The HealthPartners Medical Group has launched a program that makes use of electronic medical records and race data to highlight concerns about colorectal cancer among black patients. "Our goal is to save lives by ensuring that more African-American patients in our clinics receive recommended colorectal cancer screening in a timely manner," the medical director of HealthPartners said.
Doctors are urging increased monitoring of patients with celiac disease following hepatitis B vaccinations to ensure patients develop sufficient levels of antibodies. An Italian study found children with celiac disease produced fewer antibodies following vaccination, a reaction that could pose a public health danger.
Restaurants are rapidly adding gluten-free options to their menus, in response to consumer concerns. In Pittsburgh, carb-heavy Italian eateries are becoming more innovative in creating dishes that incorporate gluten-free pasta, breads and pizza crust.
Gina White and Shannon McCarthy in Manchester, N.H., worked on recipes for a year before opening their gluten-free takeout restaurant called Heavenly Fodder. White has been diagnosed with celiac disease and McCarthy has noticed health gains since switching to a gluten-free diet.
Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson says 2009 will be the "best year" to design an overhaul of the U.S. health care system. He urged the Senate Finance Committee to create a bipartisan commission to suggest solutions to Medicare spending increases and called on Congress to create risk pools to help the uninsured. Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala pushed for a strategy to expand health care to all Americans.