A team of researchers led Jan Brosens of the Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick published new data that could prove vital for advances in the care of women who suffer from recurrent miscarriages.
The researchers, under Brosens, found that elevated uterine natural killer cells (known as NK cells) in the lining of the womb indicate deficient production of steroids, which leads to reduce formation of the fats and vitamins that are essential for pregnancy nutrition. Up until now, scientists had been uncertain about how these NK cells could contribute to a miscarriage. However, the current research, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism is the first of its kind to provide an explanation of how high levels of NK cells can cause a miscarriage in women.
Siobhan Quenby, Professor of Obstetrics at Warwick Medical School, explained the importance of the groundbreaking research performed by saying, “This work is really exciting because after years of controversy and doubt we have a crucial breakthrough. This means, quite simply, that we have excellent scientific justification for steroid-based treatment to prevent miscarriage.”
While there were no plans revealed for follow-up studies to test how steroid-based treatments could help prevent women from miscarrying, there is no doubt that the incredible findings will pave the way for research to come.
Do you think the research will help prevent miscarriages?