Newborn Screening Expansion
From the East Texas Review
* The Department of State Health Services is now requiring hospitals to screen all newborns for additional conditions. Many of the conditions hospitals screen for are inheritable, and abnormal screening results trigger additional case management to promote the good health of the child. HB 790 from 2005 by Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) requires the department to increase the number of conditions that hospitals screen for to match the recommendations of the American College of Medical Genetics as funding allows.
“We are pleased to announce that the Newborn Screening Program expansion has begun and is now giving important clinical information to health care providers and families,” said Dr. Charles Bell, DSHS Acting Commissioner. “Early detection of these disorders allows early treatment that can prevent serious complications such as growth problems, developmental delays, deafness or blindness, mental retardation, seizures or early death.”