One of the most heartbreaking things about premature labor is that it is so difficult to stop. Once labor has begun, medications to halt it are often ineffective.
A research team at the UK's Newcastle University has begun researching what they hope will be a new way to stop premature labor. Their research is in its early stages, but preliminary studies show that the drug Trichostatin A, used to fight cancer, reduces uterine contractions.
No testing has been done to see if the drug can stop premature labor - the current study was done with uterine tissue in a laboratory - but these early results are certainly encouraging.