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NY now requires newborn screening

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New York hospitals are now required to screen newborns for heart defects under a new law. The measure, which took effect Monday, requires all birthing facilities to administer the test called pulse oximetry (ox-IHM-uhtree) screening. The one-minute procedure provides early detection of heart defects that could be addressed quickly by surgery, potentially saving babies. The process involves taping a small sensor to a newborn's foot as light is beamed at the foot to measure the ...


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