Meeting face-to-face makes all the difference
By Heidi C. Marchand, Pharm.D. While to many, the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., signal spring, for my office the season means bountiful opportunities to meet with groups in town for meetings and conventions in our capital city. Patient and health professional advocacy groups that are some of FDA’s key stakeholders come to FDA Headquarters in nearby Maryland – or we go downtown to their meeting sites – for a mutual exchange of information that often has a profound influence on how we do our jobs protecting and promoting the public health. So far, we have had informative discussions with groups as va...
Source: Mass Device - June 5, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog News Well FDA Source Type: news

Gluten-Free Medication Guidelines
For those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies, springtime is synonymous with sinus troubles. As much as 30 percent of the world's population is estimated to suffer from seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis, and it can often lead to sinus infections. For many, these are easily remedied by antibiotics and a few days of rest. However, as I learned recently, the story doesn't end there for those who suffer from celiac disease. An autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1 in 133 Americans, celiac can be characterized by gastrointestinal issues along with depression, skin problems, and anemia. The only kn...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Government of Canada improves access to gluten-free foods
To mark Celiac Awareness Month, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, today announced changes that will result in more safe food choices for Canadians with celiac disease by approving "gluten-free" claims on specially produced oats and foods containing these oats. (Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada)
Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada - May 30, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Health Canada Source Type: news

Celiac Disease Lowers Hepatitis B Vaccine ResponseCeliac Disease Lowers Hepatitis B Vaccine Response
In children with celiac disease, immunologic response to the hepatitis B vaccine is impaired, even after a gluten-free diet or a booster, new research shows. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Celiac-safe wheat and preemie pain detection among new LSDF awards
(Life Sciences Discovery Fund) Celiac disease-safe wheat, premature infant pain detection, and new medicines to fight flu and cancer are among the ideas to receive $2.9 million in funding from Washington's Life Sciences Discovery Fund. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 21, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Well: Many Probiotics Taken for Celiac Disease Contain Gluten
More than half of the 22 top-selling probiotic supplements that researchers analyzed contained gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that is harmful to people with celiac disease. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - May 19, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: ANAHAD O'CONNOR Tags: Probiotics Body Celiac Disease Gluten Alternative Medicine Featured Source Type: news

Well: Many Probiotics Taken for Celiac Disease Contain Gluten
More than half of the 22 top-selling probiotic supplements that researchers analyzed contained gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye that is harmful to people with celiac disease. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANAHAD O'CONNOR Tags: Probiotics Body Celiac Disease Gluten Alternative Medicine Featured Source Type: news

When Patient Is Ms. -- Not Mr. -- Celiac Diagnosis Is Delayed
(MedPage Today) -- Swiss study suggests that physicians are slower to act on women's symptoms. (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - May 19, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

