November 24, 2008
The Background on Labor Contractions
New insight into what happens to the uterus muscles during pregnancy may offer a therapy for preterm labor, the most serious complication of pregnancy in developing countries.
During pregnancy, the muscles in the uterus are relatively inactive. When a woman goes into labor, the body is activated to produce strong contractions. Researchers at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, N.H., have uncovered new information about the priming of uterine muscles for contraction.
SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2008
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