- Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerance Research
Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerance Research
From what we understand about celiac disease, both genetic and environmental factors play a part in its development: people with certain genetic dispositions are more likely to develop it, but studies of high-risk twins have shown that in 25% of cases, only one of the twins will develop the disease.
Two researchers recently conducted an assessment of the contribution of celiac disease autoantibodies to the disease process.
We know from past studies that the intestinal bacteria communities of children with celiac disease differ greatly from those of healthy children, but there has been little work done to draw such a correlation with adult celiac disease sufferers.
Goblet cells that line the intestine and secrete mucous are emerging as a possible target for treating inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and food allergies.
Should gluten sensitivity be thought of as “celiac light,” as just one of the milder manifestations within the wider spectrum of celiac disease? Some doctors and researchers think so.
Horses are susceptible to inflammatory small bowel disease, and the condition effects horses in much the same way as it effects humans. A research team recently conducted a study to examine the possibility that gluten may play a role in equine ISBD.
Doctors and researchers are still debating the usefulness of active blood screening for spotting celiac disease in older populations. Studies do suggest that many cases of celiac disease go undetected, especially in the older population. One unanswered question is whether screening does any good for older people who have been eating gluten many decades.
Currently, the best way to assess whether patients with celiac disease are actually maintaining a strict gluten-free diet is to have trained experts conduct a dietary interview. These interviews can vary in complexity, depending on the nature and number of the questions, and on the amount of medical expertise required to score the responses.
Some studies suggest that people with celiac disease may have high levels of resistance to the HBV vaccine, compared to the general population. A team of researchers recently took a look at the issue of HBV vaccine reliability in people with celiac disease.