Monday, September 11, 2006

Blood Tests Could Warn of Pregnancy Complication

Raised levels of two proteins may predict preeclampsia, study suggests

By Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- High blood levels of two proteins may tip doctors off to the development of preeclampsia, a dangerous and often unpredictable complication of pregnancy, U.S. researchers report.

"In general, you need high levels of both these proteins to get severe preeclampsia," said lead researcher Dr. Richard J. Levine, a senior investigator at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.

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