Newborn screening breakthroughs create challenges

Bioethical issues during pregnancy and childbirth likely will only get more complicated for parents and doctors in the coming years. This week The Wall Street Journal explores new challenges posed by breakthroughs in newborn screening.

Technology allows hospitals to test newborns for a growing number of disorders, the newspaper reported, even though parents can’t do much to treat some of the illnesses found during testing.

Some states have expanded their checks, including testing for amino-acid and metabolism disorders. Many of the new conditions being looked at have no definitive treatment or it isn’t clear whether immediate intervention is necessary. That can present an emotional dilemma for parents… (more)

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