It took a village to achieve’: Texas’ newborn screening lab now testing for ALD
AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Newborn babies in Texas are now getting tested for adrenoleukodystrophy, commonly known as ALD.
Texas joins 15 other states in testing for this condition in every baby born in the state.
The rare genetic disorder occurs primarily in males and affects the nervous system, as well as the adrenal glands. It impacts around one in every 18,000 people.
State health officials, legislators and parents toured the Texas Department of State Health Services’ newborn screening laboratory to celebrate the addition Thursday.