Newborn screening tests 'will save lives'

Trusts across the country currently screen every newborn for five conditions, including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disorders.

Daybreak's Dr Hilary Jones says that at least 16 children are expected to be diagnosed and treated early enough to help them live normal lives.

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Newborn screening tests

Thousands of babies in six areas across the country are to be screened for five rare diseases which - undetected - cause severe disability. Around 430,000 newborns will be tested in the one-year study, which is being launched today.