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Dr. Louis Katz to join Executive Leadership Team of America’s Blood Centers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirby Winn   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:55

Oversight of scientific, medical, and regulatory initiatives to follow September retirement of Dr. Celso Bianco

Davenport, Iowa – Dr. Louis Katz has been appointed as the next Executive Vice President for America’s Blood Centers (ABC). Dr. Katz currently serves as Executive Vice President, Medical Affairs for Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) and has worked with the Davenport-based community blood center for more than 30 years. He will transition from his role at MVRBC to his new position with ABC following the September retirement of Dr. Celso Bianco, who has held the position since 2000.

The announcement was made to ABC’s member blood centers in the U.S. and Canada last Friday. “It is a great tribute to the America’s Blood Centers’ membership that we have attracted two of the finest physicians in all of blood banking – first Celso, now Lou – to work with and represent us,” said ABC’s Chief Executive Officer Jim MacPherson. “With the complexity of blood safety issues, Celso was absolutely the right person for his time with us. We are lucky that as community blood centers are integrating more with their hospitals that he will be succeeded by such a distinguished clinician as Lou Katz.”

In his new role, Dr. Katz will serve as ABC’s Chief Medical Officer. He will also lead ABC’s scientific, medical, technical, quality, and regulatory efforts and represent ABC and its member blood centers before governmental and regulatory agencies. Dr. Katz is no stranger to ABC, having served the organization in many leadership capacities, including president, chair of the Scientific, Medical, and Technical Committee, and as a spokesperson for several years.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Dr. Katz to cap his distinguished career by influencing policy in transfusion medicine at a national level,” said Dave Green, Chief Executive Officer at MVRBC. Due to the nature of his new position, Dr. Katz will be based at MVRBC’s headquarters in Davenport, although he will travel frequently to Washington D.C. and to blood centers throughout the country. “He will be very busy with his new responsibilities, but I’m glad to know Dr. Katz will be available to provide counsel to the MVRBC medical staff as we maintain continuity in our medical affairs programs,” said Green.

Dr. Paul McLoone, Chief Medical Officer for Trinity Regional Health System and Chair of MVRBC’s Board of Directors, said “it’s no surprise” ABC would recruit Dr. Katz for a national leadership role. “Through his past service to ABC, his research, and most importantly his stewardship and development of our own community blood center, Lou has demonstrated unparalleled expertise and judgment in the field of transfusion medicine. We have been fortunate to work alongside a nationally recognized leader for all these years.”

Dr. Katz’ accomplishments and experience include: serving as a member and chair of the Food and Drug Administration Blood Products Advisory Committee, a member the AABB Transfusion Transmitted Diseases Committee, the Health and Human Services National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s XMRV Scientific Research Working Group, serving as Medical Director to the Scott  County, Iowa Health Department and founding Community Health Care, Inc.’s Regional Virology Center, a comprehensive Ryan White-funded AIDS clinic in Davenport, Iowa.

“To follow my good friend Dr. Bianco into this position is an honor, but also humbling. I wish him all the best in a retirement that we all know will be as engaged as ever in the important work we do,” said Dr. Katz. “I intend to focus my efforts on service to the membership of America’s Blood Centers specifically, and the blood community in general, while advocating for rational policy development and implementation. All thanks for this opportunity are due to my colleagues at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, who are so good at what they do, that I have been free to spend a lot of time thinking about issues external to the blood center for more than 25 years.”

About America’s Blood Centers
Founded in 1962, America’s Blood Centers is North America’s largest network of community-based, independent blood programs. Recognized by the U.S. Congress for its critical work in patient care and disaster preparedness and response, the federation operates more than 600 blood donor centers providing half of the U.S., and a quarter of the Canadian blood supply.

