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Labor: True or False?

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Science  30 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5671, pp. 668
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5671.668

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Only half of the women who show signs of preterm labor actually deliver early. In others, contractions die out on their own. But doctors have no reliable way to tell who needs potentially toxic drugs to stop contractions and who doesn't.