Doctors pitch for mandatory test on new born to prevent mental disability.  Disability can be prevented in at least five children a day if a new born screening is made compulsory.  Screening involves taking a blood sample to find out if the new born have any one of five serious auto immune diseases.

The mental disability, is caused by low thyroid hormone production in new born babies paving way for this disorder and stunted growth.  Studies show one in 727 children born in Chennai have congenital hypothyroidism.  Most of the babies screened won’t have this condition but for a few benefits screening are big.

Early treatment can improve health, prevent disability and even death.  This disorder is mainly observed in Chennai and Foetal care research foundation is investigating the reasons for the increased incidence of neonatal hypothyroidism.

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Source: Economic Times