These blood centers serve more than 150 million people and provide blood products and services to more than 3,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities across North America. America’s Blood Centers’ U.S. members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Canadian members are regulated by Health Canada. For more information, see

About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
MVRBC is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 85 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, including all of the hospitals in the Quad Cities region. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center produces transfusable blood components from more than 200,000 whole blood and platelet apheresis donations each year. The Blood Center’s service region extends from southwestern Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Albia, Iowa, an area with a population of more than 4-million residents.

The not-for-profit community blood center has regional administrative offices in central Illinois (Springfield, Ill., operating as Central Illinois Community Blood Center), eastern Illinois (Urbana, Ill., operating as Community Blood Services of Illinois); southeastern Iowa (Ottumwa, IA) and the St. Louis region (Maryland Heights, MO). From these locations, MVRBC collects blood at 17 fixed site donor centers and at more than 4,000 mobile blood drives held each year. Since its founding in 1974, MVRBC has collected more than 2.5-million units of blood from volunteer donors and has served millions of patients in the Midwest and beyond through national resource sharing programs. For more information, see


Healthy Foods: The Affordable Choice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:31

By USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon

Fresh fruits and vegetables? Key elements of a healthy diet, for sure. But many people of modest means, including those
served by USDA’s nutrition assistance programs, wonder if they can afford to buy healthy foods like the wonderful fresh produce that can be found in summer abundance at America’s farmers’ markets.

As USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, I find that perception a source of concern because we
work hard to encourage all Americans to make healthy food choices – particularly those participating in USDA’s nutrition
assistance programs, from kids in school to the more than 46 million people participating in USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Well, I’m pleased to say that a recent study by USDA’s Economic Research Service, “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It Depends on How You Measure the Price,” found that healthy food choices, like fresh fruits and vegetables, may be more affordable than people think.

They found that while it is easy to buy “cheap” calories by using less-healthy foods, there are many healthy food choices that
cost no more per portion than less nutritious foods. Measured by the cost per portion, or per pound, grains, vegetables, fruit, and
dairy foods are actually less expensive than most protein foods and foods high in saturated fat, added sugars, and/or sodium.

This is great news for all those trying to get by with a limited food budget – like people receiving SNAP benefits. You don’t have to compromise on good nutrition just because money is tight. And just in time for summer.

If you haven’t been to one of the nearly 7,200 farmers’ markets across the country, I encourage you to do so. Farmers’ markets offer shoppers a wonderful place to find the fresh fruits and vegetables and other local produce so important to a healthy diet – particularly now when farmers’ markets are practically bursting with a bounty of summer produce.

USDA strongly supports farmers’ markets. And the Food and Nutrition Service, which I oversee, has farmers’ market programs for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants, for seniors, and for WIC mothers to help provide healthy food for them and their children.

We also encourage farmers markets to accept SNAP electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, which makes it easier for SNAP participants to make purchases.

Farmers markets are the ultimate win-win situation. They’re a win for customers because they can easily buy the freshest produce available. They’re a win for producers because they are a convenient local market for their products.  They also provide a chance for customers and producers to meet face to face and build better understanding of community agriculture and what customers want.

So visit a local farmers’ market today – you’re in for a treat.  And remember, fresh fruits and vegetables are not only the healthy choice – they’re the affordable choice, too.


Improving Iowans' health care PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:28

The Executive MBA program through the University of Iowa helps health care professionals improve the quality and delivery of health care products and services to Iowans.


Nearly 20 percent of the 100 students taking EMBA classes in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines work in health care or health care related fields, including ten physicians, CEOs of healthcare facilities, and leaders in medical device and pharmaceutical industries. They learn how to better manage the business of today’s increasingly complex health care practices and services so they can be delivered more affordably to Iowans.



Alex Taylor, associate director of the Tippie EMBA Programs: “Health care makes up 17 percent of US Gross Domestic Product, so it’s not a surprise that 20 percent of our students work in health care.”



The Tippie Executive MBA program is the only program of its type in Iowa.  To find out more go to

New book shares how type 2 diabetic became insulin-free in 30 days PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Tomlinson   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:01

ELDRIDGE, Iowa – When Iowa author Jason L. McLaughlin was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he knew it was going to be a lifestyle adjustment, but he didn't realize just how much. He quickly got tired of testing his blood sugar levels and injecting insulin. So he decided to do something about it.

After months of research, developing a systematic plan, and actual application, he was free from his dependence on insulin injections. He shares how others can become insulin-free in just one month in his new book releasing nationwide this month, “Diabetes: How I Got Off Insulin In 30 Days.”

The book takes readers through the daily routine, the rules that govern diabetic lifestyles, and the best way to get in control. McLaughlin hopes that, by following the proper eating habits and engaging in a regular exercise plan, readers too can tell their families and friends they are insulin-free in just 30 days.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

McLaughlin lives in Eldridge, Iowa. For more information, visit

Is America Really Dumb About Health – Or Just Incredibly Misinformed? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:54
By: Gordon Filepas

America must seem pretty dumb to the rest of the world when it comes to how we take care of ourselves.  Here’s why:

• America spends more per person on health-care costs than any other country in the world, by a huge margin, yet ranks 29th in longevity and has among the worst health outcomes.
• Americans and their children are still getting fatter and sicker each year.
• American physicians receive less than 24 hours of nutrition training throughout all of medical school.
• 90 percent of what U.S.-educated physicians learn in their careers is either directly or indirectly funded by pharmaceutical companies.
• President Obama’s health-care plan and Mitt Romney’s counter-proposal don’t discuss prevention.

Everyone’s complaining about America’s increasing health and obesity issues and wondering how to solve these problems while also reducing health-care costs. They make it sound like a big, complicated mystery – how could this be happening?  Giving everyone health insurance is the best solution anyone can come up with?  It’s a noble proposition but it won’t solve the problem or do a thing to cure or prevent any disease.

Twenty years ago, I would have thrown up my hands in frustration along with everyone else. Back then, I was in the same place that most of America is today – uninformed, a little bit frantic, and wondering what to do.

But through two decades of common sense study, I’ve learned good health is easily attained and maintained – and it doesn’t require either deprivation or a big change in lifestyle.

I know, now, that Americans aren’t dumb about health. They’re just incredibly misinformed about how to get and remain healthy and lean, and how to extend their longevity.  In many other countries, such knowledge is simply part of the culture, handed down through the generations.

Here’s what I’ve learned after 20 years of intensive research:

• The human cell is essentially immortal and humans should live to, at minimum, 120 years of age while being lean and healthy.
• To achieve this you must give your body what it needs biologically – oxygen, proper nutrition, adequate water and good drainage, freedom from toxins and adequate sunlight:  The same things a plant needs to thrive.
• Genetics has little to do with your weight, health or longevity.
• Humans gain weight or get sick only when their body becomes out of balance because it is not receiving the raw materials to meet its biological needs.
• America can save $600 billion a year with common sense preventative practices that ensure individuals receive the proper nutrients.
• It is impossible to reform America’s health-care “system.” The only way to change the system is to change the health of the people within the system through proper education about health and wellness.  As people become healthier and demand for services is reduced, the system will gradually adapt to reduced health-care needs, much like how the music industry adapted to the introduction of iTunes.

The key is proper education that emphasizes common-sense, time-tested practices focusing on how the human body works. High-tech gadgetry and man-made petrochemicals cannot replace what the human body needs biologically.

Rapid, mass health-care reform in America will result directly from individual self-care reform from proper health education.

Try it America.  You’ll like it.

About Gordon Filepas

Gordon Filepas spent 20 years researching for his book Lean And Healthy To 100 (, interviewing physicians, attending seminars, and reading medical journals and other health-related literature. He is the founder of TGM Partners, a consulting and investment firm. Filepas says he was motivated to learn more about the requirements for optimal health following the deaths of his father and brother from cancer right around the time his first child was born. He hopes to ensure the good health of his family, including his wife of 25 years and three sons.

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