Navigation Links
New Law Signed by Governor Rendell Expands Newborn Screening in Pennsylvania

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 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
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:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... recently awarded their highest five-star rating ... Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to ... correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal ... personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two major problems ... offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t eliminate all ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... to fit their specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... fully customizable and all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits ... terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps ... slow progress toward their goal. , Research from reveals that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support ... as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016  MedSource announced today that it ... software solution of choice.  This latest decision demonstrates ... to their clients by offering a state-of-the-art electronic ... establishes nowEDC as the EDC platform of choice ... clients.  "nowEDC has long been a preferred EDC ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. , June 23, 2016 ... faced the many challenges of the current process. Many of ... option because of the technical difficulties and high laboratory costs ... would have to offer it at such a high cost ... to afford it. Dr. Parsa Zadeh , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... startling report released today, National Safety Council research shows ... plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription Nation ... the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, assigned a "Making ... , New Mexico , Tennessee ... states, three – Michigan , Missouri ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: