A study published in this weeks' Pediatrics finds that children who have an infectious disease when they introduce gluten to their disease do not seem to have a greater chance of developing celiac disease.
For the study, Swedish researchers evaluated data from 9,408 children, 44 of whom were diagnosed with celiac disease after the age of 1. The researchers found that infection was more common in children at the time of gluten introduction who developed celiac disease when compared to the healthy group of children. However, after making adjustments for the age when gluten was introduced and breast feeding, the researchers found that infection was not associated with developing celiac disease in subsequent years.
The researchers note that their findings add "valuable information to the current discussion regarding environmental risk factors and the pathogenesis of celiac disease...however [they] cannot rule out the possibility that specific pathogens constitute risk factors for celiac disease."
Everyday we hear stories from people who have already been diagnosed and one of the most interesting questions to ask them is how they learned about the disease. You'd be surprised at how many of them have a super silly story to tell.
Just the other day someone told us they learned about celiac disease because someone on a subway train was talking about gluten in dog food, which led to a discussion about how there are starting to be so many gluten-free products in stores. With the internet right at his fingertips, this gentleman used his iphone to "Google" the words gluten-free and started reading about how the gluten-free diet is the cure for celiac disease. Little did this man know, his niece had just been diagnosed with celiac disease and the entire family needed to get tested.
So how did you learn about celiac disease? Send us your stories at email@example.com and we'll post some of our favorites on the blog!
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A study published in the most recent issue of the journal Pediatrics found that kids who attended a gluten-free camp improved their self-perception, emotional outlook on life and well-being while attending the program.
The study evaluated results from surveys given to children ages 7 to 17 years old with celiac disease at the start and end of a 7-day camp program. Roughly 70 percent of the campers had been on a gluten-free diet for less than four years, while the remaining kids had been on a gluten-free diet for more than four years.
All of the children reported that they liked being at the camp and those who had been on the gluten-free diet for the shortest time said they benefited from camp the most by no longer feeling embarrassed by being on a special diet. Additionally, the children said they learned new methods to manage their gluten-free diet.
The study authors hope their findings "encourage children with celiac disease to attend these camps" so they can improve their overall gluten-free lifestyle at home and in public.
For the study, researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, evaluated 30 patients averaging 72.5 years of age with collagenous sprue. All of the patients in the study reported diarrhea and nearly all of them reported weight loss. Out of the study group, 37% of the patients were diagnosed with celiac disease roughly 2 years before developing collagenous sprue. All patients in the study had signs of villous atrophy and about 66% had total villous atrophy.
The study physicians recommended all patients follow a gluten-free diet and some to additionally receive parenteral nutrition. Furthermore, some patients received steroids and others received oral antibiotics to treat small intestine bacterial overgrowth.
After follow-up evaluation, 80% of the patients exhibited a clinical response.
The authors write that, "while
collagenous sprue may have a wide clinical spectrum....this study and
the historical observation of frequent collagen deposition in untreated
celiac disease suggest that collagen deposition is the result of
inflammation common to these two disorders. Ultimately,
it is the successful treatment of the inflammation as in our
series...or the effect of a gluten-free diet in untreated celiac
disease that is central to the reversal of this process. Our data suggest that collagenous sprue is heterogeneous and not exclusively a complication of celiac disease."
A new study published by researchers in Jordan in the Italian Journal of Pediatrics finds that celiac disease is prevalent amongst school age children in Jordan and that the autoimmune condition causes a significant impact on height in boys.
For the study, researchers evaluated 1,985 children ranging in age from 5.5 to 9.5 years old. They measured height, weight and blood samples for IgA anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG) as well as IgA anti-endomysium antibodies (EmA).
Out of the study population, 16 children tested positive for celiac disease, proving a 1 in 124 prevalence rate amongst Jordanian children. When evaluating height, the researchers found that only boys showed a significant reduction in height and weight.
A study in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics finds that a simple five-question survey about abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, constipation and lack of height and weight gain may help identify celiac disease in children.
For the study, researchers from Odense University Hospital in Denmark tested the questionnaire on the parents 9,880 children who were 8 or 9 years old. Of the 7,029 respondents, 2,835 reported at least one symptom. Of those, 1,720 received a blood test and 24 were were found to have antibodies characteristic of celiac disease. After further testing, 14 of the children were positively diagnosed with celiac disease.
The researchers suggest that "a number of preclinical and low-grade symptomatic patients with celiac
disease may be identified by their responses to a mailed questionnaire."
The New York Times blog is doing wonders for celiac disease and their latest post looks at the important topic of the link between celiac disease and infertility. Pregnancy complications affect many women with celiac disease, so definitely take a moment to learn more.