Montana Passes Newborn Screening Law for Cystic Fibrosis

January 17, 2008

All newborns in Montana will be screened for cystic fibrosis (CF), beginning today. Montana is the 37th state in the country, plus the District of Columbia, to join the roster of states that support routine CF screening at birth.

“We congratulate Montana on joining a growing list of states dedicated to supporting newborn screening for cystic fibrosis,” said Robert J. Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Early diagnosis for CF is critically important because it gives every newborn a better chance for better health and a longer life.”

Research studies show that newborn screening for CF will likely improve and extend the lives of those born with the disease. Early diagnosis allows affected infants to begin nutritional interventions immediately. In research studies, these interventions have been shown to improve height, weight, cognitive and lung function, and to reduce hospitalizations.

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