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Pa May Expand Newborn Screening

State house votes to test for more disorders.

Pennsylvania may  expand the testing of newborns. The state house unanimously  approved legistaton that would add six disorders to the list of diseases hospitals must test for.

They're inherited metabolism disorders caused by a deficiency of specific enzymes, that break down nutrients. Infants born with these lysosomal storage disorders appear normal and symptoms don't usually show up until they're three to six months old.

Supporters of the testing say early detection of these diseases can  mean the difference between severe disability and possibly death  and  a normal life. The bill still needs the senate and the governor's approval.

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