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Medical News & Perspectives
October 25, 2000

Neonatal Screening Varies by State of Birth

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JAMA. 2000;284(16):2044-2046. doi:10.1001/jama.284.16.2044-JMN1025-2-1

A newborn in Ohio is screened for homocystinuria. A newborn in Oregon is not, but is screened for biotinidase, something that isn't part of the screening panel in Ohio. Newborns in Massachusetts are screened for 11 congenital conditions; in South Dakota, for only three.

This is the crazy-quilt status of screening the estimated 4,000,000 infants born annually in the United States and a major reason a task force has published a report outlining the issues public health officials, parents, physicians, and politicians should resolve in this arena (Pediatrics. 2000;106(suppl):383-427).