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Missouri's Newborn Screening Program Adds Hospitals

Jul 23, 2015
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Missouri's newborn screening program, which turned 50 earlier this month, is expanding its reach to get blood samples to testing facilities faster.

The program added eight new hospitals as collection sites for testing for a total of 54 around the state. It also added Sunday pickup service to all sites, in addition to the regular daily weekday pickup.

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Missouri is preparing to start screening every newborn baby for a heart disease that can cause developmental delays or death if left untreated.

The screenings for critical congenital heart disease are required under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1.

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Missouri lawmakers have voted to mandate another health screening for newborn babies.

Legislators gave final approval Wednesday to a measure that will require infants to be screened for critical congenital heart disease within 48 hours of birth or before they are discharged from hospitals. The new mandate would begin for babies born in Missouri in 2014.

Parents could opt out if they sign a written statement saying the screening conflicts with their religious beliefs.