Study finds gluten in unlabeled “natural” products

LotionsMany of the world’s preeminent gastroenterologists have convened this week for the American College of Gastroenterology’s (ACG) 76th Annual Scientific Meeting at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center at the National Harbor to review the latest scientific advances in gastrointestinal research, treatment of digestive diseases and clinical practice management.

The main Celiac news from the meeting concerns a George Washington University study. It found that the lack of readily available information about cosmetic ingredients has caused Celiacs to unknowingly expose themselves to gluten. The study, prompted in part by a patient case, where a 28-year old woman experienced exacerbation of her celiac symptoms after using a body lotion advertised as “natural,” focused on the top 10 cosmetic companies in the United States in order to evaluate the availability of information about cosmetic ingredients and the accessibility of gluten-free products. The packaging of beauty products rarely provides gluten information.

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New Treatment for Celiac Disease?

WebMD is reporting some interesting news about a forthcoming mice based research study.

The news? Blocking an inflammatory protein called interleukin-15 (IL-15) may treat symptoms of celiac disease and prevent the development of celiac disease in certain at-risk people.

The study finds that IL-15 may be a major player in driving the inflammatory response in celiac disease. Therefore if you block it, you can tolerate gluten.

Even better, medications that block IL-15 are already being developed for other inflammatory diseases.

As usual, more research needs to be done.

Read the full article in WebMD.