Missouri legislation to expand newborn disease screenings

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 | 10:55 a.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon planned to sign legislation Wednesday morning expanding the number of tests run on newborns for potential genetic disorders.

Missouri already requires that babies be screened for 67 diseases. The bill that Nixon was to sign Wednesday would add five lysosomal storage diseases to the list by July 2012.

One of the new screenings would be for Krabbe disease. The bill is named for Brady Cunningham, a southeast Missouri boy who died from Krabbe disease earlier this year.

Brady's family planned to attend the ceremony at the Statehouse in Jefferson City.


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