Newborns Screened for Four More Uncommon, Genetic Conditions

newborn screeningNewborns in Maryland are now screened for 61 rare, inheritable conditions. That’s four more than they were previously screened for bringing Maryland into the top 5 states nationally for newborn screenings.

From The Baltimore Sun:

The testing is considered a public health success because fewer disorders go undiagnosed and babies get care earlier. The disorders generally have some kind of treatment for symptoms.

The new disorders included in the panel in Maryland are Pompe disease, Fabry disease, Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).

Read The Baltimore Sun for more information.

Learn more about the issues impacting babies and their mothers at the MACo Summer Conference session, “Women and Children are Dying. What are We Doing About It?” The session will be held Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

The 2019 MACo Summer Conference is August 14-17 at the Ocean City Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Winds of Change.”

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