See the latest article from American Medical News here. I pulled out some interesting parts of the article... It's interesting to see Dr. Fasano's comments about cost-effectiveness which is a totally valid point in the US.
Identifying celiac disease through population wide screening leads to improved health for those who are diagnosed, and as a result, establishing these types of programs on a limited scale should be considered, according to a study in the April Pediatrics.What are your thoughts - screen everyone or targeted screening?
Whether to screen for the condition and who should be tested have been a matter of debate. Many experts do not believe population wide efforts would be realistic, although more targeted efforts are viewed as relevant. A small but growing number of institutions are periodically providing screening opportunities, and a handful of guidelines recommend it for specific populations.
"The most cost-effective way is case-finding," said Alessio Fasano, MD, medical director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore. "We need to test people who have symptoms and conditions related to celiac disease rather than screen everybody."
Also - check out Emily's recent post over at Celiac Underground about the benefits of better and faster diagnosis.