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LifeCell introduces first-of-its-kind diagnostic test for better newborn health

11 May 2021 | News

To determine the concentration of a critical omega-3 fatty acid- DHA

With an aim to provide the best possible healthcare to every child born in India, LifeCell, India’s leading diagnostic solutions provider, has introduced the first-of-its-kind diagnostic test called Omega Score.

The OmegaScore-Prenatal and OmegaScore-Newborn test has been specially designed for Indian pregnant women as well as mothers respectively to determine the concentration of a critical omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, also known as docosahexaenoic acid.

This fatty acid has been proven to be essential for the overall health and cognitive development of a child. DHA is particularly vital for the development of the brain and retina of the fetus during the third trimester till 18 months of the baby’s life.

However, according to suggested reports, DHA intake in Indian pregnant women in the third trimester is the lowest when compared to pregnant women in other developing countries.

LifeCell’s Omega Score, thus, provides a convenient way to carry out an in-depth analysis to quantify DHA levels that give the baby the necessary health boost essential for their rapidly developing brain.

OmegaScore-Prenatal is a self-collection blood test whereas OmegasScore-Newborn is a self-collection breast milk test to make the testing experience comfortable and uncomplicated for pregnant women as well as breastfeeding mothers.

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