Posted: 05/22/13 - It was a heartfelt "Welcome Home!" in Wamego Wednesday night as a group of local veterans returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. that is designed to honor our nation's heroes. Read More
Topeka— The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is proud to promote Newborn Screening Awareness Month in September. While most newborns look perfectly healthy, there are some diseases that aren't visible. Unless these diseases are identified and treated early, they can cause severe illness, mental retardation, or in some cases death. To test for these diseases, about 24 hours after birth, a baby's heel is pricked and a small sample of blood is collected by the hospital staff. This blood is then sent to the State public health laboratory where it is tested for several different diseases. If the test is abnormal, re-testing must be done to confirm a diagnosis.
Each September the Kansas Newborn Screening Program joins other screening programs nationwide in an effort to increase awareness of the importance of newborn screening. In FY11, the Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories screened 40,699 infants born in Kansas for twenty-eight genetic disorders. The Newborn Screening Follow-up Program at KDHE worked with physicians to ensure every infant with an abnormal screen received additional screening and diagnostic testing.
“In FY 11, 67 infants were diagnosed with a disorder and received early medical intervention because of this program,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary. “These infants may now live full and productive lives due to early intervention and treatment. Just one blood-spot can save an infant’s life”
For more information about the Kansas Newborn Screening Program visit www.kdheks.gov/newborn_screening
Updated: 05/22/13 - Four sisters are preparing to start a new chapter their lives, the next step in their journey together. The Manhattan High School graduates are part of Kansas' first set of quintuplets. Read More
Posted: 05/19/13 - Weather threatened Junction City High School's graduation Sunday night and even though the ceremony had to be moved indoors, it didn't dampen the mood. Read More
Posted: 05/19/13 - The weather held out in the Little Apple Sunday as hundreds of Manhattan High School students received their diplomas after four years of hard work. Read More
Updated: 05/18/13 - More than 3,300 Kansas State University students celebrated their graduation this weekend, looking back at their time spent at K-State and ahead at their future. One graduate received her diploma with very mixed emotions. Read More