You all know that I am passionate about the accurate diagnosis and treatment of preeclampsia so you can imagine how excited I am about â€œCongo Red.â€
Â According to anÂ article in USA Today, researchers have created a test called â€œThe Congo Red Dotâ€ (CRD) test that can potentially save lives by detecting preeclampsia earlier in pregnant women.der text
The article cites the studyâ€™s author as stating, “Our findings will have a huge impact on the health of women and children,” said Dr. Kara Rood, lead study author and maternal-fetal medicine physician at the Wexner center in a news release. “The challenge is that itâ€™s a progressive disease and not everyone progresses at the same time. Some women can have the disease for weeks before having symptoms, whereas other women can progress to a dangerous level within days.â€
See the findings in Lancetâ€™s E-Clinical Medicine here -Â https://www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(19)30025-2/fulltextÂ .
While the test still has at least 2 years before it might be available, the good news is that there are researchers working hard to identify preeclampsia early. Â Just thinking about the number of lives that will be saved gives me goosebumps.
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