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Newborn Screen: An Underutilized Tool for Screening and Counseling for Thalassemia.

Dalton, Joline and Lakshmanan Krishnamurti.

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects an individual's ability to synthesize hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen and other nutrients throughout the human body. Because the incidence of thalassemia is high among people of Asian descent, thalassemia is emerging as a significant public health problem in Minnesota, where the number of Asian immigrants continues to grow. Although thalassemia is incurable and is often fatal, successful treatments and counseling programs do exist. The key to their success is early detection of the disorder through newborn screening. This article describes thalassemia and the treatment and counseling options available for the disorder, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of successful newborn screening programs, and reports the results of a survey of primary care physicians in Minnesota regarding their efforts to follow up on newborn screens for thalassemia. The authors conclude that the newborn screen is an underutilized tool for detecting thalassemia and other hemoglobin-related disorders. To improve newborn screening in Minnesota, the authors recommend implementation of a comprehensive program to improve identification and counseling of individuals with thalassemia, accompanied by an educational campaign aimed at physicians and the general public.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
31 (3): 19-26
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Reporter 31 (3)