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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

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Konig Pilsner is not part of the gluten-free barley plan, to our knowledge. Photo: CC--Houston Entree

The Germans are planning to brew a gluten-free beer from special gluten-free barley grown in Tasmania. How cool is that?

No brands were named in the study. Photo: CC--Ryan Snyder

Many people with celiac disease take probiotic supplements to aid with digestion and improve gut health. However, a new study reveals that many popular probiotics actually contain traces of gluten, which is worrying for people who may have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Checkered flag. Photo: CC--Meridican

For anyone with celiac disease, following a lifelong gluten-free diet has been shown to relieve symptoms, and in celiac patients it has been shown to normalize serologic markers of celiac disease, and to restore damaged intestinal villi. Not following a gluten-free diet, on the other hand, can result in serious complications associated with malabsorption.

Photo: CC--Robert Huffstutter

Is there any relationship between Irritable Bowel Disease and self-reported non-celiac gluten sensitivity? 

Photo: CC--Shawn Allen

Celiac disease risk is strongly influenced by genetic variation in the major histocompatibility complex region. A new study sheds light on the MHC's connection to celiac disease.

This is your beverage. This is your gluten-free pizza. This is your ocean. Any questions?

Consider the real estate saying about: Location, location, location. Now, ask yourself how far would you go for a good gluten-free pizza?

Image: CC--Margherita J. L. Lisoni

Earlier research on celiac disease and neuropathy has been hampered by the use of inpatient data, low study power, and lack of information on neuropathic characteristics.

Tom Brokaw. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The author of a recent book on gluten and health is saying that Tom Brokaw's cancer may be linked to adverse gluten reactions. Really?

Woman with a headache. Image: CC-- Pierre Willemin

A number of studies have shown than many people with celiac disease, including women and children, have issues with headaches, especially migraines. This also true for people with inflammatory bowel disease.

Homemade mustard. Photo: CC--Jeffrey W.

You can thank me for this later, after this delicious homemade mustard has dazzled your hot dogs, souped-up your sausages and generally brightened your culinary life. This recipe makes about 1 cup of mustard that will keep up to a year in your refrigerator.

University of Washington Cheerleaders. Photo: CC--Charles Nadeau

Is the University of Washington’s PR team getting ahead of the facts with claims that the university research team is close to developing a cure for celiac disease?

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.

Image: CC--Jared Rodriguez/truthout

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 of 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.

Photo: CC--Army Medicine

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