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Screening for sickle cell disease and thalassaemia saving lives

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.69-a (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:69
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The NHS programme for screening newborn babies for sickle cell disease and thalassaemia now covers more than half of England and is on target to reach all newborn babies by March 2005.


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    A mother watches as a sample of blood is taken from her baby's heel

    Credit: RUTH JENKINSON/MOTHER AND BABY

    The programme, which was included in the NHS Plan in 2000 after years of lobbying from doctors and patient groups, was …

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