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Traditional 'Heel Stick' Test Is Not an Effective Screening Tool for CMV in Newborns

Traditional 'Heel Stick' Test Is Not an Effective Screening Tool for CMV in Newborns

A routine screening test for several metabolic and genetic disorders in newborns, the heel-stick procedure, is not effective in screening for cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, a leading cause of hearing loss in children, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, funded by the NIDCD, is part of a multicenter research project headed by the University of Alabama at Birmingham that is seeking to find the most effective screening test for CMV infection in newborns. The standard method for detecting CMV infection in newborns is labor-intensive and not conducive to a widespread screening program. Read more on the NIDCD Web site.

Last Updated Date: 
July 9, 2010