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Saliva Test Spots Virus That Can Cause Hearing Loss in Newborns
Date:6/2/2011

ve a system in place for the collection of saliva. But we've shown that if you wanted to test a lot of babies for congenital CMV infection, it can be done."

Schleiss praised the study as "outstanding and meticulous." In regard to deafness, he said, the test could alert physicians to the potential for hearing loss in infected infants -- even if a newborn hearing test doesn't show any problems -- and allow doctors to give preventive drugs or provide hearing aids.

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For more on cytomegalovirus, try the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: Mark Schleiss, director, division of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology, University of Minnesota Medical School; June 2, 2011, The New England Journal of Medicine


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