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In Australia, the heel prick blood test (Guthrie test) has been used on newborns for the last 35 years to detect inherited conditions such as congenital hypothyroidism, phenylketonuria, galactosaemia and cystic fibrosis. The new tandem mass spectrometry screening also uses a blood sample but is able to screen for a wider range of rare disorders which can lead to disability or death if not diagnosed early enough.
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About: Newborn screening expanded in Australia
Date: 21 December 2004
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