In Probiotics, 'Gluten-Free' Often a MisnomerIn Probiotics, 'Gluten-Free' Often a Misnomer
About half of probiotics labeled gluten-free contain at least trace amounts of gluten, a new analysis has found, which can be harmful for patients with celiac disease. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - May 18, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Probiotic Supplements May Contain Traces of Gluten
Finding could be a problem for people with celiac disease who take these products (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your Mysterious Nerve Pain Could Be Undiagnosed Celiac Disease, According To New Study
People with celiac disease are more than twice as likely to suffer from nerve damage than the general population, according to a recently published study in the medical journal JAMA Neurology. The association is so strong that the study authors suggest people with nerve damage should also be screened for celiac disorder in order to pinpoint potential treatment options, according to lead researcher Jonas Ludvigsson of the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet. "The current guidelines suggest that patients with neuropathy [nerve pain] should be screened for type 1 diabetes and certain vitamin deficiencies,...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Increased Neuropathy Risk in Celiac Disease Increased Neuropathy Risk in Celiac Disease
Screening for celiac disease is advised in cases where neuropathy has no obvious cause, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - May 15, 2015 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Many probiotics are contaminated with traces of gluten
More than half of popular probiotics contain traces of gluten, according to an analysis. Tests on 22 top-selling probiotics revealed that 12 of them (or 55%) had detectable gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, and patients with celiac disease need to eliminate it from their diet or face pain, bowel symptoms, and an increased risk of cancer. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New study finds that many probiotics are contaminated with traces of gluten
(Columbia University Medical Center) More than half of popular probiotics contain traces of gluten, according to an analysis performed by investigators at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center. Tests on 22 top-selling probiotics revealed that 12 of them (or 55 percent) had detectable gluten. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 15, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Celiac Disease: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Joseph Murray tell us about celiac disease. To listen, click the link below. Celiac Disease (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 14, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Sanofi and Selecta partner to develop new immunotherapy for celiac disease
French drugmaker Sanofi has exercised its option with Selecta Biosciences for second exclusive licence to develop an immunotherapy to treat celiac disease. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - May 14, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve Damage
Title: Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve DamageCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/11/2015 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/12/2015 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Digestion General)
Source: MedicineNet Digestion General - May 12, 2015 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Celiac Disease and Neuropathy: More Evidence of an Association (FREE)
By Jenni Whalen Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD A new study in JAMA Neurology adds to the evidence linking celiac disease with increased risk for neuropathy.Researchers examined data from small intestine biopsies performed between … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - May 12, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Coeliac disease raises risk of developing neuropathy
Screen for coeliac disease in people with neuropathy, suggest researchersRelated items from OnMedicaMen with high oestrogen levels at greater risk of breast cancerDoomwatch report warns of 80,000 superbug deathsHeart disease twice as common in coeliacsMums report more gut symptoms in toddlers with autismCancer screening reminder texts work (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 12, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Celiac Tied to Neuropathy Risk (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Rates of nerve problems more than doubled in celiac patients. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - May 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve Damage
Researchers suggest screening people with gluten sensitivity (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

View of gluten-free diets as fad ‘damaging’ to coeliacs
Estimated one per cent of the population is allergic to gluten (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - May 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve Damage
Researchers suggest screening people with gluten sensitivity Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Celiac Disease, Peripheral Nerve Disorders (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Names for new diseases must not cause offence, WHO says
World Health Organization issues best practices for naming new human infectious diseases Related items from OnMedicaStatins may slow prostate cancer progression in advanced diseaseRange of new and costly drugs added to WHO ‘essentials’ listFirst online assessment aid for coeliac disease set to launchWHO called to change infant infection guidelinesWho will lead the way to patient-centred care? (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 11, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Celiac Awareness Month - May 2015
As Minister of Health, I am pleased to recognize May as Celiac Awareness Month and to acknowledge the challenges faced by Canadians living with this chronic disease. (Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada)
Source: Government of Canada News - Health Canada - May 5, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Health Canada Source Type: news

Data Today, Better Tomorrow
Some of us are suckers for studies: clinical trials, focus groups, surveys -- whatever promises to shed a little light on the human condition, or possibly make that condition a little better. This writer is a hopeless volunteer. I have had my knees examined by MRIs, perhaps studying why I still have the originals despite a long history of abuse. I have had blood drawn for a study of celiac disease by someone who came to the house as part of the deal but unfortunately was not trained to find veins without causing excruciating pain. I have filled out lengthy surveys about addictive behavior -- which may include addiction t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Celiac and Gluten Sensitivities Gain Prominence, Drug Companies Race to Find Treatments
It’s estimated that about three million Americans have celiac disease. And even though a gluten-free diet can help alleviate symptoms, it’s not a cure-all. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANDREW POLLACK Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Sitari Pharmaceuticals Food and Drug Administration Avalon Ventures Limited Celiac Disease Alvine Pharmaceuticals GlaxoSmithKline PLC Gluten AbbVie Inc Source Type: news

