Screening newborns for muscle wasting condition not recommended

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) finds babies should not be screened for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

B0003724 Nerve in skeletal muscle, showing dystrophin location

Image source: Prof. Peter Brophy – Wellcome Images // CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Image shows nerve in skeletal muscle, showing dystrophin location.

Newborn babies should not be screened for the muscle wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, according to the UK’s independent expert screening committee. The current test available for the condition incorrectly identifies some babies as having the condition and misses others who go on to develop the disease.

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