Mothers & Babies

Monday 28 July 2014

Aspirin may prevent miscarriage

Rebecca Smith

Published 28/06/2014|02:30

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Aspirin could prevent miscarriage
Aspirin could prevent miscarriage

Blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin could hold the key to treating a faulty gene that triggers miscarriages.

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Doctors at Care Fertility, a private provider of IVF treatment, have discovered that a faulty gene can cause miscarriage in the mother even when it is present in the father. The fault causes improper clotting. The gene, known as C4/M2, was present in 44pc of Care Fertility patients compared with just 15pc of the general population.

Prof Simon Fishel, the care body's managing director, said he believed it could be a major cause of recurrent miscarriage.

With treatment, he added, the number of couples having healthy babies increased to 38pc, a similar proportion to other infertility patients of the same age. The findings were published in the journal 'Reproductive Biomedicine Online'. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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