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Saving Babies?The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening$
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Stefan Timmermans and Mara Buchbinder

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226924977

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226924991.001.0001

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The Consequences of Newborn Screening

The Consequences of Newborn Screening

(p.1) Introduction The Consequences of Newborn Screening
Saving Babies?

Stefan Timmermans

Mara Buchbinder

University of Chicago Press

This book begins by showing how powerful the rationale for expanding newborn screening is, with its appeal residing in secondary prevention. Rather than treating children with devastating metabolic conditions, screening advocates hope to forestall the onset of symptoms. Newborn screening identifies infants who have a condition but are still asymptomatic and offers them preventive measures that may postpone symptom development. It presents as an example the story of Scott and Renee Baio. From a public health or medical perspective their ordeal does not count for much: their daughter Bailey’s case was included in a state database of false positives and this measure represents the only official record of her screening experience. The encounter with newborn screening shaped Scott and Renee’s young marriage, their charitable work, and their relationship with their daughter.

Keywords:   newborn screening, secondary prevention, metabolic conditions, symptoms, preventive measures, false positives

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