers. So there is a great need for tests that can help predict early deliveries. At present, the test has a precision of about 45% in predicting a baby's birth time, compared with 48% of ultrasound in the first trimester of pregnancy. Ultrasound is expensive and not always feasible in low-resource settings, while maternal estimates may not be reliable. Estimates of menstrual periods can be imprecise.
Not knowing the exact number of weeks of a pregnancy means doctors may think a baby is overdue when it's not - and that can lead to unnecessary induction of labor, C-sections, extended postnatal care and increased medical expenses.
"For any country, the cost factor - socially, fiscally, medically - would be markedly reduced if there were to be such a technological methodology", said Gaither.
But what if there were a cheap way to predict a baby's birthday accurately, including the risk of a premature baby? "The first step in decreasing our premature births is identifying who is most at risk".
Murray getting closer to competitive return The former world number one has not played since he was knocked out of the Wimbledon quarter-finals last July due to a hip injury. Andy Murray in action at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon on 7 July 2017.
The test measures the activity of genetic material, called RNA, coming from the foetus, placenta and mother that ends up in the blood steam.
For the study, the team used blood samples collected during pregnancy to identify which genes gave reliable signals about gestational age and prematurity risk.
Stevenson, M.D., principal investigator at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University, describes the PCR-based tests, which can be carried out on a single blood sample, as effectively "eavesdropping on a conversation" among the mother, the fetus, and the placenta. Premature deliveries account for nine percent of births in the USA and are the leading cause of infant mortality in the country.
"We found that a handful of genes are very highly predictive of which women are at risk for preterm delivery", said Melbye, who is also president and CEO of the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen.
"This gives a super-high resolution view of pregnancy and human development that no one's ever seen before", Stanford postdoctoral scholar Thuy Ngo added.
For the study, the scientists studied 31 Danish healthy pregnant women.
A new blood test for pregnant women detects with 75-80 percent accuracy whether their pregnancies will end in premature birth.
After arriving at the palace, the royals assembled on the Buckingham Palace balcony to watch a fly-by by the Royal Air Force. The Queen received a rousing cheer from the crowds in the Mall as her procession went past.
Aware he was under investigation, Choy left his practice suddenly in June 2017, going to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, according to Hunt. Ries, who worked in vehicle dealerships, died on March 23, 2014 at his family's home in Hauppauge, Long Island.
That's when the leaders sit down for the start of two sessions on the economy, jobs for the future and creating inclusive growth. As night fell crowds gathered near the conference media centre, some of them burning G7 flags and assaulting journalists.
Trains began stopping at the Shinnecock Hills station on Thursday, to allow those wishing to visit the U.S. There's plenty of amenities on board like a Jacuzzi, theater and a gym all available to pass the time.
US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross , who announced the deal, reiterated a denial that there was any connection between the two. If you'll recall, last month ZTE was handed an export ban as the result of not following the terms of a court case years ago.
We've said it before and we'll say it again for those in the back: Jennifer Lopez can wear anything and still make it fashion . Although the singer didn't seem to bothered about the amount, she told Kimmel she has to "control them with the iPad's".
Last month's Sunday Times rich list valued Ratcliffe's wealth at £21.05bn - more than double Abramovich's £9.3bn valuation. The club refused to comment on Friday, stating only that Abramovich remains committed to a club he has owned for 15 years.
Love Island's Kendall Rae Knight has said she is gutted to be the first contestant to be dumped out of this year's series. Frustrated their relationship wasn't going anywhere, Adam confronted Kendall about why the distance was putting him off.
The event was attended by other senior royals including the Queen , Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge . The Queen cut a lonely figure as she attended Trooping the Colour alone, without Prince Phillip by her side.
Gennady Golovkin stripped of IBF belt
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Kanye West & Kid Cudi Release ‘Kids See Ghosts’
Kid Cudi returned the favor and appeared on West's album 808's & Heartbreak as well as his recent track " Ghost Town" from ye. All three pieces of the " Kids See Ghosts " collection are available for preorder on Kanye West's web store right now.
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead at age 61
Meanwhile, business analyst Darren Rovell tweeted , "Devastated to learn of Anthony Bourdain , whom I admired from afar". In light of this tragic development, a wide range of people have taken to social media to express their sadness.