Advocates Push For Renewal Of Federal Infant Screening Program
The bill would renew funding to state-run newborn screening programs, CQ HealthBeat reports.
CQ HealthBeat: Groups Urge Congress To Pass Infant Screening Program Renewal Bill
Advocates for mothers and babies are pushing Congress to reauthorize legislation that would help promote and fund vital infant screenings and they plan to gather on Capitol Hill when members return from the August recess. The bill, introduced just before the recess by Sens. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, would renew federal funding to state-run public health newborn screening programs (Khatami, 8/8).
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MPR: In Extremely Early Births, Making Life-Or-Death Decisions
About 30,00 American babies are born so prematurely each year that they will face serious, lifelong problems, according to an op-ed in The New York Times. Advances in neonatal medicine have allowed preemies as young as 23 weeks' gestation to survive. But these cases raise thorny questions about how doctors and families make the difficult decisions concerning the lives of these children (8/9).