UVM Researcher Studies Causes Of Pre-eclampsia

06/06/11 7:49AM By Mitch Wertlieb
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A researcher at the University of Vermont is trying to figure out why 5 to 10 percent of previously healthy women develop high blood pressure during the second half of pregnancy, leading to a dangerous condition known as pre-eclampsia that can be life-threatening for both the mother and her baby.

Right now, the only way to treat pre-eclampsia is to deliver the infant, which results in premature and low birth-weight babies.

University of Vermont researcher Dr. Ira Bernstein is conducting studies to solve the long-standing mystery as to exactly what causes pre-eclampsia, but he says the indicators for the disease are clear.

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