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  • America Has the Right Type of Mosquito for the Zika Virus

    Zika Virus Infection Less Dangerous During Third Trimester

    Finally some good news about the Zika virus. Infection during the third trimester of pregnancy appears to not cause serious harm to the developing baby. The Zika virus has previously been shown to attack fetal brain cells, causing severe birth defects. A new report published in the New English Journal of Medicine finds that maternal […] More

  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Placentitis

    Cytomegalovirus (CMV Virus) and Pregnancy

    Cytomegalovirus, or the CMV virus, is a common virus in the herpes virus family that infects individuals of all ages. CMV is a common viral infection, especially among young children. The virus spreads from person to person through bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, mucus, urine, semen, and breast milk. Infection with CMV after birth […] More

  • Drinking Water and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)

    Prenatal Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) Linked to Pregnancy Complications

    Consuming drinking water contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE) during pregnancy may increase the risk of pregnancy complications such as stillbirth and placental abruption, concludes a new study published in the journal Environmental Health. Tetrachloroethylene (tetrachloroethene, perchloroethylene, PCE, PERC) is a colorless liquid with a sweet odor widely used for the dry cleaning of fabrics. Previous studies […] More