Newborn Screening Procedures - Recommended or Not?Submitted by adam1mc on Thu, 05/31/2012 - 11:54
I'm looking for some information regarding Newborn Screening.
We should be having our first baby - a baby girl - approximately one week from today. In the past, I've read all sorts of conspiracy stuff regarding newborn infancy screening and how that information is retained and sent to Government organizations. The 'tin-foil' hat type stuff that I've read indicates that (while highly unlikely) the Gooberment could use that information to weed out certain genetic features or possibly target a class of people based off certain genetics.
I'm sure this would never happen, but after-all, this is the same world in which a brutal dictator killed off almost an entire population based off their religion -- So I wouldn't put anything past humanity.
I'll freely admit that I have well worn tin-foil hat and therefore I must say I am a little concerned about these tests.
So the question is - Does anyone have any experience with this? Do you know anything about these tests or the destination of the results? Do you have any links that can clear up some confusion regarding Newborn Screening? I've heard about hiring 3rd party testing centers post-birth to conduct the tests and then have the information destroyed - has anyone done any of this?