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Oats and the Gluten-Free Diet

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Celiac Disease (CD), a genetic condition affecting 1% of the population, is somewhat unique among autoimmune conditions in that it has an effective treatment in the gluten-free diet. However, the diet can be difficult to follow; a significant proportion of CD patients do not respond to the diet with the expected intestinal healing, typically due […]

Screening for Celiac Disease: An Update

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The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) has posted its research plan for the screening of the U.S. population for celiac disease. The research plan is designed to answer seven key questions about screening. These questions are:   What is the effectiveness of screening versus not screening for celiac disease in asymptomatic adults, adolescents, or […]

Gluten Introduction and Development of Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease remains one of the most common autoimmune diseases, affecting approximately 1% of the population in the United States. Celiac disease is genetic; having a first degree relative with it means you are about ten times more likely to develop the disease. However, almost one third of the U.S. population has the genetic components […]

Gluten-Free Labeling Compliance

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On August 5th, 2013, the FDA issued its final ruling on the label “gluten-free” and when it could be applied to packaged foods under the FDA’s purview. The compliance date for this ruling, August 5th, 2014, has come and gone, and two studies have been published that investigated the level of gluten in foods labeled […]

Hookworm Infection a Possible Defense Against Celiac Patients’ Response to Gluten

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Currently, the primary treatment for celiac disease (CD) is a strict and lifelong gluten-free diet, which can saddle patients with heavy financial and social burdens. On top of this, many patients continue to get exposed to gluten accidentally, preventing their intestines from healing properly. Other forms of treatment, such as Alvine Pharmaceutical’s ALV003, are being […]

How Celiac Disease Affects Pregnancy

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In the past, celiac disease (CD) was thought of as a children’s malabsorptive disease, but CD patients can experience many non-gastrointestinal symptoms, and a recent paper from Italy attempted to review how CD can affect the reproductive health of women.