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Egyptian newborn screening laboratory is world's largest
Source: Press release
Congenital hypothyroidism reportedly affects up to one in every 1,400 babies in the Middle East; it is a standard component of newborn screening programmes, as early detection and treatment with thyroid prevents irreversible mental retardation. Egypt has been screening for the condition for more than ten years; the new central laboratory replaces 14 regional centres of screening. A database with store test results for use in population health research and planning.