News Archive - News on Premature Birth

PROTECT Researchers Find that Chemicals Detected at Higher Levels in Non-Hispanic Black Women Impact Preterm Birth Genes - March 31, 2022

PROTECT Reports Significant Associations between Heavy Metals and Matrix Metalloproteinases - March 8, 2022

PROTECT Study finds predictors of metals exposures which contribute to higher toxicity levels amongst Puerto Rican Women compared to US Population. - November 19, 2020

PROTECT Study finds that among metals, maternal blood lead concentrations were strongly associated with increased risk of preterm birth - May 11, 2020

PROTECT Study Finds Decrease in Phthalate Exposure Coincides with Increase in Phthalate Replacement Chemicals in PROTECT Cohort - May 6, 2020

PROTECT Study finds increased levels of flame retardant and plasticizing chemicals associated with the use of personal care products among pregnant women in Puerto Rico. - March 20, 2020

PROTECT Study links common chemicals to preterm births in Puerto Rico - October 2, 2019

Concentrations of phenols, parabens and triclocarbans appear in higher levels among Puerto Rico cohort compared to mainland U.S. - June 24, 2019

PROTECT Study intermediate report: associations between demographic risk factors and preterm birth in the first 1000 participants -

PROTECT study finds that chemicals found in many household consumer products were widely associated with hormone concentrations in pregnant women - June 14, 2019

Exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) among pregnant women may contribute to adverse birth outcomes - October 30, 2018

Elevated Levels of Triclocarban Associated with Soap Use in Puerto Rico - October 22, 2018

Welton granted NIEHS Award to Study Impacts of Traumatic Experiences & Prolonged Recovery due to Hurricane Maria on Preterm Birth Outcomes - September 27, 2018

March of Dimes 2017 Report Card Shows National Preterm Birth Rate Worsening for Second Year in a Row - November 3, 2017

March of Dimes 2016 Report Card Shows Preterm Birth Increasing Nationally while Decreasing in Puerto Rico - November 14, 2016

Premature birth now #1 killer of children under 5 years old - November 17, 2014

PROTECT Researchers at UPR receive grant to promote flu vaccination for pregnant women in Puerto Rico - December 11, 2013

December Highlight: PROTECT publishes new findings on Environmental Phthalate Exposure and Preterm Birth - November 21, 2013

U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act in Support of Preterm Birth Research - November 18, 2013

March of Dimes Releases 2013 Premature Birth Score Card - November 1, 2013

Air Pollution linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy - October 12, 2013

U.S. Senate passes PREEMIE reauthorization act in support of preterm birth research - September 30, 2013

PROTECT Research Highlighted on Puerto Rican TV News - April 12, 2013

Jose Cordero quoted in Fox News Article on Preterm Birth - November 19, 2012

World Prematurity Day - November 17, 2012

PREEMIE Act Reauthorization Bill Introduced In Senate, House - August 1, 2011

March for Babies brings PROTECT, March of Dimes, together - May 20, 2011

PROTECT researchers, work profiled in Puerto Rico’s largest newspaper - May 9, 2011

PROTECT featured in Engineering@Northeastern - November 30, 2010

Preterm birth rates improve in most states - November 23, 2010

Jose Cordero leads symposium on premature birth prevention strategies - September 10, 2010

PROTECT profiled by Associated Press - May 16, 2010

Chemicals May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births - July 10, 2009

Phthalates May Play a Role in Pre-Term Births - July 7, 2009