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Newborn Screening Awareness

This live blog tracks with the Newborn screening awareness tweet chat moderated by Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News chief health and medical correspondent.

  • September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month and this year marks the fiftieth year since screening programs were put in place. Though few parents are aware of the value of the tests their children have within 48 hours of birth, the Association of Public Health Laboratories estimates that screening programs save more than 12,000 babies a year in the US.

    Screening involves a series of blood tests that pinpoint different health disorders that aren’t readily apparent but may be harmful or potentially fatal. Although these conditions are considered rare and most babies are given a clean bill of health, early diagnosis and proper treatment can make the difference between lifelong impairment and healthy development.

    As part of ABC Health’s focus on children health this month, we’re holding a tweet chat today at 1 PM, ET to help parents and caregivers understand everything they need to know about newborn screening. The chat will be moderated by Dr. Richard Besser, our chief health and medical correspondent.  

    You can join the chat or simply follow along to learn everything you need to know about the process of newborn screening. 
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