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No news is good news
"It is good to know, to catch it at the early beginning," Brittnee Compton, a new mother from southeast Houston, said as she nursed her day-old baby, Ian, at downtown's St. Joseph Medical Center. "But it's also a little scary."
Minutes later, nurses made a small incision on the sole of Ian's foot and used a thin tube to transfer blood droplets onto lab paper. Once dry, it would be sent to the state's laboratory for testing.
Most parents never hear about the tests after the two initial blood draws - no news is good news.
Nevertheless, when results come back positive, it is important to quickly, seek treatment.
"It's not just the screening, it's the follow-up," said Dr. Michael Speer, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a member of the Texas Medical Association's Board of Trustees. "We're spending all this money up front, we better get our money's worth downstream."