Navigation Links
New Law Signed by Governor Rendell Expands Newborn Screening in Pennsylvania
Date:7/10/2008

Legislation Now Requires Screening for 28 Genetic, Metabolic Conditions

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new law signed this month by Governor Edward G. Rendell will help to improve the health of newborns in Pennsylvania, according to the state Health Department.

By amending the Newborn Child Testing Act of 1965, the new law enables the Department of Health to continue to provide for screening and follow-up services for six mandated genetic and metabolic conditions for babies born in Pennsylvania and adds follow-up services for 22 more genetic and metabolic conditions.

"This law helps further ensure that newborns receive necessary follow up services so they can lead happy, healthy lives," Secretary of Health Dr. Calvin B. Johnson said. "Early intervention and treatment is vital to a baby's health and provides peace of mind for parents."

Newborn metabolic and genetic screening has a profound impact on the health of approximately 150,000 babies delivered in Pennsylvania each year.

The Department of Health refers newborns that screen positive for metabolic and genetic disorders to specialized treatment centers for confirmatory testing, diagnosis, treatment, and parental education.

Although the 28 metabolic and genetic disorders are uncommon, their presence may lead to mental retardation and even death if not promptly diagnosed and treated.

Babies already receive screening for hearing loss at birth as provided by The Infant Hearing Education Assessment Reporting and Referral (IHEARR) Act of 2001. With the additional genetic and metabolic conditions now required for follow-up along with the hearing screening services for newborns, Pennsylvania now joins many other states that screen for at least 29 conditions at birth.

For more information on newborn screening, visit the Department of Health at http://www.health.state.pa.us or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

CONTACT: Stacy Kriedeman

(717) 787-1783


'/>"/>
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Celebrity Seating Only! Levitz Chair Signed by 39 Daytime Stars Sells for $1200 on Charitybuzz.com
2. Implantable device designed to detect, stop seizures under study at MCG
3. Smith & Nephew Endoscopys KINSA(R) RC Suture Anchor Designed for Secure Repair of Rotator Cuff Injuries
4. Bullying Prevention Institute Designed to Empower Change in Schools
5. Lafley Tells Shareholders That P&G is Designed to Grow
6. Independence Blue Cross Announces No Pay Getaway Promotion Designed to Encourage Healthy Behaviors
7. Regence Introduces Two New Plans Designed Especially for Small to Mid-Size Companies
8. Varian Medical Systems to Unveil RapidArc(TM) Volumetric Arc Therapy and Other Products Designed to Speed Delivery of Precision Radiotherapy and Brachytherapy
9. Roche Offers Innovative Website Designed to Empower Cancer Patients
10. DocuEd LLC Designed to Improve Clinical Documentation
11. Redesigned Blue Shield of California Website Makes Finding a Doctor Online Easier and Faster
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Representatives of CHA Fertility Centers ... member of their staff, Dr. Joshua J. Berger. As of May 2016, Dr. ... world-renowned facility. , Dr. Berger has received recognition for his research, his teaching and ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield ... relief from the crushing burden of sky-high health care costs, Superior Court of ... ruling ( http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/opinions/a2913-15a2929-15.pdf ) the court provided some analysis of the contracts ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... ... As part of an ongoing commitment to encourage living a healthy and ... BCBSNJ) have teamed up with New Jersey native and PGA Tour member Morgan Hoffmann ... lifestyle. , Through Healthy Steps NJ, Hoffmann will share a series of health education ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... ... A key metric of this success is the popularity of the Leafedin.org service ... areas that lack the kind of technology and networking framework that LeafedIn.org provide, where ... the marijuana industry, no matter how small or large, and more importantly no matter ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... King Kullen’s Shop OnLine, the ... to yet another location: Garden City Park. This is the fourth store to be ... grocery delivery service is offered by King Kullen and allows customers to place orders ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)...   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: PULM ... announced today that it was added to the Russell ... comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on ... milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer Robert ... progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical needs, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... kidney failure, it replaces the function of kidneys by removing ... thus the treatment helps to keep the patient body,s electrolytes ... Increasing number of ESRD patients & substantial healthcare expenditure ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Roche (SIX: ... 510(k) clearance for its Elecsys BRAHMS PCT (procalcitonin) assay ... sepsis or septic shock. With this clearance, Roche is ... a fully integrated solution for sepsis risk assessment and ... with bacterial infection and PCT levels in blood can ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: