Newborn Screening in Massachusetts Seen as Highly Accurate, Effective

Newborn Screening in Massachusetts Seen as Highly Accurate, Effective

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Newborn Screening in Massachusetts Seen as Highly Accurate, Effective

Newborn screening (NBS) for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in Massachusetts allowed for early detection and treatment of affected infants, with most referred to a specialist within the first week of life, three-year data from the state’s SMA screening program show. Notably, the program used a tiered algorithm with screenings that effectively prevented false-positive results, or wrongful identification of SMA in infants without the disease. Data also suggested that SMA frequency may be lower than previously thought,…

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