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The vaginal microbiota as a predictor of the risk of premature delivery

The bacterial composition of the vaginal microbiota could be correlated to the risk of premature delivery. In this respect, women of African descent seem to be more at risk. The search for specific biomarkers could allow us to better anticipate and prevent such incidents.   With around 15...
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Is the heart of the fetus under the influence of its own gut microbiota?

An Italian team suggests that gut bacteria of the fetus could promote or hinder, depending on the species, cardiac growth of the future newborn. This is an additional parameter which should be taken into account for a healthy pregnancy.   The hypothesis of a sterile in utero environment w...
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Are placental bacteria involved in preterm birth?

The main cause of infant morbidity and mortality in the world is preterm birth; it affects 5% to 18% of pregnancies and represents a real public health issue. A British team has attempted to demonstrate the role of the placental microbiota in different types of premature birth.   Spontane...
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