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Microbe Mix May Play Role In Preterm Birth Risk
National Public Radio

The assortment of microbes in a pregnant woman’s vagina appears to play a role in her chances of giving birth prematurely, new research suggests. The study of 49 pregnant women, published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that those who had a diverse array of microbes were more likely to give birth prematurely. Though the study is small, the findings are the latest in a flood of new insights into the roles that microbes may play in human health.

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