First online assessment aid for coeliac disease set to launch
Aims to find undiagnosed half a million estimated to have conditionRelated items from OnMedicaCosmetics expose coeliac sufferers to glutenDoctors are missing coeliac disease, GP warnsCoeliac disease more common in children with IBSNew cases of coeliac disease almost tripled in 20 years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 28, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Truth About Gluten
Health crazes and diet trends may come and go, but every so often there are advances in the nutrition and medical field that are true game changers. For decades, individuals diagnosed with celiac disease were simply characterized with ghastly gastrointestinal problems, but with further research, this multisystemic autoimmune disorder is now known to be caused by permanent intolerance to gluten, predominantly found in genetically-susceptible individuals. Gluten is the main storage protein of wheat, rye and barley. While gluten is mainly found in foods, shockingly it is even an ingredient in everyday products such as medicin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delayed diagnosis of celiac disease may put lives at risk: Is screening the solution?
Celiac disease is one of the most common life-long conditions in Europe, yet many people remain undiagnosed and lengthy diagnostic delays may be putting lives at risk. Today, doctors are being urged to consider testing for celiac disease in anyone showing signs and symptoms of the condition and to consider screening everyone in high-risk groups. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 24, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Delayed diagnosis of celiac disease may put lives at risk: Is screening the solution?
(SAGE Publications) Celiac disease is one of the most common life-long conditions in Europe, yet many people remain undiagnosed and lengthy diagnostic delays may be putting lives at risk. Today, doctors are being urged to consider testing for celiac disease in anyone showing signs and symptoms of the condition and to consider screening everyone in high-risk groups. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

New campaign helps at-risk families test for celiac disease
(Reuters Health) - A new campaign is encouraging people with celiac disease to talk with their at-risk relatives about getting tested for the condition – and providing tools to make the conversations more productive. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Celiac disease linked to miscarriages and preterm deliveries
(Reuters Health) – Women with doctor-diagnosed celiac disease are more likely to miscarry or deliver preterm than women with no history of the condition, according to a small U.S. study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Optical resonance-based biosensors designed for medical applications
(Elhuyar Fundazioa) A telecommunications engineer of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has designed in his Ph.D. thesis optical resonance-based biosensors for use in medical applications like, for example, the detecting of celiac disease. Besides achieving greater resolution and sensitivity, the materials used in these devices are much cheaper and more versatile than the ones used in current technologies (mainly gold and noble metals) so they could offer a potential alternative in the design of biomedical sensors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 17, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Celiac disease linked to miscarriages and preterm deliveries
(Reuters Health) - Women with doctor-diagnosed celiac disease are more likely to miscarry or deliver preterm than women with no history of the condition, according to a small U.S. study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Preventing Celiac Disease in Infants: The Known and UnknownPreventing Celiac Disease in Infants: The Known and Unknown
Dr Ritu Verma reviews current evidence and recommendations for early feeding in infants genetically susceptible for celiac disease. CHOP Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - April 13, 2015 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

'We feel each other’s pain' - best friends suffer from coeliac disease
IT only affects one in 100 people yet best friends Kay and Karen both suffer from coeliac disease – Fiona Duffy reports (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Caroline Quentin: All my life I have been accidentally poisoning myself
THE MEN Behaving Badly actress tells how she discovered her chronic digestive pains were caused by coeliac disease (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - April 7, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gluten-Free Diet Basics - It's Not for Everyone
SPARTA, Wis. — The number of people following a gluten-free diet continues to increase. A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiac disease. Eating gluten-free helps people with celiac disease control symptoms and prevent complications. Many other people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity also follow a gluten-free diet to ease their symptoms. A gluten-free diet [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - April 6, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

