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Babies Given Fighting Chance by Lisa Posted Wed 30 May 2012 5:09am If you are pregnant and want to know if you have a primary cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, you can ask your OB/GYN for a blood test. In the past, however, there was little one could do with the results—even if they were positive. But now, there is currently a study underway to see if receiving CMV hyperimmune globulin (HIG) will prevent cong ... Read on »
Congenital CMV Conferences & International CMV/Betaherpesvirus Workshop by Lisa Posted Wed 10 Oct 2012 12:52pm CMV 2012 to be held in San Francisco, California from Monday October 29 through Friday November 2, 2012. In an effort to efficiently promote the advancement of CMV-based research and to develop novel research, clinical, and public health strategies broadly targeting CMV, the Congenital CMV Conference and the International CMV/Betaherpesvirus ... Read on »
Soap and Water Prevent Birth Defects by Lisa Posted Thu 11 Jun 2009 8:11pm Few women of child-bearing age realize that plain old soap and water can prevent the #1 viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). Although CMV causes more birth defects than Down syndrome, more than half of OB/GYNs surveyed admitted they don't routinely caution their patients how to avoid the virus (survey ... Read on »
Test Links Strains of Common Parasite to Severe Illness in U.S. Newborns by Medline Plus Posted Thu 12 Apr 2012 2:36pm Scientists have identified which strains of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, the cause of toxoplasmosis, are most strongly associated with premature births and severe birth defects in the United States. The researchers used a new blood test developed by scientists at the National ... Read on »
T.O.R.C.H. viruses and Pregnancy by Krystal Plonski Posted Wed 25 Apr 2012 1:50am T.oxoplasmosis O.ther R.ubella C.ytomegalovirus H.erpes Simplex Virus TORCH is an acronym for infectious diseases that affect pregnant women in such a way which can cause serious birth defects to an unborn fetus. The following paragraphs include a little blurb about each of these diseases… Toxoplasmosis is caused by ... Read on »
Letter to TV Producers about CMV--H1N1 Not Only Virus to Fear by Lisa Posted Sat 11 Apr 2009 3:33am The H1N1 virus (swine flu) isn't the only virus pregnant women need to guard against. Your audience would probably be interested to know how to protect their unborn children from the #1 viral cause of birth defects--congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus), which causes more birth defects than Down syndrome. Few women have heard of it and half of ... Read on »
Genetics Home Reference: Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome by Posted Mon 19 Jul 2010 11:49am On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Treatment Additional information Other names Glossary definitions Reviewed July 2010 What is Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome? Aicardi-Goutieres syndrome is a disorder that ... Read on »
Secondary CMV Infection by Lisa Posted Thu 11 Jun 2009 8:11pm Abbyterryjamesmom@VERIZON.NET writesI do not mean to start a panic, or be the bearer of bad news, however I am concerned that OBGYNs are simply repeating information they were taught in med school and are not current with the newer studies being done on CMV. During the past decade there have been several studies showing that secondary or recurren ... Read on »
Pregnant with CMV? by Lisa Posted Sat 26 May 2012 4:09am If you learned you have a primary cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection and are pregnant, there is currently a study underway to see if receiving CMV hyperimmune globulin (HIG) will prevent congenital CMV infection. If you are included in this current study, there is a 50% chance you will receive a placebo, because although HIG is promising, it i ... Read on »
Two Major Concerns in Autism by Poh Tin Tan Posted Wed 11 Jul 2012 1:27am From  Medscape Psychiatry Bret Stetka, MD; Fred Volkmar, MD Posted: 07/10/2012 Medscape: Hello Dr. Volkmar. A new CDC report  shows a 78% increase in ASD prevalence since 2002. How do you explain these findings? Do the data represent an actual increase, or rather increased diagnosis?Dr. Volkmar: A long ... Read on »