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Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews is a contributing writer and former columnist for Kaiser Health News.

Newborns get routine heel blood tests, but should states keep those samples?

By: - September 19, 2022

Close to 4 million babies are born in the United States every year, and within their first 48 hours nearly all are pricked in the heel so their blood can be tested for dozens of life-threatening genetic and metabolic problems. The heel-stick test is considered such a crucial public health measure that states typically require […]