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Researchers at Queen's University are trying to find out if cheap, everyday drugs could save the lives of mothers and babies around the world

Researchers at Queen's University are trying to find out if cheap, everyday drugs could save the lives of mothers and babies around the world

Researchers at Queen's University are trying to find out if cheap, everyday drugs could save the lives of mothers and babies around the world

Researchers at Queen's University are trying to find out if cheap, everyday drugs could save the lives of mothers and babies around the world.

More than 13 million women a year are diagnosed with high blood pressure during pregnancy, with one in four going on to develop the potentially fatal pre-eclampsia, which, if not spotted, can kill both mother and baby.

Dr Jeremy Yongxin Yu and his team have been awarded a $250,000 grant to investigate if the condition can be treated with common drugs including aspirin, paracetamol or antibiotics.

Dr Yu described full-blown pre-eclampsia as a "health crisis" that kills 500,000 babies and 75,000 mothers each year, mostly in developing countries.

"It's important these drugs be cheap," he added. "The purpose is to come up with a treatment that can be used over the world. That way, we will not only be advancing knowledge but changing lives."

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