Premature Births Rise Slightly, First Uptick In 8 Years, March Of Dimes Reports

Forty weeks.

The medical field considers forty weeks, or nine months, as the perfect pregnancy. Babies born before this mark face the possibility of health complications that could last a lifetime. Yet, according to the latest data, more women are having their babies too soon.

The number of preterm births in the United States rose in 2015 for the first time in eight years, according to data presented Tuesday by the March of Dimes. The organization also reported that racial minorities continue to experience early labor at higher rates.

Palatin female sexual desire drug succeeds in trials; shares soar

By Bill Berkrot

A drug meant to boost the libido of pre-menopausal women distressed by lack of sexual desire met the main goals of a pair of late stage clinical trials, according to initial results released on Tuesday by its developer, Palatin Technologies Inc (PTN.A), and its shares rose 66 percent.

Palatin said the experimental drug, bremelanotide, demonstrated statistically significant improvement versus placebo on scales measuring levels of desire and distress in 24-week studies of more than 1,200 women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD).