Celiac disease

Mark your calenders for September 13th

September 13th marks Celiac Sprue Association’s (CSA) Celiac Awareness Day. This provides a great time for people suffering with Celiac Disease to spread awareness to their friends, family, and doctors. The CSA has an awareness packet that is available for download from their website. Several possible ideas to promote awareness is to take brochures to your doctor and health/fitness clubs. ...

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May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Spread the Word!

Celiac disease awareness is desperately needed – now more than ever.  While the gluten-free diet has exploded in popularity, celiac disease remains massively under-diagnosed. Why? Two Reasons:  1. The public has shifted its focus to the gluten-free diet and away from celiac disease due to the media. The media likes diets. Diets sell. Oddly named diseases that are difficult to ...

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Mayo Research Suggests Celiac Disease More Common

(Editor’s Note: The author of the article reprinted below may have meant celiac disease when he wrote “gluten allergies.”) Mayo research suggests gluten allergies more common by Sea Stachura, Minnesota Public Radio July 1, 2009 Rochester, Minn. — Celiac disease — an allergic reaction to gluten – is four times more common today than it was 50 years ago, according ...

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Medical Research Study to Test a Potential Celiac Disease Therapy Is Underway and Signing up Participants

There is no cure for celiac disease. But, there may soon be a new therapy to go along with a gluten-free diet. A Phase II medical research study to test a potential therapy for people with celiac disease is underway and signing up participants at CeliacTrial.com. The investigational drug, Larazotide Acetate, was developed by Alba Therapeutics. It passed Phase I ...

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MEDICAL RESEARCH: Vitamin D Deficiency is Associated with Insulin Resistance and ß cell Dysfunction

  Editor’s note: In the following medical research study, healthy participants were enrolled to examine the effects of vitamin D on insulin production and use in the body. This research shows that: 1) Vitamin D plays an important role in insulin sensitivity in the body, and deficiency of vitamin D hampers production of insulin hormone by beta cells in the pancreas. ...

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MEDICAL RESEARCH: Vitamin D Necessary for Preserving Cognitive Function

  Editor’s note: Promising research published January 8, 2007 shows that adequate levels of vitamin D in the elderly are important to maintain cognitive function or thinking skills that include use of language, awareness, social skills, math ability, memory, reasoning, judgment, intellect, learning, and imagination. This study is called a retrospective review because the researchers did not actually examine anyone. ...

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MEDICAL RESEARCH: “Copper Deficiency in Infants with Active Celiac Disease.”

  Editor’s note: In this case report of infants with severe malabsorption from celiac disease, the treating physicians found copper deficiencies based on blood studies that showed severe low copper levels and white blood cell count.  Treatment required copper supplementation in addition to the gluten-free diet.  Normally, in the last few months of gestation, an infant  stores a large amount of ...

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MEDICAL RESEARCH: “Pediatric case series evaluating a standardized Candida albicans skin test prod

   Editors’ note: This study investigating the value and safety of Candin for clinical use in children demonstrated effectiveness and safety.  Candin is a reagent or skin test for sensitivity to Candida albicans, a yeast microorganism that can cause infection.  The study recommends using Candin in combination with other reagents in infants with anergy to see if they react to ...

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MEDICAL RESEARCH: “Probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG enhances gastric ulcer healing in rats.”

Editors’ note: This animal study investigating the effects of Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a strain of probiotic bacteria, on ulcers of the stomach lining of rats demonstrated that bacteria placed directly into the stomach significantly and according to dose reduced gastric ulcer size.  If the results of this animal research are reproduced in humans, it would demonstrate that probiotics may hasten recovery ...

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