A team of Italian researchers associated with the University of Salerno evaluated the effects of celiac disease on the mouth and teeth. Previous studies have found that defects in the development of tooth enamel are seen more frequently in people with celiac disease.
People with alpha-gal, a red meat allergy induced by tick bite, may accumulate more plaque in their arteries than those without the allergy, making them more susceptible to heart disease.
Medical guidelines recommend that all first-degree relatives of celiac patients be screened for celiac disease. However, a recent study found poor overall adherence to celiac screening for relatives.
Researchers in Turkey found that the vitamin A and D levels of kids with celiac disease were significantly lower compared to the children who didn’t have celiac disease. And deficiencies in vitamin A and D were significantly higher.
A group of researchers in the UK conducted a systematic data review and found that a mother’s diet can influence her child’s risk of developing allergic disease or autoimmune disease. Among other findings, they reported the positive health benefits of probiotics and fish oil supplementation.
Research has revealed that undiagnosed celiac disease can impact a woman’s fertility. A study recently conducted by Danish researchers supports this and reports that women with undiagnosed celiac may be more prone to miscarriage or stillbirth than women who never develop the disease.
When a person is first diagnosed with celiac disease, nutritional deficiencies are common due to characteristic malabsorption. Many patients have reduced levels of iron, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin D, zinc or magnesium, according to a 2013 article in the Annals of Medicine.
It’s not uncommon for celiac disease to develop in older patients and it’s important to make the diagnosis, says a group of researchers in Finland and the U.K. In a new study published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, these researchers report that celiac disease is now being diagnosed more frequently in seniors. About a quarter of all celiac diagnoses are now made at the age of 60 and over. A fifth are made at 65 and older. And about 4 percent of new celiacs are diagnosed at age 80 and above.
North Carolina resident Elizabeth Powell stood at the pharmacy counter, ready to buy the EpiPens her son needed for his multiple food allergies. She’d done this many times since the boy had his first anaphylactic reaction to peanuts ten years ago. Each time she would buy two EpiPen 2-Paks, ensuring he had one set at home and another when he was out and about.
For many people with celiac disease, gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea take center stage. But for a subset of people with celiac disease, eating or coming into contact with gluten results in a vicious skin rash, either as the only symptom or as a complement to the more typical ones. This rash, known as dermatitis herpetiformis, or DH, typically presents as a series of small raised red lesions that are either solid or filled with fluid. They often show up on the elbows, forearms, scalp, knees, buttocks and even the face. They’re usually bilaterally symmetrical, meaning they appear on both sides of the body at the same time, and they are intensely itchy.