Oklahoma Celebrates 50 Years of Life-Saving Newborn Screening

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OKLAHOMA- A little can go a long way.

Did you know that just a few drops of blood can save a baby’s life? Just a prick of a newborn baby’s heel can be used to screen for 53 different disorders.

For babies who test positive for one of these conditions, quick identification and treatment can make the difference between health and disability, or even life and death.

Oklahoma is now celebrating its 50 years of life saving  newborn screening that first began in 1963, when Oklahoma initiated screening for phenylketonuria (PKU).

Utilizing blood spot screening, the Oklahoma Newborn Screening Program identifies 90 to 100 infants annually who, through early detection and appropriate intervention, can live healthier, productive lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Newborn screening is one of the nation’s most successful public health initiatives with over 4 million U.S.
newborns screened nationally each year for certain genetic and metabolic
conditions, hearing loss, and critical congenital heart disease.”

For additional information on the 50th anniversary of newborn screening, visit http://www.50yearssavingbabies.org