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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 2017

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Research Roundup: June/July 2017

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

Gluten-removed beer may not be safe for people with celiac disease, according to a recent study conducted by the Gluten Intolerance Group at The University of Chicago’s Celiac Research Center. Researchers used blood samples from people with celiac disease to determine whether or not proteins in gluten-free beer and in gluten-removed beer would be recognized by antibodies present in their blood. No blood samples reacted to the gluten-free beer. However, a percentage of blood samples did react to the gluten-removed beer.

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