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