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Newborn Screening: Pennsylvania Governor Signs “Hannah’s Law” 10/15/14

October 9, 2014

Updated 10/15/14: Pennsylvania State Governor Corbett signs “Hannah’s Law” Bill.

The Pennsylvania State Senate passes unanimously October 8th, a bill called the Krabbe Disease Screening Bill or “Hannah’s Law”. The legislation adds 6 Lysosomal Storage Disorder (LSDs) to the state list of genetic diseases that newborns must be screened for in Pennsylvania hospitals.

Hannah’s Law is named after a Pennsylvania girl, who is diagnosed at 4-months of age with a rare degenerative disease, Krabbe Disease. Krabbe Disease occurs in 1/100,000 births and affects both the peripheral and central nervous system.

6 LSDs are added to newborn screenings as a result of the legislation:

•   Fabry Disease

•   Gaucher Disease

•   Hurler Syndrome

•   Krabbe Disease

•   Niemann-Pick Disease

•   Pompe Disease.

The Governor of Pennsylvania is expected to sign it.

Please Note: “Newborn Screening” courtesy of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)/National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Public Domain.

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