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Celiac Expert Shares Knowledge Of Disease (photos)

What are the risk factors of the disease? Left untreated, celiac can lead to other serious complications such as anemia, osteoporosis and, in rare cases, cancer. What are latest treatment options that this conference discusses? The only known treatment for celiac disease is life-long adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. Many are collaborating to find alternative and/or adjunct therapies to the diet while others, like the researchers at The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, are focused on finding a cure. What do you hope this conference could accomplish for the health community in the near future? Awareness and education are key. We must make sure our medical professionals have celiac disease on their radar and are educated properly about how to look for and diagnose celiac disease. We still have at least 85% of Americans living with active celiac disease who are still undiagnosed. That is unacceptable. Hopefully, the important information shared at ICDS2013 will continue to reach the medical community. We hope to have a DVD of the presentations available for purchase in the coming weeks. <br><br>description

No link between celiac disease and autism, study finds

Other studies have found that switching those people to gluten-free diets appeared to also reduce ASD symptoms, but larger trials have not shown any link between the two conditions. For the new study Ludvigsson and his colleagues connected several Swedish databases to compare the celiac disease diagnoses among people with ASDs to a group of people without the developmental disorders. The researchers had information on more than 250,000 people and they found no difference in the rate of ASD diagnoses among people with celiac disease compared to those without the condition. About 44 people per 100,000 were diagnosed with an ASD before they were diagnosed with celiac disease. That compared to about 48 people per 100,000 who were diagnosed with an ASD but not with celiac disease. There was, however, a link between ASDs and a positive blood test for celiac disease, which alone is not enough to diagnose someone with the condition. A celiac disease diagnosis requires both a positive blood test and evidence of damage to the small intestine. "It's very interesting in my mind, because it points to some relationship to gluten that's separate from celiac disease," Dr. Peter Green, professor of medicine and director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center and a gastroenterologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. But Ludvigsson cautioned that the link between ASDs and a positive celiac blood test is based on a small number of cases. There could be a real relationship between the two or it could be a result of doctors overtesting people with ASDs, he said. "I want to underline that the positive association we found in this small group could be by chance," Ludvigsson said. The study also does not shed any light on whether a gluten-free diet improves ASD symptoms, he added. "I think the next step would be for someone to carry out a well-performed study on a gluten-free diet in autism," Ludvigsson said. "There are several such studies, but my understanding is that they haven't been large enough in size." Green, who was not involved in the new report, agreed that people can't draw any conclusions on gluten-free diets for autism. <br><br>his explanation

Celiac disease linked to earlier menopause

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. "It's very interesting that when this disease is diagnosed early and corrected by (a) gluten-free diet, you find that these people improved significantly and their reproductive function improved significantly," added Badawy, who was not involved in the new study. Combined with other studies that have also shown reproductive problems in women with untreated celiac disease, "it's a really important finding," he told Reuters Health. In people with celiac disease - about one percent of Americans - the immune system reacts to a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, and rye. Eating foods with gluten damages the small intestine and keeps it from absorbing nutrients. The authors of the new study, led by Dr. Carolina Ciacci from Federico II University of Naples, Italy said that nutrient deficiencies, plus lower levels of some key hormones in women with celiac disease, may be the reason for the earlier menopause they observed. "When people have celiac disease, they have really chronic diarrhea, for example," Badawy said. "With this, they lose much of the necessary amino acids, vitamins, (and) minerals, and all these certainly have their importance in the function of the vital endocrine organs." Estrogen levels are generally lower in women with celiac disease, said Ciacci. Both reduced body fat and inflammation stemming from the celiac disorder itself can contribute to hormonal disruption, she explained. The new study included a group of about 100 postmenopausal women. Twenty-five of them had been diagnosed with celiac disease and followed a gluten-free diet for at least 10 years before menopause. <br><br>why not try here

Thursday, 3-Oct-2013 18:52 Email | Share | | Bookmark
No Connection Between Autism And Celiac Disease

