A New Molecule is Found to Prevent Preterm Birth (image) University of Montreal Share Print E-Mail Caption Premature births are intimately linked with inflammation of the uterine tissue, a biological response which induces contractions and preterm labor. In their search for a mean to prevent this phenomenon and complications related to deliveries occurring before 37 weeks of gestation, researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and University of Montreal discovered an agent that shows efficacy in inhibiting inflammation and preventing or delaying uterine contractions and premature delivery in murine models -- without adversely affecting the fetus or the mother. This discovery is a giant step towards preventing prematurity. Credit A new molecule is found to prevent preterm birth. Image does not depict child involved in study. Image credit: Sarah Hopkins. BY NC ND 2.0 https://flic.kr/p/62pmxK Usage Restrictions Respect terms of CC licence. Note this image does not illustrate a child involved in the study. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.