Simple treatment cuts preterm births by 45 percent

Reuters – Treating high-risk pregnant women with the hormone progesterone cut their rate of premature delivery by 45 percent and helped lower the risk of breathing complications in their babies, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The late-stage study of the vaginal gel made by Columbia Laboratories Inc and Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc raises hopes for a simple way to prevent premature birth in women with a short cervix. Read article