Some cases with overlapping symptoms share similar clinical features. Moreover, some patients with comorbid FMS and CD experience symptom resolution after the removal of gluten from their diets.
The CeliAction Study is a Phase 2 clinical trial, sponsored by California-based Alvine Pharmaceuticals Inc., to test if an investigational drug can improve the damage in the lining of the intestine caused by traces of gluten contaminating a gluten-free diet.
It’s not unusual for people to say they feel much better after dropping gluten from their diets, even though they don’t have celiac disease, digestive experts report. What these people describe has come to be called “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” or NCGS. It’s a little-studied diagnosis that has contributed to the growing market for gluten-free products, expected to surpass $6.2 billion worldwide by 2018, according to one estimate.
A collaboration formed earlier this year between San Diego’s Avalon Ventures and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) has hatched its first startup.
Avalon partner Jay Lichter says the company, Sitari Pharmaceuticals, was recently established with $10 million in Series A financing, provided under the Avalon-GSK partnership, to develop new treatments for celiac disease. Under their innovative collaboration, Avalon and GSK also will provide R&D support to screen compounds that could be used to target an enzyme that is believed to play a central role in celiac disease.
Gluten-free diets are taking hold of American households – even though less than one per cent of Americans have celiac disease, the disorder that requires a gluten-free diet.
Thanks to bestselling anti-gluten books and celebrity endorsements, nearly one in three people now define themselves as ‘gluten-free’, according to trend watchers NPD Group.
The Celiac Sprue Association says two offerings by Omission Beer—craft brews made utilizing an innovative gluten-removal process—are safe for those who have the disease to drink, even though they can’t legally be labeled “gluten free.”
[Ed: the road to many hearts is paved with pizza!]
When it comes to gluten-free pizza, sometimes more of a good thing means that there’s actually less of a good thing! The Better4U Foods brand is introducing gluten-free consumers to the new personal version of their highly acclaimed frozen Multigrain Gluten Free Pizzas. The Better4U gluten-free personal pizzas have a suggested retail price of $5.99 – $6.99, making them less expensive – ounce for ounce – than competing brands.
[Ed: Are you sensitive to gluten when applied to your skin? Many people with Celiac disease do have contact allergies to gluten too.]
“Gluten-free” is a huge buzzword right now–but it’s not limited to food: Beauty companies are increasingly labeling products gluten-free. The other day I was in Whole Foods, and there was an entire display of “GLUTEN FREE!” hand soap. But is gluten in cosmetics something we even need to worry about? Between lead in my lipstick and formaldehyde in my hair straightener, I’m not sure I have the capacity for more beauty product-related anxiety.
[Ed: Some nice travel tips!]
I have been globe trekking since before I could walk, and when first diagnosed thought that celiac disease would throw a wrench into my love of travel. To be honest, it did at first. My diagnosis came at a time when there were few good gluten-free products and they were difficult to source. Most restaurants had no clue what I was talking about and going abroad seemed to only magnify the confusion. I slowly but surely got back on the proverbial horse when I realized that celiac need not be limiting and that I needed to take control of the disease and live my life on my terms.
[Ed: One parent's take on those difficult school lunches.]
It isn’t easy to pack a lunch for a child with a Celiac Disease. A child who has Celiac has to be careful of that they eat, which makes it harder to pack a gluten-free lunch she looks forward to eating everyday. My daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease three years ago and I had to learn to feed her at home. When she began attending school, we faced bigger challenges, such as keeping her from wanting foods her classmates were eating. I found a way to get her excited about her packed lunches, while keeping them gluten-free and safe for her to eat.