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Newborn screening facts!
Check out these facts to see just how far reaching newborn screening is in the United States:
Newborn screening has been around for over 40 years.
Every baby can have newborn screening prior to leaving the hospital.
About 4 million babies are born and screened each year.
All states, plus Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands, screen babies for at least 26 conditions. Many babies are screened for over 50.
The American College of Medical Genetics estimates that about 12,000 babies will be identified with a newborn screening condition each year. With treatment, many of these babies will have healthy lives.
The CDC recognized newborn screening as 1 of the 10 most important public health achievements of the century.
Newborn screening affects almost every child in the United States, and saves lives.
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