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New simple cost effective test may predict onset of Pre eclampsia


New simple cost effective test may predict onset of Pre eclampsia
New simple test that may predict Pre eclampsia has been developed by scientists.
Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Perth Western Australia  have developed a  simple, low-cost test to predict  Pre eclampsia. The new research has been published in the EPMA Journal.

Pre eclampsia is a deadly pregnancy condition that kills 76,000 women and half a million babies each year, mostly in developing countries.Preeclampsia can cause devastating complications for women and babies, including brain and liver injury in mothers and premature birth.

Survey gives early warning

ECU researchers assessed the health status of 593 pregnant Ghanaian women using the Suboptimal Health Questionnaire.

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The Suboptimal Health Questionnaire was developed in 2009 by Professor Wei Wang from ECU’s School of Health and Medical Sciences. Combining scores for fatigue, heart health, digestion, immunity and mental health, the questionnaire provides an overall ‘suboptimal health score’ that can help predict chronic diseases.

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Professor Wang’s PhD candidate Enoch Anto found that 61 per cent of women who scored high on the questionnaire went on to develop preeclampsia, compared with just 17 per cent of women who scored low.

When these results were combined with blood tests that measured women’s calcium and magnesium levels, the researchers were able to accurately predict the development of preeclampsia in almost 80 per cent of cases.

Mr Anto said preeclampsia was very treatable once identified, so providing an early warning could save thousands of lives.

“In developing nations, preeclampsia is a leading cause of death for both mothers and babies. In Ghana, it’s responsible for 18 per cent of maternal deaths,” Mr Anto said.

“But it can be treated using medication that lowers blood pressure once diagnosed.

“Both blood tests for magnesium and calcium and the Suboptimal Health Questionnaire are inexpensive, making this ideally suited to the developing world where preeclampsia causes the most suffering.”

For further reference log on to:

http://www.ecu.edu.au/




Source: Edith Cowan University

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