Australia lags on lifesaving screening

Australia is one of the few developed countries which does not have universal newborn screening for CAH, but a unique study covering 100 years of data in Sweden underscores the potential benefits.

The researchers noticed an increase in diagnoses in the 1960s and 1970s, associated with the introduction of treatment with glucocorticoids and a rise with neonatal screening in 1986.

Traditionally more girls than boys were diagnosed with CAH but after screening was introduced the ratio evened out.