Screening Newborns for Heart Disease

This video frame grab, Mack Turner, left, Boston Stokes, and Stryker Hoffman are shown Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Layton, Utah. Three sisters from Layton gave birth to three baby boys in the month of July, including two who were born about an hour apart. The cousins were all born in July. Mack and Stryker were born 65 minutes apart on July 27. Boston was born July 3. (AP Photo/Eric Betts, KSL-TV via Deseret News)
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Health officials say that starting next year a test will be used to screen all newborns in Michigan for critical congenital heart disease.
The Michigan Department of Community Health announced Wednesday that pulse oximetry screening will be used statewide starting in April. Every Michigan newborn currently is screened for 54 different disorders through bloodspots sent to the agency.
The state says about 65 Michigan birthing hospitals currently screen for CCHD, and 14 more plan to offer the screening soon. Officials earlier began a demonstration project to work with birthing hospitals on the voluntary use of this heart screening.
Failure to detect heart problems puts babies at risk of death or other serious complications within the first few days or weeks of life.

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