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  1. Celiac.com 08/31/2018 - Until recently the only way to get a proper screening for celiac disease would be to convince your doctor or health care provider to order the tests, and then pay a visit to the lab where they would draw a test tube or two full of blood. Depending on your situation, it can sometimes be difficult to convince your doctor or health care provider to actually order the tests. They can also be expensive, even if you are lucky enough to have decent health insurance coverage. Did you know that you can now use a LetsGetChecked home screening kit to carry out a full celiac disease screening in the privacy of your own home? I recently took the opportunity to use their kit to re-screen my son for celiac disease, as it's been a while since his last screening, and he should be getting screened annually. The test kit arrived quickly, and upon opening it I found all the items necessary to collect a specimen, plus a very clear set of eight step-by-step instructions, complete with graphics, to make it super easy to follow. The kit requires “activation,” which was done in just a few minutes on their Web site. The activation process allows the lab to connect you with your specimen, so that you can get your results via their Web site. After activating my kit we moved on to the specimen collection, which went far easier than I expected. The kit comes with a few lancets, and we used only one of them to painlessly prick my son's finger. We gathered around 8 or 9 drops of his blood to fill the collection tube. After snapping the lid on it, we put it in the addressed, stamped envelope and dropped it off at our local UPS Store. A few days later I was surprised to get a call from a their medical team who took the time to go over my son's results with me over the phone—which, happily for my son—were negative! I also received an email with the results, and I was able to view them on their Web site as well. Whether you want to save money, wish to have more privacy with your testing and results, or would like to get screened quickly—using LetsGetChecked kit to screen for celiac disease makes a lot of sense. I've already recommended it to several friends and family members, and believe that this is one of the best home test kits available, and will be a big part of the future of celiac disease screening.
  2. Did you ever wonder if your gluten-free diet is really 100% gluten-free? Did you know that you're supposed to be getting regular checkups with your doctor to verify that? The Gluten Detective's stool and urine at-home test kits are designed to verify that your diet is gluten-free, at least during the three or more days prior to running a test. Both the stool and urine tests do the same thing, and both kits make each type of test very easy to carry out. The kits come complete with everything you need, including gloves, collection instruments, extraction solution, dilution solution, test strip, etc. There are many reasons to regularly use these kits. For example, if you eat out regularly at restaurants or at friends' houses you could use them to verify that your food has been safe. Alternatively if you got sick after a meal you could also use a test kit to see if gluten was indeed the culprit, instead of not knowing for sure what made you feel sick. Perhaps you need to ditch that favorite restaurant? Ultimately these kits are designed to help you make better choices with your gluten-free diet, and learn how to stay safe. They are an inexpensive way to regularly monitor your gluten-free dietary compliance. For more info visit their site.
  3. Celiac.com 08/21/2017 - Can a tiny Virginia start-up change the world with a cheap, reliable devise to test food for gluten on the fly? With their startup called Altede, Ed and Anna Champion, together with business partner Briana Petruzzi, hope to build quick, cheap tests for all sorts of food allergens. Their first target is gluten. Altede is looking to develop a test that is reliable, sensitive to FDA levels of 20ppm gluten, costs less than $5 and could be performed within a couple of minutes while sitting at a restaurant table. The Altede team doesn't expect anyone to test everything they eat. But those with severe gluten intolerance might find peace of mind in a pinch. "We really want to keep the cost low. We think that's going to be critical," says Ed Champion. "You know, $15 and you're not going to do it. It's going to be too painful. But $3 or $5…what's your afternoon worth?" Altede has developed an antibody that they grow inside of and later extract from mice, a technique also used by pregnancy test manufacturers. The antibody is specially engineered to latch onto protein molecules inside gluten. A user like Anna Champion would carry the kit, which is about the size of a pack of M&M's. When she comes across a food she wants to eat but suspects may make her sick, she puts a pea-sized sample into a liquid container that comes inside the pouch. She would shake it up and then dip the test strip. The liquid would creep along the paper, passing a stripe of the antibodies Altede designed. If gluten is present, the antibodies will latch on to the proteins, accumulate on the paper and produce a visible pink line. So far, their prototype device can detect small amounts of gluten. The prototype looks and operates just like a pregnancy test. But the test currently takes hours, instead of minutes. Ed Champion says that tweaks to the chemistry will provide quicker results, though there are still a number of technical challenges to overcome. But after two years of development, Champion says the team is getting close. To help the, prepare their portable gluten tester for a product launch, Altede recently enrolled in the first cohort of RAMP, Roanoke's business accelerator, and received a $50,000 grant from the state's Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund. Once the company can quickly and reliably test for gluten, it will use the same technology to build tests for a number of different food allergens. Champion has invested more than $30,000 in the venture to date. He supplies the business knowledge for the company, while Anna Champion, a Virginia Tech researcher, and Petruzzi, a Ph.D. student, are the scientific brains behind the operation. Stay tuned for updates on Altede and their efforts to build a better gluten test.
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