Rauner signs bill providing screen tests for newborns

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This week, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill to help detect the leading genetic cause of deaths for infants under the age of two.

The legislation requires the Department of Public Health to provide all newborns with screening tests for the presence of spinal muscular atrophy. The genetic disease affects part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.

“Usually, parents will start to see that babies cannot hold up there heads, then overtime babies might not progress with their development like sitting,crawling,” said Jennifer Burton, M.S at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

With Rauner’s signature, Illinois is the fifth state to require the screening.

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