Simple Test For Babies Could Help Spot A Virus That Damages Hearing

Simple Test For Babies Could Help Spot A Virus That Damages Hearing

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photo from opencage.info -CC licenseAbout 1 in 150 babies are born infected with a common virus that can cause permanent hearing loss, but newborns aren’t routinely tested to see if they have it. That could change if a pediatrician at the University of Alabama in Birmingham has his way.

He’s the leader on a new study that found that a simple saliva test can identify babies at risk.

(READ the full story at NPR)

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