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G6PD Deficiency

G6PD, which stands for Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase is an enzyme in the red blood cells. It acts to protect the red blood cells from hemolysis (breakage of the red blood cells) when exposed to certain medications, food or infections. G6PD deficiency occurs when there is reduced activity of the enzyme in …

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Screening for Congenital Hypothyroidism

What is congenital hypothyroidism? Congenital hypothyroidism is a disorder that affects infant at birth. Children born with congenital hypothyroidism have either absent, partially formed or poorly functioning thyroid gland. This result in inadequate amounts of thyroxine being produced and the child’s brain cannot develop to its full potential. Congenital hypothyroidism …

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