360° Coverage : FDA OKs mental disability blood test for infants

1 Updates

FDA OKs mental disability blood test for infants

Jan 17 2014, 2:54pm CST | by

FDA approves novel genetic test that screens infants for predictors of mental handicaps WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared a first-of-a-kind blood...

Filed under: news

 
 
 

31 weeks ago

FDA OKs mental disability blood test for infants

Jan 17 2014, 2:54pm CST | by

FDA approves novel genetic test that screens infants for predictors of mental handicaps

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday cleared a first-of-a-kind blood test that can help diagnose mental disabilities in babies by analyzing their genetic code.

The laboratory test from Affymetrix detects variations in patients' chromosomes that are linked to Down syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome and other developmental disorders. About 2 to 3 percent of U.S. children have some sort of intellectual disability, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The test, known as the CytoScan Dx Assay, is designed to help doctors diagnose children's disabilities earlier and get them appropriate care and support. It is not intended for prenatal screening or for predicting other genetically acquired diseases and conditions, such as cancer.

While there are already genetic tests used to detect conditions like Down's syndrome, doctors usually have to order them individually and they can take several days to develop. Pediatricians said Friday that Affymetrix's test should offer a faster, more comprehensive screening approach. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup stressed that such tests are generally only used after children exhibit certain physical or behavioral signs that suggest a disorder.

"When there's something about the child that strikes us as unusual or pointing to a potential genetic disease, that's when we would use this testing," said Stroustrup, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. "This is not a screening test to be done on all newborns to predict how they are going to do in school when they are 5."

Currently hospitals in all 50 states are required to screen newborns for at least 29 disorders that can be detected though laboratory testing, including sickle cell anemia and cystic fibrosis. Generally those tests pickup irregularities in metabolism, not genetic variations. The mandatory screening program, begun a half-century ago, is considered one of the nation's most successful public health programs.

The FDA said it approved the new test based on studies showing it accurately analyzes a patient's entire genome and can accurately spot variations associated with intellectual disabilities.

Affymetrix Inc. is based in Santa Clara, Calif. Shares of the company declined 17 cents to $9.31 in afternoon trading.

Source: AP Business

 
Update
1

12 hours ago

MAS posts loss of RM307m for Q2

Aug 28 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: Business Times Singapore

August 29, 2014 1:13 AMMALAYSIA Airlines (MAS) registered a loss of RM307 million (S$122 million) for the second quarter to end-June, but warned of worse to come in the second half when the "full financial impact of the double tragedies ...
Source: Business Times Singapore   Full article at: Business Times Singapore
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Associated Press</a>
The Associated Press (AP) is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Drug shows first potential treatment for common anaemia
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) An experimental drug designed to help regulate the blood's iron supply shows promise as a viable first treatment for anaemia of inflammation.
 
 
Shape-shifting cells behind stripes of zebrafish
London, Aug 29 (IANS) Researchers, including Indian-origin scientists, have discovered how the three major pigment cell types - black, reflective silvery, and yellow cells - arise and behave to form the 'zebra' pattern in zebrafish, a small fresh water fish.
 
 
Beware! Married couple share most bacteria
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Know where do bacteria reign? In the cosiness of your home - at doorknobs, light switches, floors, countertops - and within relationships.
 
 
Junk blood tests may reveal resistant skin bacteria
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Instead of trashing contaminated positive blood samples in hospitals, these can be used for studying the presence of skin germs, a study suggests.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Jessica Chastain demands a female superhero movie
Jessica Chastain wants to see the release of a female superhero movie. The acclaimed actress, who starred in the 2013 horror film 'Mama', says Marvel Studios should make a movie in which Scarlett Johansson and her Black...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
New characters to join 'Avengers'
New characters are set to join the 'Avengers'. According to Badass Digest, the latest movie in the franchise 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' will finish with Captain America creating a new team of superheroes by combining the...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
David Brent movie is almost a musical, says Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais says the new David Brent movie is ''almost a musical''. The comedian has given fans of the TV character a preview of what they can expect from the much-hyped film, revealing that it'll take the shape of...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Joaquin Phoenix in 'final talks' for Doctor Strange
Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in final talks to play Doctor Strange in a new Marvel movie. The Academy Award nominated actor is rumoured to be the top choice for the superhero role in the latest Marvel blockbuster,...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Drug shows first potential treatment for common anaemia
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) An experimental drug designed to help regulate the blood's iron supply shows promise as a viable first treatment for anaemia of inflammation. The present treatment strategy for anaemia of...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Shape-shifting cells behind stripes of zebrafish
London, Aug 29 (IANS) Researchers, including Indian-origin scientists, have discovered how the three major pigment cell types - black, reflective silvery, and yellow cells - arise and behave to form the 'zebra' pattern...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Beware! Married couple share most bacteria
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Know where do bacteria reign? In the cosiness of your home - at doorknobs, light switches, floors, countertops - and within relationships. If you are married and have kids, you tend to share...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Junk blood tests may reveal resistant skin bacteria
Washington, Aug 29 (IANS) Instead of trashing contaminated positive blood samples in hospitals, these can be used for studying the presence of skin germs, a study suggests. According to researchers from Tel Aviv...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
New method to diagnose malaria faster
London, Aug 29 (IANS) Finnish researchers have claimed to develop a new system for diagnosing malaria infection faster. The method is based on computer vision algorithms similar to those used in facial recognition...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
'Thank you' turns new acquaintance into friends
Melbourne, Aug 29 (IANS) Expressing gratitude is not just a good habit, it may help you win friends too. Thanking a new acquaintance for their help makes them more likely to seek an ongoing social relationship with...
Read more on Apple Balla