A new study published in the journal BMC Gastroenterology finds that people who suffer from painful mouth sores should be screened for celiac disease.
For the study, researchers from Tehran University of Medical Sciences evaluated 247 patients who had experienced at least three outbreaks of mouth sores in the last year. They tested each subject for celiac-related antibodies and found that 7 patients were positive. All 7 had biopsies that were compatible with gluten-sensitive enteropathy.
Only four of the 7 patients adhered to a gluten-free diet, however, the four that did comply experienced a significant improvement within 2 to 6 months.
The researchers conclude that patients who do not respond to traditional treatment for mouth sores should be screened for celiac disease. With just a simple change in diet, patients can prevent painful sores that affect them every time they open their mouth.
And, now there's an easy way to get tested! If you or someone you know suffers from recurrent mouth sores, suggest the Biocard Celiac Test Kit. It's a simple finger prick test that can be taken from the comfort of your own home. Within just a few minutes, you'll find out if you actually have celiac disease.
A new study published in the June issue of the Journal of Neurology finds a link between celiac disease and temporal lobe epilepsy with hippocampal sclerosis, which refers to brain damage after experiencing a seizure.
Researchers from the Tampere University Hospital in Finland evaluated 48 patients diagnosed with focal epilepsy for the presence of celiac-associated antibodies and gluten sensitivity. They fund that seven of the 48 patients carried the antibodies. The seven patients received and intestinal biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. Three patients had histological evidence--villous atrophy--of celiac disease and the remaining four had inflammatory abnormalities signifying early celiac disease.
The researchers say their findings suggest that celiac disease-related antibodies are associated with the development of hippocampal sclerosis in epilepsy patients and that a gluten-free diet could prevent the brain damage from occurring.
So, in everyday terms, this means that patients with epilepsy should be tested for celiac disease. And now, there's a quick, easy and painless way to find out if you carry the celiac antibodies these researchers are talking about! The Biocard Celiac Test Kit! Check it out now at http://celiachometest.com/
With more than 30 years of experience in research, Russo has spent much of career focusing on the study of the immunology of Autism Spectrum Disorder and has published numerous articles on the topic in scientific journals. These have included such topics as the genetic correlation between
autistic children and family members, autistic children with chronic GI
disease, and levels of metallothionein in autistic children and their
families. Most recently, Dr. Russo’s research has focused on studying
immune dysfunction in autistic children.
Dr. Russo is also a recent
recipient of a grant from the Autism Research Institute to study the
potential relationship between Celiac Disease and Autism.
This is great news as there has been ample anecdotal evidence about a gluten-free diet affecting autism. Hopefully Dr. Russo's work will shed a bright light on the link between the conditions.
A recent study published in the Journal of Pediatrics suggests that children with Down Syndrome should be screened for celiac disease.
To better assess a strategy for early diagnosis of celiac disease in children with down syndrome, researchers from the Department of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam evaluated blood samples from 155 children already diagnosed with down syndrome for the presence of the antibodies related to celiac disease. They also looked for the presence of the HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 genes that are already linked to celiac disease. For children with positive blood tests, the researchers performed an intestinal biopsy to confirm a celiac diagnosis.
The researchers found that more than 40% of children tested positive for the HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8 genes and 8 had positive celiac blood tests. Celiac disease was confirmed in 7 of the children after the intestinal biopsies and in the remaining child after significant improvement after going on a gluten-free diet.
Overall, the study found a prevalence of celiac disease in children with down syndrome of 5.2%, a
prevalence that is 10 times greater than that of the general population in Amsterdam. The researchers conclude that children with down syndrome should routinely be screened for celiac disease during their first year of life. They suggest HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8 screening during the first year of life and antibody blood test screening at age 3.
This study provides a great vehicle to encourage more routine screening for celiac disease at the beginning of life. And with new developments to help with screening, such as the Biocard Celiac Test Kit, everyone with celiac disease can now gain a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
A recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are four times more likely to develop celiac disease than those without the condition.
To determine the prevalence of celiac disease amongst patients with IBS, the researchers--led by a team from the Gastroenterology Division of McMaster University, Health Sciences Centre, Ontario, Canada--reviewed data from MEDLINE from 1950 to 2008 and EMBASE from 1980 to 2008. The researchers found 14 studies that isolated data regarding celiac disease blood testing.
After review, the researchers found that patients diagnosed with IBS were four times more likely to develop celiac disease than the control group of healthy individuals.
So, what does this all mean? If you have IBS, it is important to be screened for celiac disease. Talk to your doctor and try out the Biocard Celiac Home Test Kit.
New research from scientists in Scotland finds a link between gluten and schizophrenia. The research is part of two studies to determine the role of the gluten protein in the development of schizophrenia and diabetes.
The most recent study finds that roughly 30% of patients with schizophrenia are unable to properly digest the gluten protein and exhibit intestinal symptoms and damage similar to people with celiac disease. The researchers believe that gluten may be responsible for activating schizophrenia and aggravating the disease in others.
The results of the study are incredibly important because as gluten is linked to more diseases (celiac disease, diabetes and schizophrenia), it will hopefully help patients treat the diseases in a simple way: a change to a gluten-free diet. Additionally, positive genetic testing to determine a risk factor for the diseases coupled with the gluten-free died, could help prevent many of the diseases from becoming active.