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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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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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Aug.09, 2011

Kate Gosselin Rejects a Guy Over Gluten-Free Cupcakes

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The gluten-free diet was unexpectedly featured on the TLC show Kate Plus 8!

Mother of eight, Kate Gosselin, was with her kids at a cupcake shop when she noticed a very attractive man out the window. She went outside to give him a cupcake and he asked her if the cupcake was gluten-free!

Unfortunately for the pair, Kate was unwilling to put up with any dietary restrictions with the amount of mouths she already has to feed.

Read more and watch the video clip here: http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/838081/kate-gosselin-wonat-date-gluten-free-men

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Aug.08, 2011

NFL Player Comes Back Strong on a Gluten-Free Diet

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Another major athlete is going gluten-free!

Green Bay Packers running back, and NFL superstar James Sparks dedicated the most recent off-season to learning how to follow a gluten-free diet after advice from a nutritionist. The professional suggested that an inability to process gluten was the reason he was healing so slow from injuries on the field.

Starks says of going gluten-free, “I’ve been feasting off of carbs thinking it was good, but my body didn’t react to it the right way..that played a big part in the healing process.”

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/126943008.html

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Jul.15, 2011

A Commentary on Celiac Disease vs Gluten Sensitivity

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This article is very helpful in clearing up some of the confusion surrounding the differences between celiac disease and a gluten intolerance.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that dramatically damages the intestines.  Celiac disease can be diagnosed using a blood test (such as the Biocard test) and confirmed by a small intestine biopsy.

A gluten-intolerance is closer to a food allergy and does not cause an autoimmune reaction.  However this does not mean that people with an intolerance don’t feel just as sick as those with celiac, depending on how severe their symptoms are. Anyone questioning if they have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten intolerance should consult with their doctor to consider getting tested.

Read more: http://sewickley.patch.com/articles/diagnosing-celiac-disease-and-gluten-intolerance

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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.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.06, 2011

McKee Medical Center to Host Celiac Disease Educational Session

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McKee Medical Center in Colorado is hosting an educational series on what it means to be gluten-free.

The first session on June 14, will feature a gastroenterologist who will break down celiac disease and how it differs from a gluten intolerance.

The second session on June 21, will feature a dietician and focus on keeping a nutritious diet, and a safe kitchen, when eating gluten-free.

Read more and register for the event: http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110605/UPDATES01/110605006


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May.27, 2011

Seelig Sentenced in Gluten-Free Fraud Case

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Check it out!  North Carolina resident Paul Seelig has finally received his sentence for fraud after lying to customers about his “gluten-free” products and making some very sick.

Seelig has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for false advertising.  Seelig sickened 23 people with Celiac disease who bought his bread; one was a mother whose baby was born pre-maturely.

Read more:  http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/444248/newspaperid/590/Man_charged_after_lying_about_Glutenfree_bread.aspx

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May.24, 2011

CNBC Features Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free Diet

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This is a very encouraging article from CNBC Healthy Business, that talks about the boom in the gluten-free foods industry and the major companies who are developing gluten-free products.

Major chains are working on gluten-free offerings (such as sandwich giant Subway and their gluten-free brownie).  Most major supermarkets are also stocking their shelves with gluten-free goods such as cereals, breads, and even gluten-free cake and brownie mixes.

In 2010, gluten-free foods racked up $2.5 billion in global sales, accounting for more than a quarter of all food-intolerance purchases, according to Euromonitor International.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/43006008


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