Connect & Coach is an electronic health records system for grocery store dietitians to use in counseling clients, developing dietary plans and helping people manage chronic disease. Registered dietitian Lizzy Wentzel, who helped developed the system, says it can give dietitians more time with clients because patient information can be entered ahead of time.
Scotland's government body responsible for property registration has launched a free, searchable online database with map and ownership information about the nation's more than 17,000 small agricultural settlements, known as crofts. The government contracted with a group of small tech firms on the project, which uses open source and cloud-based technologies as well as Esri's ArcGIS software.
A statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says most pregnant women do not need testing for vitamin D deficiency or additional supplements. Data cited in the report in Obstetrics & Gynecology demonstrated no benefits to screening. ACOG's Dr. George Macones said many women ask about supplements during pregnancy "and for the most part, the answer is no."
The Council for Responsible Nutrition has formed a partnership with the AANP and AANPF to raise public awareness about the services provided by nurse practitioners and the role they play within the dietary supplement industry. About 87% of NPs who took part in a 2009 survey agreed that dietary supplements can help improve or maintain health, while all participants reported talking to their patients about supplements.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has withdrawn his support for the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, which would have given the FDA more power to regulate dietary supplements. McCain introduced the bill last month with Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.