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MORE Invention of the Decade : Scientists find the ‘safest way’ to treat placenta problems during pregnancy!

Invention of the Decade : Scientists find the ‘safest way’ to treat placenta problems during pregnancy!

Good news! Doctors have discovered the first ever foolproof way to send medication into the placenta.


By Lafdatv - February 15, 2018



Good news! Doctors have discovered the first ever foolproof way to send medication into the placenta. This new discovery might lead to avoidance of premature delivery and common complications during pregnancy.

Studies says that about 10% of pregnant women face severe complication in their pregnancy due to the malfunctioning of placenta. There was no direct way to treat placenta, and indirect treatment has high possibilities of harming the baby. So, this new way of introducing drugs without harming the foetus could treat such problems in placenta functioning.

A team of researchers from all around the world conducted this study to found a way to send drugs to the placenta for strengthening it. This would give a break to all those unnecessary complications during pregnancy. Peptides are already used to treat tumours. And Since tumours and placenta have many similarities, these peptides can be used to target drugs directly into the placenta without passing it to the other parts of the body.

Placenta plays an important role during pregnancy as it provides the baby with enough nutrition. It acts as a kidney for the baby as it removes the harmful substances from the blood and delivers it to the baby via umbilical cord. Placenta is also responsible for easy transmission of oxygen to the baby.

Currently, when a placenta is not working or growing properly, doctors are left with no other option than to induce labour. This inducing drug, though life-saving, increases possibilities of infection, diabetes, heart diseases and many other problems. But now, with the help of peptides, placentas can be strengthened, leading to the safer environment for the baby. These peptides are like the growing hormones for the placentas.

This study was conducted on mice to test if these growth hormones are worth using for the treatment of placenta. The nano-particles coated with peptide did not cause any harm to the foetuses of normal size but they led to the small ones growing larger.


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