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New Arizona law to expand screening of newborns

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 28, 2014 at 10:55 am •  Published: April 28, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — A recently approved Arizona law means that newborn babies will be screened for a low-oxygen condition that can indicate heart defects that cause serious illnesses or even death.

The law's requirement for the new screening and resulting reports to be submitted to the state Department of Health Services will take effect early in the fall.

The Arizona Republic ( ) reports that most hospitals already screen babies at birth for critical congenital heart defects by measuring oxygen levels.

Screenings of newborns are designed to help doctors treat diseases and conditions early on.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation into law last week.