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TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey is the first state to require hospitals to check newborns for congenital heart defects.
Gov. Chris Christie signed the measure into law on Thursday.
The measure requires hospitals to perform a test which determines the amount of oxygen in the blood before a newborn is discharged. A low amount may indicate congenital heart disease.
The state Health Department says about 300 babies were born in New Jersey with the type of heart defect detected by pulse oximetry screening between 2008 and 2010.
About one in every 100 babies is born with congenital heart disease a year nationally.
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