Overlooked Immune Cells Trigger Preterm Labor

New Insights Could Help Reduce Premature Births

BY BRANDON LEVY

Any baby born less than 37 weeks after conception is considered premature, but not all premature births have the same root cause. In a new study, IRP researchers have detailed how a particular component of the immune system can trigger premature labor, which could help doctors prevent more preterm births.1

Preterm labor is the leading cause of infant death worldwide. Premature babies are at greater risk for a wide array of health problems, including developmental delays, learning disabilities, and issues with vision, hearing, and breathing. The United States has a particularly high rate of preterm births among first-world countries, with roughly one in ten infants born too early.