Check out information from a new study released by the American College of Gastroenterology showing that the lack of information available on ingredients in cosmetics (including common items like lipstick) may contain gluten and could be dangerous for celiac disease patients.
Only a few cosmetic companies offer full ingredient information which leaves consumers at risk for using lotions or cosmetic products that could cause them to have a reaction to gluten.
How would you feel about a mass screening for celiac disease in your community?
Although it's been seen as a controversial topic in the past, recently researchers conducted a large scale screening for celiac disease in adolescents in a Swedish neighborhood and found that 92% of the people were happy to have had the test.
Some questioned the benefits of large scale screenings though most were happy to have unexplained health ailments suddenly explained if they tested positive.
This is a very important read for people suffering from unexplained depression. One clinic in California is using a gluten-free diet to help treat depression and believes that a gluten sensitivity can cause symptoms such as irritability, low energy, and insomnia.
These doctors believe that gluten can cause many symptoms in people that are seemingly unexplainable and believe that there is a strong connection between gluten intolerance and mental health.
Check out this great clip from the Marilyn Denis Show featuring the Celiac Home Test! During the show, correspondent Bryce talks all about digestive health and brings up the importance of screening for celiac disease and how you can now screen yourself at home with the Biocard/CeliacSure test.
Alvine Pharmaceuticals this wekk announced that the Celiac Disease Phase 2a Trial of ALV003 has shown positive results and marks a big step forward in developing a treatment for the autoimmune condition.
The study found after the second phase of the trial that the small intestinal mucosal injury was substantially lower in the group of patients who took ALV003 compared with a group who took placebos. Phase 2b of the trial is currently in the works and will begin in 2012.
Check out this fantastic webinar feature celiac disease expert Dr. Daniel Leffler. In the seminar, Dr. Leffler discusses the pharmacist's role in educating customers about celiac disease. Dr. Leffler also highlighted the benefits of using point-of-care fingerprick tests, like the Biocard/CeliacSure Test Kit, to improve diagnosis, especially among first and second degree relatives of diagnosed celiacs. Presented by GlutenPro and Pharmacy Business.
Are you confused about medications that may or may not contain gluten? We’ve had several questions about the topic so thought we would take a moment to point out some great resources!
The truth is that some prescription and over the counter medications can contain gluten. Wheat starch is one of several binders used to hold pills together. Thankfully, Steve Plogsted--a pharmacist at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio has put together a great resource for the gluten-free community to find safe medications.