"An increased risk doesn't mean it causes it in everybody," said Coury. "I think that's important to note." An important clue One finding from the study that can't be easily explained involved children who had immune reactions to wheat proteins that were picked up by a blood test, but no signs of intestinal damage... their blood tests for celiac disease were positive, but their biopsies were not. The study found that those children were about three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism later in life than children who had negative blood test results. Coury said it could be an important clue to the biology behind autism. "We don't know what causes autism. So the question is, what's going on there?" he said. "We do know there are some inflammatory markers or immune issues involved with autism and this might help explain some cases of autism." False positive tests The study authors, however, said that the finding should be interpreted with caution. It is possible, Murray said, that these children were just sick from an early age. Sick children are probably more likely to have blood tests ordered for them. He noted that the blood tests for celiac disease are sometimes falsely positive, so that might have muddied the results. Another explanation may be that children with autism simply have more allergies than those who don't, or they might have a disease where the same underlying defect causes both an immune disturbance and behavioural problems, as Coury speculated. <br><br>had me going

Skipping birthday cake and other treats, when you’re a kid with celiac disease

Joel Achenbach They warn that a prolonged government closure could hurt U.S. innovation and competitiveness. Kids will learn more from another child who has the condition than they will from a parent or an adult who doesnt have it, said Ritu Verma, a pediatric gastroenterologist and director of the celiac disease program at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. What we realized with this peer group [at Childrens National Medical Center] is that the level of candor is really robust, Rakow said. The kids are giving each other tips and strategies. Dana, who was given her diagnosis five years ago, shared that she had a stash of gluten-free cupcakes in a freezer in her schools cafeteria. Whenever a classmate or parent brought the class baked goods containing gluten, she retrieved a cupcake. Sometimes, classmates even seemed envious of her food. Role-playing was used to address the often uncomfortable experience of ordering at a restaurant, which for some kids can be very intimidating. You dont ever have to say you have celiac disease, said Abe Kuhn, who plays basketball at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda and met with the group at a recent session. Just say you have certain dietary issues and that you cant eat wheat, barley or rye. Kuhn, 15, received his diagnosis at age 3. He added, If Im having dinner at a friends house, I tell my friends mom that I have a dietary need. <br><br>read this article

Thursday, 3-Oct-2013 18:51 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Unbelievable Gluten-free Coconut Brownies

Try nuts as a filling instead, whole wheat flour or regular gluten-free flour, and brown sugar. (Beyond the Peel) Unbelievable gluten-free coconut brownies 1/2 cup coconutoil (or unsalted butter) 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao plus 1 tablespoon 6 eggs 1/3 cup honey or agave 1/2 cup coconut flour 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut tiny pinch of salt 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 by 8-inch pan with parchment paper. 2. Melt the coconutoil (just to melting, not hot) and whisk in the cocoa/cacao. 3. In a medium sized bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, honey, and vanilla together. Pour in the chocolate mixture and whisk until combined. Add the coconut flour and coconut and mix until combined. 4. <br><br>see here now

Gluten-Free Recipes: 62 Healthier Desserts

In fact, there are loads of gluten-free desserts options out there. And the best news? Gluten-free folk can have our dessert and eat it too -- all without compromising on our health. Check out our list of 62 healthy recipes for gluten-free desserts, and tell your taste buds "you're welcome.' More from Greatist: 1. Chocolate Cupcakes Who says sugar is the only way to satisfy a sweet tooth? This recipe is free of added sugars. Instead, stevia and coconut oil bring the sweet, while cocoa powder, vanilla extract, peanut butter and espresso powder contribute a range of flavors to these bites of gluten-free goodness. 2. Lemon Polenta Cake Almond flour and polenta form the base for this melt-in-your-mouth confection. The recipe calls for a substantial amount of butter and sugar, so it may not be the healthiest recipe out there -- but the whole ingredients help establish this cake as a healthier option. If you're interested in cutting back on the butter and sugar, it's easy to try some simple, healthier substitutions. <br><br>have a peek at these guys

