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What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body reacts abnormally to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. When people with celiac disease eat foods that contain gluten, an immune-mediated toxic reaction causes damage to their small intestine, as well as to other systems in the body.

Celiac disease affects about 1 in 133 people, an estimated 3 million Americans. Approximately 85 percent of these people are thought to be undiagnosed. For more information on Celiac Disease, please read What is Celiac Disease?

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

For years, many people reported having celiac-like symptoms—abdominal pain, fatigue, foggy mind, joint pain, tingling of the extremities, even depression—but they repeatedly tested negative for celiac disease—and responded positively to the gluten-free diet. Now specialists recognize that these patients may...more

Research Roundup: June/July 2018

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Research Roundup: June/July 2018

The latest medical news for people with allergies and food sensitivities.

Why are milk-allergic kids at risk for growth problems? Dairy constitutes a large part of the American diet, contributing calories and nutrients. In addition, children with milk allergy are more likely to have eczema and asthma, which may contribute negatively to growth rates, Keet noted, adding that additional study is needed. In the meantime, pediatricians and allergists should advise their patients about eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet and monitor their growth over time.

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