Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Study: Beta interferons linked to low birth weight, miscarriages

From an article about the Toronto-based study:
The study involved 64 pregnancies in 46 women. Some of these women were taking beta interferon during pregnancy, others had stopped drug treatment one month prior to conception and a third group comprised healthy women not on drug therapy.

"The women who received the beta interferon had more miscarriages," Koren says. "And the babies that were born were substantially smaller."

Only 55 per cent of pregnancies in the beta interferon group resulted in live births, compared with 81 per cent in the group that had stopped drug therapy before conception, and 90 per cent in the healthy group.

Link to article at Macleans.com.
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