Testing women for infections 'could prevent 1,000 premature births a year'
Article in the Telegraph
"Half of all early deliveries are caused by infections, according to Dr Ronnie Lamont, a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology at Imperial College London.
He said that screening mothers-to-be and giving them antibiotics if necessary could reduce the number of risky premature births.
His comments came after a study showed that infections are the cause of more early births than previously recognised.
In Britain around 80,000 babies a year are born before 37 weeks of age.
Of these, one in five, or around 17,000, needs intensive care to help them grow and fight off infections."