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National CMV Foundation – Interview with Kristen Spytek, President and Co-Founder

June 9, 2020 – We had the great pleasure of speaking with Kristen Hutchinson Spytek, President & Co-Founder of National CMV Foundation about their history, CMV Awareness Month, advocacy and screening. Make sure to follow @nationalcmv on social media and visit www.nationalcmv.org to find out more about the incredible work they are doing in the U.S.!

Logan’s Story

My wife and I decided to have kids after being together for roughly 7 years. We had some difficulty getting pregnant, but after working with doctors, in 2013, Shauna and I were finally expecting. While Shauna did miscarry in 2013, we were able to get pregnant again soon thereafter. The funny thing is – even after the difficulties we had getting pregnant, we were both naïve thinking that once we were pregnant, everything would be fine and we would have a… Read more »

Ava Lynn’s Story

We found out that we were expecting a baby in January of 2016. Our due date was for September 2016. We were so excited! My pregnancy was going very well. I was hungry. Tired. Grumpy. But embracing my cute baby bump.  On April 18, we went for our 20-week anatomy scan. To be honest, I wasn’t even concerned about not having a healthy baby. Everyone around me always had healthy babies. During the ultrasound, they found something and said they… Read more »

Interview with Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Soren Gantt

June 3, 2020 – We were thrilled to have Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and CMV expert, Dr. Soren Gantt, on the show. We spoke about his research on CMV screening, the impact of COVID-19 on the CMV community, the CMV Public Health and Policy Conference, and more!

Cassius’ Story

Our twins were born via c-section in December 2010. Cassius, twin A was born symptomatic and with an enlarged spleen and liver, weighing 1 lb 3oz. He was in the NICU for a little over 4 months. Cassius was actually our first placement for foster care, and we had never heard of CMV before. In fact, they never even told us he was born with it when they dropped him off on a Friday afternoon covered in petechia. We had… Read more »

Maddison’s Story

Pregnant with my second child, I thought I had it in the bag.  I had been through this before. I had endured 26-hour labour that ended up in a c-section, got through those postpartum blues and exclusively breastfed through thrush and nursing strikes. This time around, my learning curve was going to be much smaller.  Our second daughter arrived in early May and those first two weeks I had with her were ignorant bliss. I truly understood what people mean… Read more »

New Twin Study Suggests CMV Plays a Key Role in Shaping the Immune System

A recent Stanford University twins study concluded that environmental forces are more influential than genes when it comes to determining the make-up of an individual’s immune system. The study, led by Stanford immunologist Mark Davis, compared 210 identical and fraternal twins between 8 and 82 years old. After analyzing blood samples that tracked 200+ immune system parameters including cell population frequencies, cytokine responses, and serum proteins, researchers found that in three-quarters of the measurements, differences between pairs of twins were strongly linked to non-heritable… Read more »

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