Medical News – Prenatal Testing

In Japan, 89 hospitals offer a blood test for pregnant women to check if their fetus has  any chromosomal abnormalities.

Until March 3, 2018, The Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology ruled that such blood testing was for clinical study, but now the testing may be performed in general practice.

However, the tests will still cost approximately 200,000yen.

The full story can be found here:

Japan likely to have more hospitals offering prenatal test


Key vocabulary:

  1. abortion/termination of a pregnancy
  2. amniocentesis (Amniotic Fluid Test)
  3. chromosomal abnormalities
  4. clinical phase
  5. clinical study
  6. designated hospital
  7. Down Syndrome
  8. fetal abnormalities
  9. general practice
  10. hospital ethics board
  11. Obstetrics and Gynecology
  12. prenatal diagnosis
  13. prenatal test

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