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Jefferson Adams

Jefferson Adams is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. His poems, essays and photographs have appeared in Antioch Review, Blue Mesa Review, CALIBAN, Hayden's Ferry Review, Huffington Post, the Mississippi Review, and Slate among others.

He is a member of both the National Writers Union, the International Federation of Journalists, and covers San Francisco Health News for Examiner.com.

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Doctors consult a patient. Photo: CC--Seattle Municipal Archive

Many people who are concerned that they may have celiac disease are not sure where to begin. Many people simply stop eating gluten and call it a day, choosing to avoid what can be a long, drawn-out process of getting an official diagnosis.



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The fact that celiac disease is commonly misdiagnosed will come as little surprise to anyone who's ever gone through what can often be a long, circuitous process of getting diagnosed. Celiac symptoms can be vague, and can mirror symptoms fem numerous other conditions.



Photo: CC--Mike Licht

Some studies have indicated higher rates of reflux in patients with celiac disease, but there hasn't really been any clear data on the risk for celiac disease in patients presenting with reflux.



Sticky Asian-style Chicken. Photo: CC-- Chris Pople

This delightful recipe blends brown sugar, spices, soy and Worcestershire sauces to deliver a sticky, delicious chicken that makes for a tasty departure from the usual dinner.



Photo: CC--Sreejith K.

What should be the screening standards for celiac disease in the general population, and in high-risk groups? To gain an answer, a team of researchers recently set out to review medical literature on screening for celiac disease in relation to the current World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for mass screening.



Photo: Christina D. C. Hoeppner

It is well known that fermenting wheat flour with sourdough lactobacilli and fungal proteases reduces the amount of gluten. A team of researchers recently assessed whether patients with celiac disease can safely consume baked goods made from this hydrolyzed kind of wheat flour.



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People with celiac disease need to maintain constant vigilance against gluten-exposure. Even those celiacs who avoid gluten need to be on guard against nutritional deficiencies, and to check with their doctor when taking certain drugs.



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In addition to being a common ingredient in many commercial food products, gluten is also used in numerous medications, supplements, and vitamins, often as an inert ingredient known as an excipient.



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Pharmacists play a pivotal role in educating patients about gluten-containing foods, medications, and supplements.



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Many people with celiac disease know that gluten exposure can cause gut damage and trouble absorbing some vitamins and minerals, which can lead to serious deficiencies. However, even celiac who follow gluten-free diets may experience similar issues, including impaired vitamin and mineral absorption.



Photo: CC--Jukka Zitting

While it's true that all people with celiac disease are intolerant to gluten, not all people who are intolerant to gluten have celiac disease.



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Are chefs are improving their awareness of gluten-related disorders? That's one of the questions addressed in a new 10-year follow-up study in the UK.



Photo: CC-- Yahann LeGrand

Gluten is a common ingredient in many commercial food products. Less commonly known, however, is that many manufacturers use gluten as an inert ingredient in such products as medications, supplements, and vitamins.



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Avocado, beans and corn help to turn quinoa into a delicious, nutritious salad that is perfect as a side or as a potluck dish. Add a bit of cilantro, some lemon juice and a few spices, and you have a winner!



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Kansas farmers grow a lot of wheat. People with celiac disease avoid wheat like the plague. Not only are people with celiac disease avoiding wheat, but the vast majority of people who avoid wheat now do so for non-medical reasons.



Baked pesto chicken invites. Photo: CC--Nathan Walker

This recipe for basil chicken is easy to make, and sure to please. Take some chicken, smear it with basil pesto, bake it until done, top it with tomatoes and Swiss cheese, pop it in the broiler and bang! you've got dinner.



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A team of researchers recently set out to investigate and describe racial differences in the prevalence of celiac disease and in people without celiac disease, but who avoid gluten.



Chicken sizzles on the grill. Photo: CC--JeffreyW

This recipe delivers every time. Make an easy marinade in the food processor or blender. Marinate the chicken overnight, and toss it on the grill to make a winning lunch or dinner entree.



Photo: CC--Christy Spencer

There's been some evidence to suggest that celiac disease might have impact women's reproductive health. However, the quest for more solid answers continues.



Image: Dr. Falk Co.

Dr. Falk Pharma and Zedira recently announced the start of phase I clinical trials for the drug candidate ZED1227, a direct acting inhibitor of tissue transglutaminase.


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