• An Evidence Based Ethical Approach to Parental Refusal of Screening Tests: The Case of Asymptomatic Neonatal Hypoglycemia

    9 days ago - By The Journal of Pediatrics

    Since the advent of the phenylketonuria screen for newborns in the 1960s, there has been an explosion of new tests for the early detection of numerous genetic, cardiac, and metabolic diseases. The intent is to discover and treat these illnesses before symptoms develop and to prevent possible irreparable harm. Screenings are typically conducted with parental assent rather than explicit consent. However, parental refusal on the grounds of personal and religious beliefs are becoming increasingly more common.
    Read more ...