World Prematurity Day

Posted by Tracy Hendershott on Nov 16, 2018 9:00:00 AM
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On November 17th, 2018, we celebrate World Prematurity Day with March of Dimes. According to March of Dimes, "Premature birth is the leading cause of death in children under the age of five worldwide. Babies born too early may have more health issues than babies born on time, and may face long-term health problems that affect the brain, the lungs, hearing or vision."

This day raises awareness of the serious health crisis of premature birth, and how we should help to draw attention to the life-saving research, treatments and community support made possible when we work together.


World Prematurity Day at Eurofins Central Laboratory

An estimated 15 million babies are born too early each year - this is more than 1 in 10 babies. Approximately 1 million children die each year due to complications associated with pre-term birth. Many survivors face a lifetime of disability, including learning disabilities and visual and hearing problems. 

For those in the BioPharma industry that are dedicating their professional careers to eliminating cases of Spontaneous Preterm Birth (SPTB), studies have validated alpha fetoprotein, CRP and IL-6 as predictor biomarkers of high-risk.

At Eurofins Central Laboratory, we have high sensitivity assays for both CRP and IL-6, as well as bioanalytical method validated hs-CRP assay for your clinical trial activity. Please reach out to our Scientific Team here and we can begin the conversation of collaboration on upcoming research!



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