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Virus Found in Stillborn Babies May Impact Future Pregnancies, Study Finds

February 01, 2009

A virus connected to human stillborn babies may impact an affected woman's subsequent pregnancies and cause defects in the developing nervous system, according to recent studies published in the science journal Birth Defects Research.

Prepared by researchers at the California-based Public Health Institute and the Swedish research organization Apodemus, the series of three peer-reviewed journal articles sheds new light on the causes of stillbirth, which can cause tremendous sorrow and confusion among families affected. It also adds to a growing body of knowledge about the Ljungan (pronounced "yoon-gun") virus, which was first isolated in Swedish field mice following an investigation into the sudden deaths of several young Swedish athletes in the 1990s.  more

PHI Welcomes New Board Members

January 12, 2009

The Public Health Institute has elected three new members to its board of directors: Frederick A. Hessler, John G. O'Brien and Kimberlydawn Wisdom. They joined the board on January 1, 2009.

Hessler is the managing director of Citigroup's health care group; O'Brien is president and chief executive officer of UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc., central New England's largest not-for-profit health care system; Wisdom is Michigan's first surgeon general.  more

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