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Doctors urge Nebraska lawmakers to support heart screenings for infants

Posted: 01/25/13 08:18

Doctors who treat newborns are urging Nebraska lawmakers to support a bill that would require congenital heart screenings as a way to help spot potential health threats. Dr. Robert Spicer told lawmakers Thursday that the screenings would help physicians identify children who need more rigorous testing. Spicer says 8 out of every 1,000 children born in the U.S. have a form of congenital heart disease. In many cases the disease doesn't create a serious health risk, but 1.2 of every 1,000 children suffer from a life-threatening form of the disease.The Health and Human Services Committee will decide whether to advance the bill for legislative debate.