7 Simple Swaps for Health Without Big Diet Changes
Your kitchen might be under the cruel reign of the food industry. When you remove the sugary, processed foods that hold your weight and health hostage and replace them with real, whole foods, you have a chance to stage a revolution and reclaim your kitchen. Getting the obstacles to weight loss and health out of your way will transform your kitchen into a place of true nourishment and healing. In fact, taking back our kitchens and embracing the act of cooking real food is probably the single most important thing that any one person can do to create a healthy, sustainable food system. It is also a magical alchemy that...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Taste Test: The Best (And Absolute Worst) Gluten-Free Beers
There may have been a time when "gluten-free beer" was an oxymoron -- when the only option for someone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity who had a hankering for a moderately alcoholic carbonated beverage was hard cider -- but that time is not 2015. At least a third of Americans are now trying to avoid gluten, and beer companies, not wanting to lose out on a huge share of their customer base, have rushed to develop a host of gluten-free beers, across all styles, over the past few years. So at this point, "gluten-free beer" is almost as well established a category as "decaf coffee" or &q...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating the Root Cause of IBS: Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
Rosie is a 30-year-old banker with very long work hours who came to see me with symptoms of gas, bloating and constipation. She had stomach cramps after eating, stubborn acne and a weight gain of 10 pounds in the last couple years despite a good diet and exercising regularly. A visit to a gastroenterologist had yielded the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) after testing that included an endoscopy, a colonoscopy, blood work, and an MRI -- all of which were essentially normal. Rosie's doctor prescribed Amitiza, a drug typically given for constipation, which caused her nausea and abdominal pain. She stopped taking i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research Into Wheat Variety For People With Celiac Disease Gains New Ground
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — New research funded by farmers aims to breed a wheat variety for people who can't eat wheat and other grains, an endeavor that comes as wider consumer interest in gluten-free foods is booming. The Kansas Wheat Commission is spending $200,000 for the first two years of the project, which is meant to identify everything in wheat's DNA sequences that can trigger a reaction in people suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which eating even tiny amounts of gluten — comprised of numerous, complex proteins that gives dough its elasticity and some flavor to baked goods — ca...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Celiac Disease: Which Children Should Be Tested? Celiac Disease: Which Children Should Be Tested?
Many children with celiac disease remain undiagnosed; research points toward the establishment of a more systemic approach to testing children for celiac disease. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Caroline Quentin reveals her battle with coeliac disease
The former star of hit TV shows Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek and Blue Murder had blood and gene tests that showed she was likely to have coeliac disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More evidence for rise, and race difference, in U.S. celiac disease
(Reuters Health) – - More than one and a half million Americans have a severe immune reaction to the gluten protein in breads and other foods, and they are most often of European descent, according to a new study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Hysterectomy, ophthalmic migraines, prolapse phobia and belly dance! – Mag’s Story
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Hi I am Mags, I have 3 kids (20, 18 and 16 years old) I am a scientist/ lecturer, I have a hippie-gypsy penchant, and I enjoy natural history walks, belly dancing (amateur) and cooking ( I am a Coeliac so most of my food is home made). Sparing you the details of the how & why I got there, I had a total hysterectomy (keyhole) in West Middlesex University Hospital at the age of 40. A little background on the procedure which from m...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - March 17, 2015 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Your Stories prolapse Source Type: news

Schmaltz Is Gluten-Free
If the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is saying that Kraft Singles are good for us, surely schmaltz is next. The metaphoric meaning of schmaltz is sentimentality -- a heart-tugging moment, accompanied by real or virtual violins. The literal meaning of schmaltz is rendered poultry fat, a heart attack on a plate, the Jewish lard indispensable for making the crackly fried chicken skin treats called gribenes. The metaphoric meaning of Kraft Singles is blandness -- the absence of taste, texture or variety. (See also: Velveeta.) Its literal meaning is as American as American cheese: shiny, rubbery, yellow-orange, imperisha...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Jamie Oliver, please set an example on allergies to your fellow chefs
When 100 chefs warned EU allergen rules were harming restaurants, mother-of-two Claire Campbell-Adams was dismayed. Now she makes her case to her favourite (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - March 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: allergens gluten-free Jamie's Italian allergies European Union restaurants coeliac disease Jamie Oliver chefs Source Type: news