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Electrode plaster predicts premature birth

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An electrode plaster could help nurses and midwives in the future predict premature birth without the use of invasive and uncomfortable techniques, it has been claimed.

The small plaster, which measures electrical impulses caused by uterine activity, was developed by PhD student Chiarra Rabotti at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

It could be available to clinicians within five years and could even be used to monitor pregnant women remotely.

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