Actress Kym Marsh highlights need for more research into premature birth
10 November 2009
Action Medical Research is heartened to see Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh highlighting the urgent need for more research into preventing premature birth on ITV’s Tonight: Born Too Soon programme (shown on Monday 9 November).
This is an issue our charity is dedicated to tackling and our special appeal, Touching Tiny Lives, funds vital research to try and ensure that all babies, especially babies born prematurely, have the best possible start in life. So far this appeal has raised more than £4m to fund more than 40 high-quality medical research projects into premature birth, pregnancy complications, and the care of sick and vulnerable babies. But there is still so much work to do.
Around 50,000 babies are born too early in the UK each year, yet so little is known about what causes premature birth or how to prevent it. Our projects aim to improve understanding of the conditions that put babies at risk of an early birth and enable doctors to find new treatments.
More money is urgently needed to continue to fund this crucial work.