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  • Writer's pictureAadil Qayium

The statin that saves babies from stillbirth

Discovery could save pregnant women from potentially fatal high blood pressure condition.

A statin used to lower cholesterol could also save pregnant women from a potentially fatal high blood pressure condition. 

Experts hope the ground-breaking discovery will pave the way for a new treatment for pre-eclampsia, which is linked to one in 20 stillbirths.

The drug, Pravastatin, has been shown to reduce the effects of compounds that drive pre-eclampsia, which affects about five per cent of pregnant women.

The world’s first major trial into its use in women with the condition has been completed at centres across the UK. Meanwhile, new results from a small study in Australia show big improvements in patients prescribed the drug.

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