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Preventing brain injury in premature babies

Research date: 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2020
Grant amount: £141,949.00

In the UK, around 61,000 babies are born prematurely each year and sadly, more than 1,000 will die.1-7 Children who survive can experience lifelong conditions such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, blindness and hearing loss. Evidence suggests that bacteria can pass into the womb and trigger inflammation, which can cause early labour and damage...

Developing a new test to identify women at risk of premature birth

Research date: 1 October 2018 - 30 September 2020
Grant amount: £200,000.00

In the UK, more than 61,000 babies are born prematurely – before 37 weeks of pregnancy – each year and sadly, more than 1,000 will die.1-7 Children who survive can experience lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, blindness and hearing loss. Although the causes of preterm birth are often not understood, one factor...

Premature birth: helping babies whose early arrival has put them at risk of future anxiety

Research date: 1 March 2018 - 28 February 2021
Grant amount: £185,999.00

Estimates suggest around 15,500 babies are born very early, before 32 weeks of pregnancy, each year in the UK.1-5 Babies who are born this early are thought to be nearly twice as likely as other babies to have problems with anxiety during adolescence.6 Anxiety can leave children feeling scared or embarrassed, for example, or cause physical symptoms like...

Premature birth: delaying early labour

Research date: 1 March 2016 - 1 November 2019
Grant amount: £189,886.00

Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK.1-5 Tragically, around 1,200 of these babies die4-6 Many others who survive a very early birth develop lifelong disabilities. Treatment with a hormone called progesterone can reduce a woman’s risk of giving birth early, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Professor Mark Johnson, of...

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BORN TOO SOON: Our fight for babies like Freya

Posted: 10 September 2018 09:49 am
More than 61,000 babies are born prematurely every year in the UK.We believe that only by investing in research can the devastation caused by premature birth and other pregnancy complications be stopped. That’s why we’ve launched our BORN TOO SOON campaign. Steph’s pregnancy had been completely low risk until she...

A test to predict risk of premature birth

Posted: 26 March 2018 11:43 am
Research funded by Action has made important steps towards developing a blood test that could be used in early pregnancy to identify women who are at high risk of going into labour too soon. Research Training Fellow Dr Joanna Cook has been investigating the role of naturally occurring substances called microRNAs, which seem to be involved in...

Born too soon – a little boy’s battle to survive

Posted: 26 March 2018 10:24 am
When Jack was born more than three months early, his parents were told he had a fifty-fifty chance of surviving. After a traumatic start, he has made remarkable progress. But he continues to face health issues as he grows up, as his mum Jenny explains. “Jack is inquisitive – very inquisitive!” says his proud mum Jenny. “He asks...

Our impact: Mapping babies’ brains to predict and prevent future problems

Posted: 12 September 2017 11:21 am
Mapping babies’ brains to predict and prevent future problems Premature babies are at increased risk of developing disabilities but it is difficult to know which are most likely to be affected. Action funding has helped to develop a computer-aided tool to read MRI brain scans and identify abnormal development in newborn babies. Having a baby...

Help save tiny lives

Posted: 11 September 2017 16:27 pm
In the UK alone, around 61,000 babies are born prematurely each year and tragically more than 1,000 babies die each year after being born too soon, making premature birth the biggest killer of babies in the UK. It is also a leading cause of disability in those children who survive. Despite the enormous impact on babies and their families, research into...
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