36,000 Babies Screened for Muscular Dystrophy in PPMD Pilot Program

36,000 Babies Screened for Muscular Dystrophy in PPMD Pilot Program

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36,000 Babies Screened for Muscular Dystrophy in PPMD Pilot Program

The Newborn Screening Pilot program run in New York by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PMDD) is now complete, having screened more than 36,000 babies across the state for a muscular dystrophy over the last two years. Significantly high levels of creatine kinase, an enzyme released by damaged muscle cells that can indicate a muscular dystrophy, were found in 34 newborns as of July 31, leading to more testing. Duchenne (DMD) or Becker MD was later confirmed in four of these babies.…

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