Ask a Doctor: Probiotics and the Genetics of Celiac Disease

World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Alessio Fasano discusses the potential benefits of probiotics for someone with celiac disease and the genetic component of the disease.

The Cost of Celiac Disease Denial

In this essay, Dr. Ingrid Berg shares the story of watching her mother’s health crumble after being diagnosed with celiac disease and her inability to adhere to a gluten-free diet.

Permanent Immune Scarring Identified in Celiac Disease Patients

New research has identified permanent “immune scarring” in celiac disease which persists despite recovery on a gluten-free diet. It helps explain why patients never recover tolerance for gluten. The evidence encourages early diagnosis of celiac and has implications in the search for a cure.

Poor Follow-Up for Children With Celiac Disease

Children with celiac receive inadequate medical follow-up, according to a study at Boston Children’s Hospital. Within three years, half of patients were lost to follow-up, despite national guidelines that all celiac patients need routine assessment.

Low FODMAP Diet Helps Heal Celiac

Research shows a temporary diet low in FODMAPs can help those with persistent celiac symptoms despite adherence to a gluten-free diet. Study participants showed improvements in both digestive complaints and mental health after only three weeks.

PillCam Explores Gut for Clearer Celiac Diagnosis

A small capsule containing a camera can, when ingested by a patient, explore the small intestine for celiac. Combined with computer technology, it can diagnose the disease without an invasive procedure and with greater accuracy.

Gluten-Free Diet Helps Kids With Celiac More Than Adults

Children treated for celiac heal faster than adults. In a study at the University of Chicago, most patients reported improved symptoms after two years on a gluten-free diet. However, gastrointestinal complaints like bloating and diarrhea resolved better than non-digestive problems like fatigue.

What Is Your Number Two Trying To Tell You?

You might find yourself asking “Dr. Google” about what’s normal and what’s not. Let’s take a look at what your number two might be trying to tell you.