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The CDC and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation both agreed that it should be mandatory for newborns to be screened for cystic fibrosis. Early diagnosis meant earlier treatment resulting in more weight gain and better nutrition. Weight gain and good nutrition can slow respiratory function decline which is ultimately the cause of death in people with cystic fibrosis. The average age for diagnosis tends to be about 3 years of age. In areas where newborn screening for CF occurs, it is the most common newborn disorder diagnosed.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
About: Recommendation for screening of newborns for cystic fibrosis often leads to better prognosis
Date: 14 October 2004
Source: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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