Newborn Screening Saves
With so many treatments and options, decisions about our baby's medical and physical health can be very difficult in today's world. One thing most parents haven't thought about is finding and treating metabolic and genetic disease before it affects the child. That's where newborn screening comes in.
One in 1,500 babies born is affected by an inherited disorder that can be detected through supplemental newborn screening. Screening, diagnosis, and intervention within the first days of life are essential because many of these disorders are manageable if treatment begins early.
Newborns have been screened for metabolic and other inherited disorders in the U.S. since the early 1960s. Every state currently manages a program to screen newborns for inherited disorders at birth. However, many states include only a handful of disorders in its program, leaving newborns unscreened for a significant number of potentially manageable disorders.
Newborn screening is testing performed on babies to look for health problems that otherwise might not be detected until after serious injury or death. These tests can be performed with just a few drops of blood collected from a baby's heel shortly after the time of birth. The information learned from these tests involves serious but uncommon diseases, many with long, difficult to understand names.
The purpose of these tests is to identify and treat these problems, most of which can be treated with changes in diet or medications. Some of these conditions cannot be cured today, but with therapy the serious consequences can be avoided or minimized.
Fortunately, there are more tests available to look for many more diseases than are usually identified.
PerkinElmer Genetics offers a program of newborn screening called StepOne that can identify more than 50 disorders. The test is performed in one of the nation's largest laboratory specializing in newborn metabolic screening. The laboratory has screened more than 3 million babies using the most advanced techniques available including biochemical assays, tandem mass spectrometry, and molecular testing. As the parent, you can ask for or directly order this screening. Working with your baby's doctor, the results of this program can help ensure a healthy start for your baby.
To find out more about the program visit http//www.perkinelmergenetics.com or call toll free at: 866-463-6436.
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