Dr. Stephen Lye in the News

Jul 25, 2016

June 22, 2016 (Toronto) –  Blood test identifies women at risk of preterm delivery as early as 17 weeks of pregnancy.

Researchers in Calgary and Toronto have developed a blood test that detects if a pregnant woman is at risk of delivering her baby prematurely.

With an 86 per cent accuracy rate, the new test is more accurate than any existing procedures, said the Sinai Health System in a release.

The study was published this month in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed journal of the Public Library of Science.

The research was a joint project of Dr. Jan Heng (former post-doc at Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and currently at Harvard Medical School), from Harvard University, Dr. Stephen Lye at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute — part of Toronto's Sinai Health System — and Dr. Suzanne Tough at the University of Calgary.

"The fantastic thing that was found in this study is that the combination of clinical risk factors, and gene expression profiles, can help us better understand which women might be at risk of spontaneous preterm birth” Tough said.   

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