Navigation Links
Alabama Begins Mandatory Screening of Newborns for Cystic Fibrosis
Date:5/13/2008

State Joins 40 Others in Screening for Life-Threatening, Genetic Disease

WASHINGTON, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alabama has joined 39 other states and the District of Columbia in requiring that all newborns be screened for cystic fibrosis at birth.

"We congratulate Alabama for initiating a newborn screening program for cystic fibrosis," said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "More than 40 states are now screening for the disease. With every added state, more people with cystic fibrosis will have a better chance at a healthier and longer life."

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis is important because more than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of a cystic fibrosis gene. Additionally, most people who have a child with CF are not aware of a family history of the disease. Cystic fibrosis causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs, resulting in life-threatening infections and serious digestive complications.

Research studies show that newborn screening for CF will likely improve and extend the lives of those born with the disease. Early diagnosis allows affected infants to begin therapeutic interventions immediately. In research studies, these interventions have been shown to improve height, weight, nutrition, cognitive and lung functioning, and to reduce hospitalizations.

When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was created in 1955, few children lived to attend elementary school. Today, as a result of dramatic improvements in research and care, the median age of survival for a person with CF is 37 years. The Foundation strongly urges all states to implement comprehensive programs for routine newborn screening for cystic fibrosis.

About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to curing and controlling cystic fibrosis. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation has more than 80 chapters and branch offices throughout the country and supports and accredits a nationwide network of more than 115 care centers, which provide vital treatments and other CF resources to patients and families. For more information, visit http://www.cff.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Alabamas top cancer center earns $11.5 million renewal of its breast cancer SPORE
2. US, European cancer educators gather in Alabama for meeting
3. Dey, L.P. Settles State of Alabama Pricing Litigation
4. Dr. Fay Raines From the University of Alabama in Huntsville Assumes Presidency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
5. PA-Based ACTS Retirement-Life Communities Announces Agreement to Acquire Carlton Cove in Huntsville, Alabama
6. Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Maryland Declare April 25th Parental Alienation Awareness Day
7. Alabamas Baptist Health System and Aegis Health Group Partner to Address Local Employers Health-Management Concerns
8. Provectus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Begins Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Metastatic Melanoma
9. PA Department of Public Welfare Begins Outreach to Medical Assistance Consumers Following Burglary at State Office Building
10. China Shenghuo Pharmaceutical Holdings, Inc. Begins Full-Scale Launch of 12Ways(R) Chinese Herbal Skin Care Product Line
11. Most comprehensive study of mercury in dental fillings begins
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/20/2017)... Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) , ... January 20, 2017 , ... ... highest level of nutritional and bodybuilding supplements, announced it attended the January ECRM trade ... a respected bodybuilder and nutritional scientist who was determined to create a line of ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater than ... the woman who witnessed Jesus Christ firsthand. “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater than Sin” ... career as an educator interacting with countless women who had little knowledge of the ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... D R Burton Healthcare Products LLC, makers ... in a study indicating superior performance against competitive products in secretion clearance. ... Positive Expiratory Pressure Devices During Simulated Breathing“ was published in the winter issue ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “The Land of More and More”: a ... world hunger, and shares the simple and achievable answer. “The Land of More and ... the Fairview Missionary Church in Angola, Indiana where he works with the children’s ministry ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... Next week ... will be repealed by Congressional political games that circumvent health needs of over 30 ... Rally” capture the human anxieties and needs government public servants were suppose to prioritize. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 This report on ... and future scenario of the global market. Large number ... consumption. Severe chronic constipation is a major side effect ... laxatives. Hence, novel targeted therapy has been prescribed to ... launch of targeted medicines, and growing awareness about the ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... NEW YORK , January 19, 2017 ... global market for cryotherapy is set to witness a CAGR of ... North America will continue to be the leading ... ... Suppliers are emphasizing on ensuring affordable and adequate supply ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Fla. , Jan. 19, 2017  Sensus ... medical device company specializing in the treatment of ... as keloids, with superficial radiation therapy, today announced ... full year 2016 financial results on Thursday, February 2, ... Company will hold a conference call with the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: