The Congressional Budget Office released estimates that President Barack Obama's budget proposal would save Medicare $364 billion over the next 10 years, which largely concurred with the White House's estimate of about $370 billion. The plan, which called for cuts in Medicare payments to health care providers, would reduce by $1.1 trillion the projected federal deficits over the next decade, the office said.
Chicago restaurateur Carlyn Berghoff knows her way around a kitchen, but she still found switching to a gluten-free diet challenging after her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. She says cooking gluten-free for a teen is particularly tricky because they want to eat like everyone else, so she teamed up with a pediatric gastroenterologist and food writer on a book, "Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love."
Preparing healthy meals using fresh produce does not have to be a budget-buster if consumers look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, buy in bulk, and select products that have a longer shelf life, says Kaiser Permanente registered dietitian Stasha Hornbeck. She recommends planning three healthy meals per week to start, buying larger quantities of meat to save money and exploring ethnic recipes to introduce more variety in the diet.
Digestive issues start to surface in middle age as people develop medical conditions and take medications that have gastrointestinal side effects, physicians say. Gastroenterologist Dr. Daniel Cohen at Memorial Hospital Pembroke in Florida says the main complaints he hears from patients involve constipation and acid reflux, both of which may be treated at least in part with dietary changes.
The use of fecal transplant to cure recurrent Clostridium difficile infection may be paving the way for a super-probiotic to treat it, according to Dr. Leonard Smith, co-author of "The Road to Perfect Health." Smith says the condition is challenging because the typical treatment of antibiotics induces bacterial imbalance in the gut, but fecal transplants are believed to address the infection by restoring balance, and other health conditions are treated with such transplants, too. Smith notes that leading researcher Dr. Lawrence Brandt, writing in The American Journal of Gastroenterology, argues a paradigm shift is taking place in the understanding of health and disease treatment "and in its center is our microbiota."