Researchers found that patients with a family history of colon cancer may live longer following treatment compared with patients without a family link. The study shows patients with a family history had a 28% lower risk of colon cancer recurrence, being diagnosed with a new tumor or death during the 5.5 years of the study follow up.
Patients who have a poor antibody response to a hepatitis B vaccination could have undiagnosed celiac disease, Hungarian researchers report. They also found that celiac patients on a gluten-free diet had a near normal vaccine response.
More than 3 million people in the U.S. suffer from celiac disease and that number is expected to rise -- along with the production of gluten-free foods. One report shows revenues from goods labeled gluten-free have increased nearly 20% in the past year.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued its strategic plan for 2008-2012 to advance national health IT efforts and establish milestones. The plan aims to harness IT to improve the quality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of patient care, as well as benefit public health, biomedical research and emergency preparedness.
The food allergy product market is estimated to hit $3.9 billion in 2008, which shows that food marketers are tuning into the 12 million people in the U.S. who suffer from allergies. General Mills is one of the companies catering to those with celiac disease by reformulating its Rice Chex to be gluten-free.