U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd To Speak at Yale Aug. 28 About Bill to Expand Newborn Screening

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., will speak at Yale School of Medicine Wednesday, Aug. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. about a bill he is proposing to expand newborn screening.

Dodd will give his address at Pediatric Grand Rounds, where presentations are made that are of interest to the pediatric faculty at Yale, as well as to the general community. His bill would provide additional funding for education about newborn screening and to expand the scope of the screening.

Scott Rivkees, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at the medical school, testified in June before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Children and Families that newborn screening can save lives, prevent retardation and reduce serious illness in children.

Connecticut currently screens for eight disorders and is in the process of adding to the number of conditions that would be included in the screening. Rivkees said Dodd’s committee would like to establish national standards for newborn screening.

Dodd will speak in the Fitkin Amphitheatre at 333 Cedar St., New Haven, Conn.

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