Tel Aviv University researchers have found the molecular biomarkers in the blood for preeclampsia – a condition during pregnancy that can impact blood flow to the fetus and is a common cause of maternal deaths.
Writing for The Jerusalem Post, Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports on this breakthrough discovery:
Their work – led Dr. Noam Shomron and Prof. Moshe Hod and conducted by Liron Yoffe of TAU’s Sackler School of Medicine and in collaboration with Prof. Kypros Nicolaides of King’s College in London – could lead to an early diagnostic blood test. . .
“Up to 8% of pregnant women may contract preeclampsia during their second or third trimester,” Shomron said. “This is a serious disease that endangers the health, sometimes even the lives, of the mother and the fetus. We don’t know what causes it, but preeclampsia, if caught in time, has a simple and proven remedy – low doses of aspirin administered from the 16th week until the end of pregnancy.”