Saturday, November 18, 2006

Multiple Miscarriages Linked to Gene

Austrian researchers may have uncovered why some of these remaining women miscarry: It's genetic. Given this new finding, reported in the August issue of Human Reproduction, infertility experts can look for new treatments for this devastating problem.

The researchers compared 105 who had recurrent miscarriages to 91 postmenopausal women who had given birth at least twice and never had a miscarriage. They found that the women who had miscarried were more likely to carry the NOS3 gene variation.

Interestingly, drugs that help improve blood flow to the uterus or decrease the likelihood of blood clotting are already used to treat recurrent miscarriage. This research helps explain why this approach works.

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