Feb/Mar 2014

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Research Roundup: Drug Treatment, Medications, Anaphylaxis Triggers and More

Two-thirds of celiacs are interested in a drug treatment for celiac disease, say researchers from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Older adults, men, those who dine out frequently, those dissatisfied with their weight and those concerned about the cost of the gluten-free diet reported greater interest in drug treatment. Additionally, those who didnít feel their celiac was adequately treated and those reporting a lower quality of life also expressed greater interest in a medication. Key concerns for those not interested in a drug treatment included potential side effects, how well the drug would work and its cost.   More...

GMO Ingredients: Genetically Modified Organisms in Food

Subscribers Only — Elemental formulas are designed for the most allergic and intolerant infants. Free of milk, soy and any other food base, these formulas were created in the laboratory from basic amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Because the proteins are in their simplest chemical form and require no further breakdown, elemental formulas have been used successfully to nourish the most digestively impaired and sensitive infants. They are expensive and the last resort when other feeding strategies have failed. In Dr. Cís experience, elemental formulas were unquestionably reliable.   More...