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Measuring concentrations of certain biomarkers in vaginal secretions may provide a way to assess risk of preterm birth, researchers found.

Levels of tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (TIMP-1), a protein that may play a role in pregnancy, and D-lactic acid in a womans vaginal secretion could possibly determine if a woman was at risk of preterm birth due to a short cervix, reported Larry Forney, PhD, of the University of Idaho in Moscow, and colleagues in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

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