State Expands Newborn Screening Program

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Tuesday, June 05 2007 Jun 5, 2007 Tuesday, June 05, 2007 4:54:40 PM CDT June 05, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - The state is expanding its newborn screening program to include checks for cystic fibrosis. The state's newborn screening program tests all babies born in Missouri for more than 20 rare, but serious, health conditions. Many can be treated with medicine or a special diet. Like most screenings, testing for cystic fibrosis is done by collecting a drop of blood from the baby's foot and sending it off to the state public health lab. The new screening began Friday. Missouri now tests babies for all but one of the 29 conditions recommended by the March of Dimes. The state expects to start testing for the remaining one in the next year.

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