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12/9/2014

Oats and the Gluten-Free Diet

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…

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12/8/2014

Celiac Disease and the Unforeseen Path to Discovery

By Ellen Barlow Mass General Hospital’s Alessio Fasano, MD, has transformed conventional thinking about autoimmune diseases. Alessio Fasano, MD, is everywhere these days. The renowned head of the MGH Center for Celiac Research and Treatment has been in the news clarifying misconceptions about the gluten-free diet, at seminars demonstrating with finesse how to cook a…

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12/3/2014

Caryn Tells Her Celiac Disease Story- Gift of Hope

    All of a sudden, they seem to be everywhere:  gluten-free options in grocery stores, restaurants, coffee bars, and even at the ballpark.  Please, don’t get me wrong…all of this is great.  What isn’t penetrating America’s consciousness, however, is the life-threatening implications of our ongoing failure to quickly and correctly diagnose and treat celiac…

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11/10/2014

Screening for Celiac Disease: An Update

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…

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11/10/2014

Gluten Introduction and Development of Celiac Disease

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…

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10/31/2014

Gluten-Free Labeling Compliance

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…

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10/10/2014

CDF Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Alessio Fasano Featured on Robb Report

In the battle of physician versus maladaptive protein, physician perseveres and recharges through pursuits befitting his Italian heritage. Gluten-Free by the Numbers In 1996 gluten-free foods were a $100 million business. In 2012, gluten-free foods grew to a $4.2 billion industry. 27 million people consume gluten-free foods to lose weight. 9 million go gluten-free because of Gastro-intestinal symptoms. 7 million claim going gluten-free helps clear their headaches and foggy mind.…

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