Alternative medicine practitioners may market bogus celiac tests, treatments

(Reuters Health) - Looking online for alternative medicine providers to diagnose or treat celiac disease is a bad idea because many websites market unproven or ineffective tests and treatments, researchers say.
Source: Reuters: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

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Authors: Liu B, Zhang Q, Wu X, Fu Y, Wang H, Guan Y, Yang S, Liu Y, Cao W, Wang J Abstract Postoperative peritoneal adhesions (PPAs) constitute a common complication of abdominal surgery with a high incidence. Bletilla striata (BS) is an important hemostatic drug used in China for nearly 2000 years. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of Bletilla striata on postoperative intestinal adhesion in rats. PPA was induced by cecal wall abrasion, and Bletilla striata was injected to observe its effect on adhesion in rats. The adhesion and inflammation score were assessed through visual observation and h...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
For most Americans with weight issues, the problem is carrying around too much , not too little. While obesity rates have surged in North America since the 1970s, the proportion of underweight people has remained low—less than 5% of the population, according to a study in The Lancet. These bodyweight trends mean that most health experts are focused on helping people lose weight to avoid disease. But there are also some potentially serious health consequences associated with being clinically underweight, which is usually defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 or below. “There are many epidemiologic st...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news
Authors: Fábián A, Rutka M, Ferenci T, Bor R, Bálint A, Farkas K, Milassin Á, Szántó K, Lénárt Z, Nagy F, Szepes Z, Molnár T Abstract Background and Aims: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is commonly used among patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), but evidence about its real-life use is limited. We aimed to assess and compare CAM use in outpatients with IBD and other gastrointestinal diseases. Materials and Methods: The use of herbs and botanicals, lifestyle modifications and mind/body therapies, patient satisfaction, and con...
Source: Gastroenterology Research and Practice - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterol Res Pract Source Type: research
Abstract Animal models and clinical studies have shown that helminth infections exert immunomodulatory activity, altering intestinal permeability and providing a potential beneficial action on autoimmune and inflammatory disorders in human beings, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and celiac disease. This is consistent with the theory that intestinal microbiota is responsible for shaping human immunological responses. With the arrival of the immunobiologic era and the use of antibodies, we propose a distinctive pathway for treating patients with IBD and celiac disease. We have some evidence about the safety...
Source: World Journal of Gastroenterology : WJG - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: World J Gastroenterol Source Type: research
Conclusion. The probiotic formula when taken orally over the 12-week period did not significantly alter the microbiota measured in this population. The trial was registered with Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trials Register ACTRN12610000630011. PMID: 27525027 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
One of the more annoying health crazes going around right now is the gluten-free diet. While it’s a boon to the very small proportion of the population who have real celiac disease and thus truly cannot tolerate gluten, at the same time gluten has become the health demon that is touted as the cause of…
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking celiac disease gluten gluten free gluten-free diet Source Type: blogs
One of the more annoying health crazes going around right now is the gluten-free diet. While it’s a boon to the very small proportion of the population who have real celiac disease and thus truly cannot tolerate gluten, at the same time gluten has become the health demon that is touted as the cause of…
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking celiac disease gluten gluten free gluten-free diet Source Type: blogs
Authors: Norsa L, Tomba C, Agostoni C, Branchi F, Bardella MT, Roncoroni L, Conte D, Elli L Abstract OBJECTIVES: Celiac disease (CD) is treated by life-long gluten-free diet (GFD). Novel therapies are under development. Willingness of CD children's parents to alternative therapies and GFD impact were evaluated. METHODS: Parents of celiac children on GFD were investigated on need and preference for novel CD therapies, children's enrolment in trials, compliance to and personal judgment on GFD, health status (HS) and quality of life (QoL). RESULTS: About 59.5% surveyed parents expressed the need for alternativ...
Source: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition - Category: Nutrition Tags: Int J Food Sci Nutr Source Type: research
Background/Aim: Medical research is looking for alternative drug-based options to the gluten-free diet (GFD) for celiac disease. We aimed at evaluating the need for alternative therapies perceived by celiac patients. Methods: During the 2013 meeting of the Lombardy section of the Italian Celiac Patients Association, adult subjects were invited to fill in a questionnaire investigating their clinical profile in relation to compliance to the diet, quality of life (QOL) as well as their opinion on alternative therapies. Results: Three hundred and seventy two patients (76 m, mean age 41.7 ± 13.9 years) completed the ques...
Source: Digestion - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Ahead of Print.
Source: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition - Category: Nutrition Tags: article Source Type: research
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