SYDNEY, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Australian doctors confirm that women who miscarry have a significantly reduced level of a protein found in the placenta.
The results in an Australian study raised hopes of treatment for women who miscarry repeatedly, the Telegraph of London said.
The study of 400 women found that levels of the protein in those who miscarried were on average 70 percent lower than in those whose pregnancies proceeded normally.
One in five first pregnancies in Britain is lost to miscarriage. Among women who have a miscarriage, 20 per cent will experience another. Miscarriage rates are higher in women over 40.
The researchers from the Monash Institute of Medical Research and St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney established the link between reduced protein levels and miscarriage last year.
Their new, expanded study indicates that the protein is important in enabling the placenta to attach itself to the lining of the womb.