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Magnesium could save hundreds of women's lives worldwide

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7350.1351/a (Published 08 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1351
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Magnesium sulphate injections have been shown to halve the risk of eclampsia in pregnant women and can save their lives, concludes a major clinical trial published in this week's Lancet (2002;359:1877-90).

    Over 10000 women from 33 countries, many of them in the developing world, took part in the three year, £2.5m ($3.7m; €3.9m) research study, funded by the UK Medical Research Council. All the women had pre-eclampsia. Half were randomly assigned to be given …

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