Virginia adds 2 disorders to newborn screening program

Virginia adds 2 new disorders to the Commonwealth’s newborn screening program, which helps detect a variety of rare, life-threatening conditions in infants. They include Spinal Muscular Atrophy and X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy and join a screening panel of metabolic and genetic disorders that range from the more well-known Cystic Fibrosis to many relatively obscure conditions that can cause severe sickness, physical or mental disabilities, even death, if not diagnosed early.