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January 6, 2015

Newborn babies screened for more rare conditions

Public Health England has confirmed that every newborn baby in England will be screened for four rare inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs) from 5th January 2015.

The UK National Screening Committee recommended that four new IMDs were added to newborn blood spot screening in the UK.

The diseases; homocystinuria (HCU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), glutaric aciduria type 1 (GA1) and isovaleric aciduria (IVA), will be tested for as part of the existing blood spot test.

The heel prick test already screens babies for five conditions: sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, congenital hypothyroidism, phenylketonuria and medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency.

Wales will follow in the early part of the year, but Scotland and Northern Ireland have yet to make a decision as to whether to introduce screening for the conditions.

Public Health England has launched a new online learning module, which is applicable to midwives, on the expansion of the newborn blood spot screening programme.

Click here for more information, and here for the new online learning module.

 

Public Health England has confirmed that every newborn baby in England will be screened for four rare inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs) from 5th January 2015. The UK National Screening Committee recommended that four new IMDs were added to newborn blood spot screening in the UK. The diseases; homocystinuria (HCU), maple syrup urine disease (MSUD), glutaric […]

 
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