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Re: Newborn screening....confused

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Posted by Sally 2 on August 08, 2003 at 12:50:45:

In Reply to: Newborn screening....confused posted by AshleyP on August 07, 2003 at 22:12:10:

Ashley, I read an article in one one of my pregnancy magazines where they talked about newborn screening. They suggested the more the better. Each state mandates which tests are done, but you can also pay for extra tests if you wish. They shared a few stories of healthy babies who went home and died a few days later for no aparent reason. Then it was discovered that these babies had simple genetic problems that could have been diagnosed and cured if the screen for that specific disease or test had been done. See some states skip certain tests and the parents of these babies who died are trying to make it so the entire country screens for the same diseases, so every state is equal. Anyway, this is kind of long but I agree with the others, the more the better and usually they only take a few blood samples, nothing major.

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