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Jan.20, 2012

Huffington Post Looks at Traveling to Italy on a Gluten-Free Diet

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What’s better then getting a stamp on your passport AND an amazing gluten-free meal? Head on over to Italy and that’s exactly what you’re going to get!

Check out this great article from the travel section of the Huffington Post.  For those of us that love to travel,  Italy is a beautiful and welcoming country.   And, it’s amazing news that in the land of pasta that a gluten-free traveler can relax and have a great time without worrying about “what will I be able to eat for lunch?”

Read more about traveling gluten-free in Italy at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dominic-siano/italy-the-land-of-pasta-n_b_1213753.html

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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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Jul.26, 2011

Link Between Celiac Disease and Hyperthyroidism

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Did you know that people with celiac disease have up to a 4 times higher risk of developing hyperthyroidism?

According to research from Orebro University Hospital in Sweden, people with celiac disease have a higher than normal risk of developing thyroid disease. In fact, the reserachers  speculate that the two diseases have similar genetics or share immunological characteristics.

Read more about the study at http://www.empowher.com/thyroid-conditions/content/connection-between-thyroid-disease-and-celiac-disease

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Jul.06, 2011

Celiac Expert Dr. Stefano Guandalini Discusses New Studies

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Check out this great article from the Florida Times Union that features remarks from Celiac Disease Expert Dr. Stefano Guandalini about the latest in celiac disease research.

One study in particular that Dr. Guandalini mentions is UK research that found that 43 percent of people on a gluten-free diet consider their satisfaction with gluten-free foods to be poor or very poor.

The article also points out two new organizations that were recently been formed to further study the disease, the International Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and the American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease.

Read more: http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/455301/mark-basch/2011-07-02/celiac-research-may-bring-alternatives-gluten-free-diet


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Jun.24, 2011

Gluten Pinpointed as Trigger in Non-Celiac Disease Intestinal Symptoms

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Check out this great article published on www.celiac.com about Australian research that identifies gluten as a trigger for stomach pain in people who do not have celiac disease.

The study, done by a team of researchers in Australia, put participants who exhibited symptoms of IBS into two groups and put them on a gluten-free diet.  After 6 weeks, the groups were given bread and muffins, though one group was given gluten-free and one was given products with gluten.  After only one week, 68% of the patients eating gluten reported more severe pain, bloating, and tiredness, and less satisfaction with their stool consistency. Tiredness and fatigue were also major symptoms.

This study is significant as it is the first demonstration that gluten may trigger gut symptoms in people who don’t have celiac disease.

Read more: http://www.celiac.com/articles/22483/1/Gluten-Can-Cause-GI-Symptoms-in-People-Who-Dont-Have-Celiac/Page1.html


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Jun.21, 2011

The Link Between Celiac Disease and Early Menopause

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Check out this article talking about how if Celiac Disease goes untreated it could potentially lead to early menopause in women as well as contribute to potential complications in pregnancy and fertility.

Celiac disease affects “the whole spectrum of the reproductive career of women,” said Dr. Shawky Badawy, the head of obstetrics and gynecology at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.  This could be due to a lack of absorbing nutrients and lower levels of key hormones.  Miscarriages and failure to get pregnant are also symptoms of untreated Celiac.

However it was shown that by following a gluten-free diet women can have the same fertility lifespan as women without celiac and have normal pregnancies. That’s why it is so important to be screened early on for celiac disease. And, it’s now easier than ever with the BioCard Home Test Kit. In just 10 minutes you can find out from the comfort of your own home if you have the condition.

Read more about celiac and early menopause at http://www.worldbulletin.net/?aType=haber&ArticleID=75275


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Jun.16, 2011

Inspiring Story on Celiac Disease and Diabetes

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Check out this great article on college freshman Max Bruno, who works to keep his life balanced while living with celiac disease and diabetes.

