A federal advisory group is preparing to release a report that calls for nationwide standardized newborn testing for 29 extremely rare but potentially devastating diseases and conditions. Currentyl each state has its own set of tests that newborns automatically receive, which cover from 4 to 35 different diseases.
The problem, well, there are two, no, three potential problems:
1) History shows the risks of automatically administered but untested treatments that caused widerspread harm than the original condition.
2) False positives for little-understood diseases can trigger aggressive-yet-useless treatments.
3) On the other hand, the advocate parents and families of kids whose otherwise treatable condition went undiagnosed until it was too late make emotionally powerful and persuasive arguments for every test possible.