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New screening programme for babies

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All babies in England are to be screened for an inherited metabolic disease called Medium Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD), within two weeks of birth, the government has announced.

All babies in England are to be screened for an inherited metabolic disease called Medium Chain Acyl CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD), within two weeks of birth, the government has announced.

The check will be carried out as part of the standard 'heel-prick' test for babies that screens for other diseases such as sickle cell disorders and congenital hypothyroidism.

Sheila Shribman, national clinical director for children, said: 'Evidence shows that screening newborn babies for this condition will not only save lives but it can significantly improve their quality of life. Simple treatment through dietary management will substantially reduce the risk of death and the risk of acute, serious illness.'

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