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Gene Disorder Screen Benefits Baby Boys, Girls Equally: Study
Date:2/26/2013

910 and 2011. There was a significant increase in diagnosed cases in the 1960s and 1970s, following the discovery of the first effective treatment in 1950 and increased awareness of CAH and its symptoms. The number of diagnosed cases increased again after the introduction of newborn screening in 1986.

The author of an accompanying journal editorial, Bridget Wilcken, of the Children's Hospital at Westmead and University of Sydney in Australia, wrote that "there is little doubt that screening for the disorder fulfills the essential criteria for screening -- it is, after all, a potentially lethal disorder -- and a 2010 study in the U.K. concluded that a case can be made for screening. Certainly, pediatric endocrinologists from Australia agree."

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SOURCE: The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, news release, Feb. 25, 2013


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