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Hagan's newborn screening bill advances in Senate

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A bill to help save the lives of babies is advancing in the US Senate.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is one of the sponsors of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act. It got unanimous approval in committee yesterday and now heads to the full Senate.

The bill aims to improve the timeliness of newborn screenings for several conditions. Hagan says it's something all parents can get behind.

"My daughter just had our first grandchild about six weeks ago, and I was actually at the hospital when they were getting ready to do this newborn screening test, and I think every new mom is concerned," Sen. Hagan said. "They're worried, they want to have that healthy child, but they also want to know that if something is detected, that there are now treatments available that can help that child."

About one in every 300 newborns has a condition that can be detected through screening, and each year, more than 12,000 babies are diagnosed with a condition detectable by newborn screening.

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