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Dec.17, 2012

Talk to Your Doctor About Celiac Disease Testing

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Celiac Disease is linked to more than 300 symptoms that can affect any system of the body. The symptoms can be typical of the disease such as stomach problems or as confusing as headaches, fatigue and mouth sores.

 In children, the disease could potentially manifest in attention deficit issues and in teenagers could become prevalent after a stressful event.
If you or your child is having unexplained health issues you may want to talk to your doctor and get tested to determine if a gluten-free diet could be the right course of action. Remember, always talk to your doctor first.
Looking for an easy way to get tested for Celiac Disease from the comfort of your own home? Check out the BioCard Test and in just 10 minutes, you could change your life.
Read more about Celiac Disease and possible symptoms now at: http://www.m.webmd.com/diet/celiac-disease-symptoms
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Apr.09, 2012

Prick a Finger…Save a Life: How YOU Can Make a Difference in Celiac Disease Research

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It’s just like being a little kid with a super sore throat and your mom taking you to the doctor to get a test for strep throat. The doctor swabs your throat with two sticks to find out what nasty bacteria is camping out. In just moments you’ve got a diagnosis of strep throat and can start antibiotics to miraculously make the pain go away. You go home with a prescription, get in bed and eat mom’s homemade chicken rice soup until you feel better in a couple of days. How cool would it be if getting diagnosed with celiac disease was this easy?

The wonderful news is that we’re getting closer to having a test that will diagnose celiac disease with just a simple prick of a finger and a 10-minute wait. The BioCard Test measures (anti-tTG) IGA antibodies from a fingertip blood sample. It works by taking a small drop of blood, mixing it with a buffer and applying the mixture onto a test cartridge. Within moments two red lines appear if the test is positive, while only one line appears if the result is negative. And, you can take the test at home without ever getting out of your pajamas!

“The test kit is a point-of-care, at-home test that’s very similar to reading results of a pregnancy test,” said Dr. Daniel Leffler of the Celiac Disease Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Leffler, a gastroenterologist by training with a background in nutrition, has long-standing interest in celiac disease. Several years ago he teamed up with Dr. Ciaran Kelly and Dietitian Melinda Dennis to found the Celiac Disease Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where they focus not only on providing top notch patient care, but also on high level disease research. The latest project: studying the efficacy of the BioCard test for celiac disease diagnosis.

Dr. Leffler said his team got involved with the finger prick test study because they feel it’s important to take down barriers to patients getting diagnosed with celiac disease. “We do a lot with educating other medical providers about offering in-clinic testing, but I think it’s really important to put a tool in the hands of the people.”

“We’ve teamed up with the [marketers] of the test kit at GlutenPro/Biocard  Test to see how effective this test is in the USA. We’re providing 2 kits per family to use on first-degree relatives of people with celiac disease. To qualify, participants in the study must not be on a gluten-free diet. We send them the test kit to take as well as a survey about their ability to use and understand the test. The goal is that this small study comes out favorable so we can move on to large scale studies that will compare the finger prick test to the gold standard laboratory serology testing.”

Dr. Leffler says he’s really excited about the potential of this point-of-care test because it will “allow us to reach a population that might not otherwise come in to get tested, mainly first degree relatives of patients already diagnosed with celiac disease.”

It’s important to note that right now the BioCard Test  is only for research purposes, not actual diagnosis. It is available in Canada and other countries, but it’s still under evaluation here in the United States. And, while the strep throat analogy is a great way to think about how this test will work, it’s extremely important to understand that if you get a positive result with the BioCard Test , do not start a gluten-free diet until you have followed up with a doctor to confirm the diagnosis.

As with all medical studies there’s some fine print you need to know about. Participants in the study must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18
  • A first or second degree relative with celiac disease
  • Not previously diagnosed with celiac disease
  • Not on a gluten-free diet or low-gluten diet within the past 3 months
  • Able and willing to self administer the test, complete a short survey form and return both in the provided envelope
  • Willingness to have follow up medical evaluation in the event of a positive test
  • A resident of the United States

Listen to a full interview with Dr. Leffler about the BioCard study on the Hold the Gluten Podcast with Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod and Maureen Stanley now! And, if you would like to participate in the study, please contact Dr. Toufic Kabbani at celiac@bidmc.harvard.edu or by phone at 617-667-0528.

 

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Mar.29, 2012

Please Help with a Celiac Study

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Are you interested in helping out with celiac disease research? Your participation in this celiac study study will help researchers better understand a new test for celiac disease that can be administered from the comfort of your own home! And, you get results in just 10 minutes!

The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is looking for adults living in the United States who have relatives with celiac disease but have not been diagnosed with celiac disease and are not on a gluten free diet. We are interested in testing the usefulness of a new investigational self-administered fingerstick blood test for celiac disease.

People who participate will be sent a packet with a fingerstick celiac test and a short survey. The survey and the test will be sent back to the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the provided envelope. Participation is expected to take less than 20 minutes. Please note that the fingerstick test is investigational (not FDA approved) and should not be used for celiac disease diagnosis.

BIDMC has a limited number of test kits available. They will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 2 kits per person. This study is completely anonymous and BIDMC will not have any way to tell who was tested with these kits. The study is being conducted by Dr. Daniel Leffler at BIDMC and is being sponsored by GlutenPro.

Participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Over the age of 18
  • A first or second degree relative with celiac disease
  • Not previously diagnosed with celiac disease
  • Not on a gluten-free diet or low-gluten diet within the past 3 months
  • Able and willing to self administer the test, complete a short survey form and return both in the provided envelope
  • Willingness to have follow up medical evaluation in the event of a positive test
  • A U.S. resident

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Toufic Kabbani

The Celiac Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Phone: 617.667.0528

celiac@bidmc.harvard.edu

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Sep.12, 2011

Tomorrow is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day

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Tomorrow is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day. Thanks to an act last year by the U.S. Senate, September 13th is now designed as Celiac Disease Awareness Day and honors the birthday of Dr. Samual Gee, the first researchers to discover the link between the autoimmune condition and a gluten-free diet.

His famous words were “If the patient can be cured at all, it must be by means of diet.”

So what are you doing this year to celebrate the 13th? Consider sharing your story and educating others about celiac disease. Who knows, just by talking about the condition, you could inspire others to speak with their doctors and get tested.

Also, dont forget about the BioCard Test Kit It’s as accurate as those tests performed in a hospital laboratory, safe, affordable and simple to use…the best part is that you can use the test in the comfort of your own home and get results in only 10 minutes.

Learn more about the test at www.glutenpro.com.

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May.12, 2011

Celiac Screening Suggested for People with No Symptoms with Family History

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Check out this awesome article from U.S. News Health that highlights a new study that suggests screening for celiac disease amongst people with no symptoms if they have a family history of the condition.

For the study, researchers screened 3,031 healthy people who were related to someone with celiac disease, but had no symptoms themselves, and selected 40 people who tested positive for antibodies specific to celiac disease. These people began a gluten-free diet and they all reported feeling healthier and a better quality of life after eliminating gluten.

If you know of anyone in your family with Celiac or gluten-intolerance, go get tested!  Even with a few anti-bodies, eliminating gluten could make you feel healthier.

Read more: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/diet-fitness/digestive-disorders/articles/2011/05/08/more-people-may-benefit-from-going-gluten-free

 

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Apr.06, 2011

Video Teaches Patients to Use At-Home Celiac Test Kit

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Are you wondering how the at-home celiac test kit works? We’ve got a great video to share with you that gives step-by-step instructions for using the kit. Check it out now!

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Nov.22, 2010

Celiac and IBS in European Journal of Internal Medicine

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A study published in the October issue of the European Journal of Internal Medicine found that celiac disease is very common amongst patients who show symptoms of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBS).

The study was conducted by researchers at Ankara University Medical School and evaluated patients with symptoms of IBS by admistering the Biocard Celiac Disease Test, the finger prick test kit for celiac disease. Patients who tested positive received an endoscopic small intestine biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of celiac disease.

The researchers confirmed that two of the 100 IBS patients had elevated levels of celiac disease-associated antibodies and were able to confirm the diagnosis with the biopsy. The researchers said that bot haptients went on a gluten-free diet and in turn showed improvement in their symptoms at follow-up. As a result of their findings, the researchers suggested that patients with IBS criteria should also be screened for celiac disease.

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Jan.07, 2010

Celiac Home Test on Facebook

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Do you love staying up to date on the latest and greatest information about celiac disease? If the answer is yes, become a fan of the Biocard Celiac Home Test Kit on Facebook today! You’ll get life updates in your news feed about all things celiac!

Sign up today at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ontario-Canada/Biocard-Celiac-Home-Test-Kit/161162902982

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Sep.29, 2009

Brazilian Study Finds Great Outcomes for Celiac Diagnosis with Biocard Home Test Kit

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A new study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology finds that the Biocard Celiac Home Test Kit is as reliable as the traditional serological tests for diagnosing celiac disease, as well as for monitoring adherence to a gluten-free diet in already diagnosed patients.

For the study, Brazilian researchers evaluated 300 individuals, 206 females and 94 males by giving each the Biocard Celiac Test, which uses just a fingerprick of blood. Patients who showed signs of celiac disease and those with a positive Biocard test were given an endoscopy to confirm the diagnosis. Additionally, patients who reported not adhering to the gluten-free diet were also biopsied to evaluate intestinal changes.

When comparing the results of the Biocard test with traditional celiac antibody tests, the researchers found that the “point-of-care test was as reliable as conventional serological tests in detecting CD cases
and in CD diet monitoring.”

This is great news for the Biocard Test Kit and is hopefully another indicator of how the test being approved in the United States in the near future will improve diagnosis rates and help patients quickly get on the road to becoming healthy.

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Sep.28, 2009

Biocard Celiac Test Kit in the News

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Check out these two fantastic magazine pieces that include the Biocard Celiac Test Kit. Pharmacy Business Magazine lists the test under it’s Hot new natural products and explains the basics of how it works. Then More Magazine offers a great article about celiac disease and the importance of diagnosis. They look at how celiac is connected to so many different symptoms and how important it is to get diagnosed. Additionally they suggest the Biocard Celiac Test Kit as a lower cost alternative to the traditional laboratory tests.

Check them out below:

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