New screening will become law Monday to catch congenital heart disease in newborns

A small bandage-like tool is applied to the

A small bandage-like tool is applied to the baby's wrist and foot to measure oxygen levels. (January 26, 2014 2:34 PM)

Starting Monday, all newborn babies in New York state will go through one additional screening before leaving the hospital.

The purpose of the screening is to catch a defect known as congenital heart disease before the baby even shows symptoms, if afflicted. It will be performed alongside hearing, blood and jaundice tests.

The disease, which kills 40 to 80 babies a year due to a missed...

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