“Being diagnosed with one of the conditions would have been hard”, Max says, but finding out he had both at the same time was brutal. “I was really angry. I just kept thinking, ‘Why me?’”

Keeping such a strict diet on a college campus can be really tough, but Max utilizes his insulin pump and watches what he eats very carefully so he can stay healthy.  He confesses that it can be a struggle, but he is determined to be healthy and happy.

Read more: http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2011/06/14/7189/balancing-diabetes-and-celiac-disease/


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Jun.10, 2011

Ask the Expert: Dr. Daniel Leffler on the Celiac Disease Home Test Kit

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The BioCard Home Celiac Test is poised to become a landmark screening method for celiac disease in the United States. It’s already used around the world and, with the help of some of the best researchers out there, the FDA is currently reviewing the test for widespread use across the United States.

To help update all of our loyal readers on the status of the test kit’s approval, we’ve called upon Dr. Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, Director of Clinical Research at The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He’s leading the charge on a study to investigate whether the test is as reliable as other screening methods to diagnose celiac disease.

Question 1:  How are you testing people using the finger-prick test? Are they coming into the clinic and being tested by a nurse? Are they doing it on their own with supervision?

Answer from Dr. Leffler: “We are actually having people use the test on their own at their home or wherever they feel most comfortable taking it. We are really interested to see if this technology would be a useful way of reaching the undiagnosed population who wouldn’t otherwise come in to be tested or take part in a study.”

Question 2: Who are you testing?

Answer from Dr. Leffler: We are handing out the tests to people with celiac disease  and asking them to give the test to their family members who are at-risk for having the condition but have not been recently tested and are on a regular diet. They are left to their own device to take the test.

Question 3: What sort of follow-up guidance do participants receive?

Answer from Dr. Leffler: We provide participants with detailed instructions on what to do after taking the test in terms of follow-up. They have the option of following-up with us at Beth Israel Deaconess or they can follow-up with their own primary care physician. We also let them know that even if they test negative, that having a family member with celiac disease puts them in a high-risk group for the condition and that if they have symptoms, they should consider further screening methods.

Question 4: What are the goals of the study?

Answer from Dr. Leffler: The main goal of the study is to show that this finger prick test kit is a technology that people are willing and capable of using on their own without oversight. Also, we’re looking to find and diagnose a new population of celiac disease amongst family members of those with the condition. It’s so hard for people to get tested even when they want to get tested that this provides a method for people to take control of it on their own.

Question 5: How are you getting people to participate and can others join in?

Answer from Dr. Leffler: So far we’ve worked on a local level in Boston in our clinic and with support groups, however anyone in the United States can participate. If anyone is interested in participating they can contact the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at:celiac@bidmc.harvard.edu


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Jun.03, 2011

Celiac Disease Patients Infrequently Have Elevated Liver Enzymes

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Good news! A new study finds that only a small minority of patients with celiac disease have elevated levels of transaminase liver enzymes, and elevations are treatable by following a gluten-free diet.

However, one of the study’s lead researchers, Dr. Markku Maki says, “Gluten may induce liver disease in celiac disease patients, even if the liver manifestation is infrequent and mostly mild, awareness of its potential existence is important.”

Patients participating in the study who went off the gluten-free diet saw their levels rise and then return to normal once they returned to a gluten-free diet.

Read more about the study at: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/743585


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Jun.02, 2011

Doctor Recommends Celiac Screening for Kids with Other Autoimmune Conditions

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Check it out!  Dr. Alexa B. Adams at the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology suggested that children should be screened for Celiac Disease who have juvenile idiopathic arthritis, arthromyalgias, and myositis.

Celiac Disease has an established connection with many autoimmune disorders and has severe health consequences if left untreated.

Read more about Dr. Adams statement and recommendation at: http://www.internalmedicinenews.com/news/gastroenterology/single-article/consider-celiac-disease-in-autoimmune-disorder-patients/9e1f371327.html


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