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