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Mass Screening For Celiac Considered Cost-Effective In Young Adults.

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4/14/2010

A research report by Eran Israeli's of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem reveals that celiac disease screening in young adults can be cost effective.

From Medwire News:

The cost-effectiveness of screening was determined by the time delay between symptoms and diagnosis, quality of life on a gluten-free diet, and celiac disease prevalence...

The authors caution in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics that mass screening would not be cost effective if the time between symptom initiation and diagnosis is less than 6 years.

'Thus, education of health professionals to increase awareness for celiac diseasediagnosis in symptomatic individuals, (thereby decreasing the time delay to diagnosis) may be a valid alternative to screening,' they say. 

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