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Special Issue "Second Edition of Prediction and Prevention of Preterm Birth: Now and Future"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 161

Special Issue Editors

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea University Anam Hospital, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea
Interests: pregnancy; preterm birth; childbirth; fetal diseases; pelvic floor disorders; postpartum hemorrhage; abortion; stillbirth; pregnancy hypertension; gestational diabetes; placenta
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Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 03722, Republic of Korea
Interests: preterm labor; preterm premature rupture of membranes; cervical insufficiency; preeclampsia; gestational diabetes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The World Health Organization recently announced that urgent action is needed to deal with the about 15 million babies which are born too soon each year, especially as the preterm birth rate increases every year. This is absolutely essential, especially if we wish to meet the Millennium Development Goals for Child Survival since 2015, as 40% of deaths under 5 today occur in newborns, and if we want to provide added value for maternal health investment as well. For surviving babies, the risk of disability increases, putting strain on families and healthcare systems.

The best outcome can be drawn from the prediction and prevention of disease. Preterm birth is a multifactorial condition, and therefore, this will be solved through various studies on clinical, biological, and sociobehavioral aspects. For the last several decades, growing evidence has been identified regarding the causes of preterm birth; however, the pathogenesis still remains to be fully elucidated. This is the right time for multifaceted stakeholders, including pregnant women, healthcare providers, policy makers, opinion leaders, and industrial personnel, to discuss this difficult subject together. The scientific approach to solve preterm birth can be performed using various research tools, such as observational, experimental (clinical or basic), and translational designs, meta-analyses, and convergence innovation methods. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the present status and future of prediction and prevention in preterm birth. Original research and review papers regarding these topics will be accepted for this Special Issue, especially those combining multiple aspects of preterm birth.

Dr. Ki Hoon Ahn
Dr. JoonHo Lee
Guest Editors

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  • preterm birth
  • prediction
  • prevention
  • early diagnosis
  • perinatal outcomes
  • long-term impact
  • socioeconomic effect
  • pathogenesis

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