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Scientists have created an iOS app to determine preterm birth

A group of scientists from the Royal College in London has developed an iPhone app that allows you to evaluate the risks of premature birth. The study is published in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Specialists conducted a series of experiments to involve the 1631 woman. 1249 patients were under constant supervision in clinics in high risk for preterm birth. After analyzing data on the progress of pregnancy and the results are every woman’s specialists have developed an application QUiPP.

The algorithm of the application takes into account three parameters: the length of cervix, previous pregnancies and the concentration of fetal fibronectin is a protein present in amniotic fluid. Its presence in cervico-vaginal fluid may indicate readiness for childbirth.

“The more accurately we can predict the risk of preterm birth, the more likely we will be able to provide the woman and her child a safe birth. Hospitalized women are most at risk, to prescribe steroids and treatment will be possible only in cases where it is really necessary”, — said the developers.

QUiPP is distributed free of charge through the App Store. More elaboration can be found in the journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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