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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Free NIH Lactose Intolerance Conference

Roseline Hooks wrote to me from the National Institutes of Health Office of Medical Applications of Research. And it sounds exciting for the technically-mnded among you.

I thought your readers might be interested to know about an upcoming NIH state-of-the-science conference sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute and the NIH Office of Medical Applications of Research:

Lactose Intolerance and Health
February 22-24, 2010

Register Online

The purpose of the conference is to evaluate the available scientific information on lactose intolerance and health and to develop a statement that advances understanding of the issue under consideration and will be useful to health professionals and the public.

Discussion topics:

* What is the prevalence of lactose intolerance, and how does this prevalence differ by race, ethnicity, and age?
* What are the health outcomes of dairy exclusion diets?
* What amount of daily lactose intake is tolerable in subjects with diagnosed lactose intolerance?
* What strategies are effective in managing individuals with diagnosed lactose intolerance?
* What are the future research needs for understanding and managing lactose intolerance?

What happens at an NIH state-of-the-science conference?

* At the conference, invited experts will present information pertinent to these questions, and a systematic literature review prepared under contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be summarized.
* Conference attendees will have ample time to ask questions and provide statements during open discussion periods.
* After weighing the scientific evidence, an unbiased, independent panel will prepare and present a consensus statement addressing the key conference questions.

Please visit our e-toolkit which includes short drop-in newsletter articles, a Web button, a prewritten email notification of the event, etc. If I may forward these materials, or if you have any questions, please let me know.

I hope that you will share this conference with your readers.

I've already registered. Even if I can't get away to go, I hope to monitor some of the webcasts and look at the conference statement. I'll share as much as I can with all of you.

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