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Newborn Screening (NBS)
is mandated in the United States with every baby born being
screened for a variety of disorders. Economic analysis
indicate that the cost of screening all babies born,
resulting in early detection and treatment from the first
week of birth, far outweighs the cost of detecting and
treating these disorders at a later stage.
NBS is in its infancy. At present, only high risk babies are
screened and only for a few disorders. This is due to a lack
of awareness and the high costs associated with it. Now
that is History.
With the use of Tandem Mass Spectrometry, pioneered
by Pediatrix Screening, which detects for over 42 IEMs with
a single test based on a dried blood spot the cost has
significantly gone down. NeoGen Labís First Step Newborn
Screening Test utilizes this technology and, as a result,
has made Newborn Screening affordable to parents in India.
Early detection of disorders detectable through First Step
is vital. Although the test detects disorders that cannot be
cured, early intervention and treatment is beneficial in
Affected babies are at risk of mental retardation, physical
disabilities and even death, if they are not diagnosed and
treated early. First Step gives parents the opportunity to
protect their baby from the preventable complications of
undiagnosed problems. If your baby is affected, NBS can play
a key role in allowing your child to live a normal life.
Children who are born with these disorders and go unscreened
sometimes spend several months, even years, suffering
through numerous medical tests to find out what is wrong
with them. Some even have extensive hospital stays in
intensive care because no one knows what is wrong with them
and thus arenít treating them properly. This is because a
clinical diagnosis is difficult if these children arenít
Health 'N' Wellness has
teamed up with NeoGen
Labs Pvt. Ltd. and Amplifone
make NBS easily available in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai & Thane)
and sevaral cities of Gujarat.
in counseling of parents and clinicians on the importance of
NBS for the newborns. We work with all the major Hospitals &
Laboratories in fulfilling their efforts of promoting NBS
and saving lives.
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know if the Hospital you visit does not
have a Newborn Screening Program.
We will help them set up one. Just email us the Details.