Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 March 2017
News updated at 7:03 PM IST

Joint study on preterm birth launched

Kalyan Ray, New Delhi, Sep 3, 2014, DHNS:
Six government-funded research institutes and hospitals on Tuesday jointly initiated a multi-institute study to understand the underlying causes of preterm birth, which kills 300,000 babies every year – the highest in the world.

Launched with support from the Department of Biotechnology, the Rs 48 crore study would investigate about 800-1000 cases of preterm birth in women in and around Gurgaon. “We seek to identify physical, environmental and biological factors behind preterm birth and do the risk stratification,” Shinjini Bhatnagar, the project’s coordinating scientist from Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Gurgaon told Deccan Herald.

Globally, preterm birth that takes place before the mother has been pregnant for at least 37 weeks, is the single largest cause of neonatal deaths.

In India, among the total 27 million babies born annually, 3.6 million babies are born preterm, and over 300,000 of these preterm babies die each year because of associated complications.

India has the highest number of preterm births and the highest number of preterm deaths worldwide, contributing 25 per cent of the overall global preterm related deaths. The effects of such premature births extend beyond the early infancy with have several long-term complications in late childhood and adult life.

A major reason for scientists’ inability to reduce the burden of preterm birth is that the causes of preterm birth are not fully understood. It is likely caused by a combination of physical, environmental and biological factors, even though biological factors appear to be the predominant causes that predispose a woman to deliver babies preterm.

“The studies available are snap shot, which do not provide a systematic long-term view. While some factors are known, many facets of preterm birth are unknown,” she said.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Crime Branch officials display seized silver worth rupees 90 Lakh at a press conference in Thane...

Crime Branch officials display seized silver worth rupees 90 Lakh at a press conference in Thane...

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez during an event in Mumbai...

Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez during an event in Mumbai...

An oil tanker catches fire at a petrol pump in Nongrim Hills, Shillong...

An oil tanker catches fire at a petrol pump in Nongrim Hills, Shillong...

Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama interacts with Australian cricket team captain Steve...

Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama interacts with Australian cricket team captain Steve...

Medical students form the sign of 'TB' as they observe World Tuberculosis Day in Shimla...

Medical students form the sign of 'TB' as they observe World Tuberculosis Day in Shimla...

Renowned Kathak dancer Jayanti Mala performing at the Taj Mahotsav in Agra...

Renowned Kathak dancer Jayanti Mala performing at the Taj Mahotsav in Agra...

Members of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) show placards during a protest...

Members of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) show placards during a protest...

Actor-Director Pooja Bhatt with 82-year-old Chandro Tomar popularly known as Revolver Dadi...

Actor-Director Pooja Bhatt with 82-year-old Chandro Tomar popularly known as Revolver Dadi...

A view of the Yadiyuru Lake in Bengaluru...

A view of the Yadiyuru Lake in Bengaluru...

The 485 km long Manali-Leh strategic road being cleared of snow by Border Road Organisation...

The 485 km long Manali-Leh strategic road being cleared of snow by Border Road Organisation...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523