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2014-01-03 12:23:32

TOWSON, Md., Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), the national patient organization for persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases, commends the state of Washington for their decision to add Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) to the list of conditions that all newborns in the state are screened for at birth effective January 1, 2014. SCID is commonly known as "bubble boy disease" after David Vetter, a boy who lived in a germ-free bubble for...

2012-12-03 12:28:18

All Texas newborns will now be screened for immunodeficiency disorders at birth HOUSTON, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beginning in December 2012, all newborns in the state of Texas will be screened for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Disorder (SCID) as part of the standard newborn screening panel which already screens for 28 additional disorders. In correlation with this new screening, Texas Children's Hospital announced a new Newborn Primary Immunodeficiency Disorder (PIDD)...

2012-12-01 12:20:06

TOWSON, Md., Dec. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will add Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) to the state's Newborn Screening Panel beginning December 1, 2012. The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), the national patient organization for persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases, commends the state of Texas and the dedicated volunteers who have advocated for this cause. Screening for SCID increases the probability of early detection and...

2009-10-13 12:41:42

Mention the words "bubble boy" and many will recall David Vetter, the kid with big eyes and a thick thatch of dark hair who died 25 years ago after spending almost the entire 12 years of his life in a germ-free, plastic bubble. David was born with severe combined immune deficiency, or SCID, a condition that robbed him of an immune system. Since David's death however, researchers have refined treatment options for children with SCID, and today, as scientists at Duke University Medical Center...

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2009-01-29 14:50:00

Researchers have reported that gene therapy appears to have cured eight of 10 children who had a rare immunodeficiency disorder, providing new evidence to support the controversial treatment. Severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, has been named "bubble boy disease," after David Vetter, of Houston, became famous for living inside a plastic "Ëœbubble' after being diagnosed with the disease. Reporting in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of...