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Heart Test Could Save Babies' Lives

A routine screening test for all newborn babies could save the lives of some born with congenital heart defects, say researchers . A number of babies' heart defects are spotted during a mid-pregnancy ultrasound scan and others may be picked up in the routine physical examination after delivery.

But sometimes the problem is not spotted until the baby becomes ill at home. Congenital heart defects are one of the main causes of of baby deaths in the developed world. A study published in the Lancet says lives could be saved if all newborn babies were given a cheap and simple test to establish the oxygen levels in their blood.  Full story.