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All 50 states to require screening newborns for 'bubble boy' disease

All 50 states to require screening newborns for 'bubble boy' disease

The families of every child born in the U.S. will soon know whether their newborns are at risk of having a life-threatening immune disorder sometimes known as “bubble boy” disease, as every state now requires screening for the condition.

The Towson-based Immune Deficiency Foundation has spent the last decade pushing for universal screening for severe combined immunodeficiency. Louisiana became the final state to require newborns be screened for severe combined immunodeficiency this week.

Maryland, the 37th state to approve testing, has required screening since 2016.

While a separate diagnosis is required to confirm a child has SCID, John Boyle, president of the Immune...

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