Tagged Articles

prenatal testing 2 articles

FDA approves first newborn screening test for intellectual disabilities

Federal drug regulators have granted approval for a first-of-its-kind blood test that can detect intellectual disabilities in infants by scanning variations in patients’ chromosomes that are linked to many developmental disorders. The laboratory test, known as CytoScan Dx Assay is made by medical technology company Affymetrix. It is the first FDA-approved test that analyzes the whole genome in a single procedure at very high resolutions. An intellectual disorder is a condition in which a person has limitations in mental functioning and skills such as communicating, taking care of him- or herself, and social skills. These limitations will cause a child ... Read More

Gene scanning gives more accurate, detailed results than conventional prenatal testing

Prenatal testing can give expectant parents insight into the health of their unborn child, but the tests are not foolproof. A new wider use of gene testing in early pregnancy that involves scanning the genes of a fetus can give more accurate results about potential health risks than current prenatal testing. A study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine compared current prenatal testing to gene scanning and found that a surprisingly high number – 6 percent – of fetuses that were found to be normal by conventional testing were found through gene scans to have genetic ... Read More