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Newborn screening; improving outcomes
  • Published Date:
    August 18, 2011
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), Office of the Associate Director for Communication. ; National Center for Environmental Health (US), Division of Laboratory Sciences., Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch. ; National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Division of Blood Disorders., Health Services Research and Evaluation
  • Description:
    Newborn screening : improving outcomes [streaming video] -- Current practices and expansion of newborn screening [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by R. Rodney Howell, p. 1-19] -- Family experiences with disorders and screening [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Sharon F. Terry, p. 20-30] -- Laboratory quality assurance for newborn screening tests [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Carla D. Cuthbert, p. 30-41] -- Newborn screening : health impact and return on investment [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by Scott D. Grosse ,p. 42-54] -- Closing gaps and improving outcomes through partnerships [PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation by V. Fan Tait, p. 55-68]

    In the last five decades, newborn screening has become a well-defined, nationwide prevention program. Each year, more than 4 million newborns in the United States are screened for hearing loss and certain genetic, endocrine, and metabolic disorders. Through early identification and treatment, newborn screening provides an opportunity for significant reductions in morbidity and mortality while reducing health care costs associated with treatment of lifelong debilitating conditions. Technological improvements and partner collaboration have led to the expansion and increased uniformity of screening as well as enhanced laboratory and data systems that provide better surveillance, tracking, and research. Although newborn screening has improved and expanded in recent years, particular challenges remain with laboratory and data collection issues. Many state laboratories are being asked to do more screening with fewer resources, providing a need for innovation in areas such as automation, multiplex and molecular testing, and quality assurance. Improvements are also needed in data systems to track follow-up and management of children with disorders identified through newborn screening. This session of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds addressed these challenges while discussed effective strategies to meet the promise that newborn screening holds for all children.

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