[Press and Public Relations] Birth Study Hope



January 2002

No 10

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.

Approximately 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.

Contact details for Professor Taylor and Sara Kenyon are:


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