Home spit test to identify pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia kills up to 1,000 babies a year in the UK, but a home spit test is being developed which will help pregnant women identify if they are at risk.

Spit test may be more effective than traditional methods
Spit test may be more effective than traditional methods

According to Chemistry and Industry, the magazine of the Society of Chemical Industry, 1,000 women will be trialling this new test at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex.

The test monitors levels of urate, a salt of uric acid, in the saliva. Higher concentrations of urate are believed to be a marker for impaired kidney excretion in pre-eclampsia.

If the trials are successful, the spit test is expected to be more effective than current blood pressure and urine checks.

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