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Infants to be screened for 118 disorders.

SOON parents will be able to screen their newborn babies for 118 medical congenital conditions, thus making early diagnosis and treatment possible.

It is possible with the help of a new technology which was introduced in India on Friday.

The technology is non- invasive requiring cord blood sample and urine sample of baby which is taken after 48 hours of the birth.

Most of the technologies currently in use, require blood sample taken from newborn's heel.

" This screening program can help identify 118 conditions at birth which if left undetected could manifest to serious disorders, affect growth and even be life threatening," Dr James Shoemaker, associate professor, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, one of the developer of the technology, said.

Newborn screening is mandatory for all babies in several countries including the UK, US, Germany, Japan and Australia.

The technology has been introduced by LifeCell International which has already entered into agreements with 32 hospitals across several cities. Out of these, 20 hospitals are in Delhi including All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Max, Gangaram, Sitaram Bhartiya Institute and Fortis.

The disorders being screened include thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, homocystinuria, phenylketonuria, glutaric aciduria and methylmalonic aciduria.

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