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The New England Newborn Screening Program helps prevent treatable disorders through early detection. The program started in 1962 in Massachusetts, screening for just one disease. Since that time, the number of treatable disorders in the program has increased, and newborn screening has been adopted worldwide as a routine standard of care.

Why Screen Newborns

Most babies, including those with disorders, appear healthy at birth. Routine screening of newborn babies can help doctors identify and treat certain disorders that are not apparent at birth but can become severe later on.

How we saved one baby’s life

Timely screening is critical for newborns, and doesn't stop in extreme weather conditions. Heroic acts by New England Newborn Screening Program staff in the middle of a blizzard saved Juliana Salvi’s life, according to segments on WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV and Yahoo News.

View the segment on WCVB-TV.

View the segment on WHDH-TV.

Story on Yahoo News.

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