HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Only 21 states offer newborn screening tests recommended by March of Dimes

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., JUNE 30, 2004 Seventy percent of babies born in the U.S. still fail to get the minimal number of newborn tests recommended by the March of Dimes, according to the non-profit's 2004 state-by-state report card on newborn screening.

The March of Dimes is the first national health organization to recommend that every baby born in the U.S. receive, at a minimum, screening for the same core group of nine metabolic disorders as well as hearing deficiency. The March of Dimes encourages states to add more screening tests as resources and capabilities allow.

Few parents realize that the extent of this testing depends entirely on the state in which their baby is born. These tests can sometimes mean the difference between a healthy start in life and disability, or even death, the March of Dimes says.

"The number of screened disorders continues to vary greatly by state. Here we have a simple and inexpensive solution to a potentially devastating problem, and it's time for all states to make newborn screening a top priority," says Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes and a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children.

"Our chapter staff and volunteers have been working closely with governors, state legislators, and health departments to increase access to these important tests," Dr. Howse says. "I'm encouraged to report today that since this time last year, the number of states that test for the nine core metabolic disorders has risen from nine to 21."

Currently, 21 states screen for the March of Dimes-recommended list of metabolic disorders: Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. In 2002, these states accoun
'"/>

Contact: Michele Kling
mkling@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4613
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
30-Jun-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Alternative states in the ocean
2. Mathematical models reveal molten and glassy states of RNA
3. Not all enlarged prostates are the same, say University of Pittsburgh researchers
4. Canine leishmaniasis cases are confirmed in 21 states
5. Genetic extremism overstates risks
6. Lake research offers clues to managing crayfish invasions
7. Comparing primate genomes offers insight into human evolution
8. UW study: Migrating birds offer insight into sleep
9. Study of proteins offers insights into organization of biological networks
10. Susceptibility of mice to mousepox offers promise of smallpox protection
11. Discovery in parasite movement may offer insights into malaria

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/31/2018)... ... October 31, 2018 , ... Drs. Hal and Adam Kimowitz, dentists ... loss can have on oral and overall health as well as smile aesthetics. This ... bone graft in Randolph, NJ and surrounding areas. Through decades of experience, Drs. Kimowitz ...
(Date:10/26/2018)... ... October 25, 2018 , ... uBiome, the leader in microbial ... of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), to its ... world, Dr. Braun will bring to uBiome a deep expertise on the role of ...
(Date:10/25/2018)... ... 25, 2018 , ... Dovel Technologies announced today ... Center for Biologics Effectiveness and Research (CBER) for the CBER Biologics Effectiveness and ... with respect to data sources, infrastructure, methods, and tools and to conduct active ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:11/3/2018)... ... November 01, 2018 , ... Come to Princeton Nov. ... Senior Advisor, Division of Clinical Compliance Evaluation, CDER, FDA will be presenting on ... , What should clinical research industry stakeholders keep in mind when implementing and ...
(Date:10/31/2018)... ... October 30, 2018 , ... ... be a very important aspect of experimental biology. Reproducibility of cell-based assays is ... Despite of choosing the appropriate assay type, there are many more factors to ...
(Date:10/24/2018)... ... October 22, 2018 , ... uBiome, the leader in microbial ... Science Institute, Stephenson Chair of Data Science, and Professor in the Department of ... leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Dr. Bourne will bring to ...
(Date:10/18/2018)... ... October 18, 2018 , ... With rapid technological advances ... store their eggs. Previously reserved for women facing a cancer diagnosis requiring chemotherapy or ... to preserve their options. Simply put, they do not want to get pregnant ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: