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2014-03-27 10:47:11

Ethical, legal and social issues should be weighed before adopting the technology in public programs, researchers argue That question is likely to stir debate in coming years in many of the more-than-60 countries that provide newborn screening, as whole-genome sequencing (WGS) becomes increasingly affordable and reliable. Newborn screening programs – which involve drawing a few drops of blood from a newborn's heel – have been in place since the late 1960s, and are credited with having...

2014-03-26 16:25:21

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two pediatricians whose research led to the need for early identification of and treatment of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and its inclusion in newborn screening have received the March of Dimes/Col. Harland D. Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics. Children affected with SCID are at risk of developing life-threatening infections because they lack a normal immune system. The disorder became familiar to...

2014-03-26 16:25:15

DUBLIN, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3gb8bq/prenatal_and) has announced the addition of the "Prenatal and New-born Genetic Testing Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast to 2019" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3gb8bq/prenatal_and ] report to their offering. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) Genetic testing is a...

2014-02-25 23:01:37

Quarterly Webinar Series Continues from Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Life Sciences Solutions Group (formerly Life Technologies) with Rare Disease Day Speaker Series, February 28, 2014. Yorba Linda, CA (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed a webinar learning series in support of Rare Disease Day 2014 to help researchers stay updated on the most recent developments in sequencing technologies. The series, “Rare Disease Day 2014,” will take place Feb. 28, 2014...

2014-02-18 12:26:38

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been awarded USC Annenberg's 2014 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting for their series "Deadly Delays." The team documented how delays at hospitals across the country undermine newborn screening programs, putting babies at risk of disability and death. The $35,000 annual award, which has been presented for the past 25 years by the School of Journalism at USC...

2014-02-04 08:35:10

- Canadian PKU and Allied Disorders encourages governments to fund PKU treatment tools as outlined by guidelines to improve outcomes in 2,000 Phenylketonuria patients - TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadian PKU and Allied Disorders (CanPKU) is extremely pleased with the clinical practice guidelines designed for the rare, inherited brain-threatening metabolic disorder Phenylketonuria (PKU), affecting about 2,000 Canadians, published online by the American College of Medical...

2014-01-31 16:23:40

PKU uncle will cycle across Canada in 71 days this summer to raise awareness and $25,000 TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - A young father will ride his bicycle more than 7,300 kilometers coast-to-coast this summer to draw attention to a rare, brain-threatening disorder which affects his newborn niece, Avery. The Canadian PKU and Allied Disorders (CanPKU) non-profit association is proud to announce Avery's Ride for PKU. This Ride is the brainchild of Kevin Dube, of Kitchener,...

2014-01-30 16:26:26

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 29, the U.S. Senate passed the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S.1417) by unanimous consent. Introduced by Senators Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), this bipartisan bill reauthorizes funding for various newborn-screening programs for the next five years. AACC applauds the Senate's approval of this legislation, which is integral to improving children's health, and urges the U.S. House...

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...

2013-12-16 08:27:14

NEW YORK, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The newborn screening test for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) using the TREC Assay, is 100 percent sensitive and not a single newborn with this life threatening defect has been lost since the test's implementation five years ago. Nevertheless, public health officials still deliberate over the test's economic efficiency and that has resulted in the Jeffrey Modell Foundation's (JMF) newly created economic model, "Decision Tree."...