Newborn screening is a successful preventive public health activity.
Newborn screening: Basic facts
- Newborn screening is the early identification of infants affected by certain genetic, metabolic, hormonal and/or functional conditions.
- Screening detects disorders in newborns that, if left untreated, can cause death, disability, intellectual disabilities and other serious illnesses.
- If diagnosed early, these conditions can be successfully treated.
- The American College of Medical Genetics, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the March of Dimes and the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders recommend screening all newborns for 29 treatable disorders and reporting on an additional 25 disorders.
The march of Dimes continues to advocate for these newborn screenings because of these facts.
Currently, March of Dimes has been advocating so that all women and their children may have health care. "Having insurance coverage affects how and whether women and children can obtain needed health care services. In 2007, the Institute of Medicine reported that uninsured women receive fewer prenatal services and experience greater difficulty in obtaining needed care than women with insurance."
(SOURCE: March of Dimes Advocacy)
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-Domonique M. Mack