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A test with a long name, and an even longer lasting effect

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California begins a new type of mandatory testing for newborns today…one that could help save a babies' life within its first year.

The test is called the pulse oximetry test and it is used to test for congenital heart disease. Though it has a complex name, it is not a complex procedure.

"Just by putting this little band around her hand, or foot, or finger, what it does is basically measures the level of oxygen saturation in your blood," Greg Perens a pediatric cardiologist says.

Texas will soon be following in California's footsteps with house bill 740 that Governor Perry signed last month. The bill will go into effect September 1st.

Though this test is not yet mandatory in the state of Texas, it is being used in the city of Lubbock. UMC has been giving newborns this test for years, and it has been in effect at Covenant since November of 2012.

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