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Preterm Birth: Pathophysiology, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment


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1University Clinical Center Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

3University of Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Preterm Birth: Pathophysiology, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Description

Preterm birth before 37 gestational weeks is a major challenge in perinatal health care. Over the past 30 years, the incidence of preterm birth in most developed countries has been about 7-10 % of live births. The incidence of preterm birth in the United States exceeds 12% of all births, with rates of almost 18% in the non-Hispanic Black population. Among survivors, the prevalence of both short- and long-term morbidities, including respiratory disease, neurodevelopmental problems, and gastrointestinal disease, is estimated to be as high as 60%.

Several factors have contributed to the overall rise in the incidence of preterm birth. These factors include increased use of assisted reproduction techniques, increasing rates of multiple births, and more obstetric intervention. The diverse etiology of preterm birth makes prediction difficult. Identification of women at risk of preterm birth would be a key for its prevention. No sufficiently specific marker, however, has so far been found.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate efforts to understand the pathophysiology, gene environment interactions, primary and secondary prevention, diagnostic evaluation, and pharmacotherapy of premature birth. We are particularly interested in articles describing immunology of preterm birth and role of progesterone and progestin therapy in preterm birth.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The incidence of preterm births in developing countries
  • The prevention of preterm birth
  • Markers in prediction of preterm birth
  • The diagnosis and treatment of premature birth

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 417965
  • - Editorial

Preterm Birth: Pathophysiology, Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Igor Hudić | Babill Stray-Pedersen | Vajdana Tomić
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 123078
  • - Clinical Study

The Effect of Omega-3 Docosahexaenoic Acid Supplementation on Gestational Length: Randomized Trial of Supplementation Compared to Nutrition Education for Increasing n-3 Intake from Foods

Mary A. Harris | Melanie S. Reece | ... | Kenneth G. D. Allen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 185371
  • - Clinical Study

Adjunctive Pessary Therapy after Emergency Cervical Cerclage for Cervical Insufficiency with Protruding Fetal Membranes in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy: A Novel Modification of Treatment

Katarzyna Kosinska-Kaczynska | Dorota Bomba-Opon | ... | Miroslaw Wielgos
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 568042
  • - Research Article

Soluble and Endogenous Secretory Receptors for Advanced Glycation End Products in Threatened Preterm Labor and Preterm Premature Rupture of Fetal Membranes

Rafał Rzepka | Barbara Dołegowska | ... | Andrzej Torbé
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 845968
  • - Research Article

Increase in Preterm Birth during Demographic Transition in Chile from 1991 to 2012

Paulina López Orellana
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 978079
  • - Research Article

Preterm Birth: A Prominent Risk Factor for Low Apgar Scores

Maria Svenvik | Lars Brudin | Marie Blomberg
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 450309
  • - Review Article

Psychobiobehavioral Model for Preterm Birth in Pregnant Women in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Shahirose S. Premji | Ilona S. Yim | ... | MiGHT Group
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