Support Newborn Screening
Newborn screening for ALD is a very important part of our effort to get children diagnosed early on; this will ensure that they will be on track to lead the best quality of life possible. Early detection is vital.
State Legislation Status of Newborn Screening for ALD
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Nationwide adoption of newborn screening can help stop the progression of ALD. As depicted on the map, legislation concerning early ALD screening has been enacted and implemented in New York and Connecticut. It has also been enacted but is awaiting implementation in New Jersey, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, and California.
Legislation is currently pending in Maryland, and active efforts to enact legislation are now underway in Colorado, North Carolina, Louisiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Newborn screening is completed by pricking a baby’s heel and extracting a few drops of blood. Blood tests do not diagnose, but rather identify which babies require additional testing. Early identification gives doctors additional valueable time to treat otherwise difficult diseases.