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Minnesota begins universal screening of newborn babies for spinal muscular atrophy (03/05/2018)

All babies born in Minnesota are now being screened for a treatable disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), unless their parents opt out of newborn screening. SMA is the leading genetic cause of early childhood death in the United States, and the addition of this condition to the state’s Newborn Screening Program will help parents get swift treatment for children with the condition – preventing death or serious health problems. More