Professor David Taylor and Sara Kenyon in the University of Leicester's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reported the results of a major MRC funded trial - ORACLE - which showed that giving an inexpensive antibiotic, Erythromycin, to women with preterm rupture of the membranes prolongs and improves the health of babies. The babies had less respiratory, infectious and brain morbidity.
13 million babies worldwide are born preterm every year.
These babies are at risk from many problems including short term
breathing and feeding difficulties, infection and long term disabilities. 11,050
women took part in the trial which took place in 161 centres across the world,
constituting the largest perinatal trial to date.
details for Professor Taylor and Sara Kenyon are:
Professor Taylor - Tel: 0116 252 3161
Kenyon - Tel: 0116 252 3296
This document has been approved by the head of department or section.
If you are an authorised user you may edit this document through your Web browser.