Sunday, 29-Sep-2013 16:46 Email | Share | | Bookmark
No Link Between Celiac Disease And Autism, Study Shows

Ludvigsson led the study, in which a Swedish national patient register was used to find patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The team also used 28 Swedish biopsy registers to find data about patients with celiac disease (CD). In total, there were 26,995 patients with CD, 12,304 patients with inflammation of the small intestine, and 3,719 patients with normal mucosa but a positive CD blood test. These groups were compared with a control group of 213,208 individuals. Results showed that having a diagnosis of ASD was not associated with CD or inflammation. However, an ASD diagnosis was linked to an increased risk of having normal mucosa but a positive antibody test frequently seen with CD. The researchers say: "Our data are consistent with earlier research in that we found no convincing evidence that CD is associated with ASD except for a small excess risk noted after CD diagnosis." Although the researchers note that "the mechanism of association with a positive CD antibody is not clear," they do suggest it could be attributed to "increased mucosal permeability" in some CD patients or in certain individuals with elevated antibody levels. Autism and intestinal permeability Autism spectrum disorders, which include infantile autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive development disorders, are typically noticeable before the age of 3. Researchers found autism was not associated with celiac disease, which is accompanied by sensitivity to wheat and gluten found in foods like bread. The researchers note that celiac disease is an immune disorder occurring in 1-2% of the Western population. Triggered by gluten exposure, CD normally affects patients who have small intestinal villous atrophy and inflammation. However, the researchers say that recently, there has been evidence that some people with CD have only minor mucosal changes, if any at all. In an interview with Medical News Today, Dr. <br><br>click now

Thursday, 26-Sep-2013 04:13 Email | Share | | Bookmark
5 Gluten-free Diet Myths: What Does The Science Say? (video)

Gluten-free is not a worry-free diet

We dont know if gluten can be of a problem to all of us. There are some, you know, people that advocate that gluten is bad for everybody and therefore should be eliminated completely from the face of the Earth. I believe that this is an extreme position. We dont have evidence that that's the case. JH: Of course, there is evidence that gluten causes serious problems for some of us. But, lets keep it real, often this disease has not been associated with people of color. People who look like me. AF: The old concept about celiac disease first, and then other forms of gluten reaction, was that you have to be of European origin, thats not true anymore. For example for celiac disease, highest concentration and percentage of celiac disease is in Africa, and not definitely Europe. JH: So, if you think youre part of the population suffering gluten intolerance , see your doctor first. Doctors can determine first whether you're sensitive, and then how sensitive you are -- and if youre switching up your diet, that may complicate your doctors diagnosis. DR. <br><br>visit this web-site

Groceries sell gluten-free breads and crackers, and television doctors declare the benefits of cutting gluten entirely from your diet. Although some people must seek out these products due to serious health conditions, restricting the intake of gluten offers a mixed bag in terms of nutritional benefits for healthy adults, experts said. If you have celiac disease, eating gluten triggers an immune response in your small intestine, said Janice Baker, Registered Dietitian with Palomar Health. Over time, this reaction produces inflammation that damages the small intestines lining and prevents absorption of some nutrients. This can result in weight loss, bloating and diarrhea as well as malnourishment to vital organs. Children with celiac disease can be at risk for developmental problems, which is why monitoring their gluten intake is so critical. Becky MacGregor from the San Diego R.O.C.K. Group (Raising Our Celiac Kids) offers some tips to parents whose children have been diagnosed with celiac disease. I advise parents to look into getting gluten-free lunches at school, MacGregor said. Some school districts in San Diego County will actually provide gluten-free lunch options San Marcos and Vista are two of them. Also, watch out for playdough. Most contain gluten, which gets on the kids hands and can end up in their mouths. <br><br>check it out

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