There's some important news that was just published on July 24th in MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's consumer health web site. The gist of it is that researchers believe they have finally answered a basic question about the cause of Celiac Disease -- where in the body does the wheat protein gluten enter one's system?
Note:(*this news item will not be available after 10/22/2008).
I've been keenly interested in learning more about Dr. Alessio Fasano, medical director of the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He's an integral part of this research and of this study just released. He's from Naples, Italy and is now practicing in the States. I just read a great article about him in the June/July issue of Living Without, and I highly recommend you doing the same. The more we all know about the research being done on our behalf, the more supportive we can be of the process.
Enjoy this article and share it with every Celiac you know. A special thanks to Kerry Seymour, (a noted Nutritionist in the Reno area), who is also the leader of our Sierra Nevada Celiac Group.
Information is key for us all!
On one other note, I just finished reading Gluten-Free Girl's latest blog post regarding the birth of her baby girl, born last Monday. My heart and prayers go out to Shauna, The Chef, and especially to baby Lucy - for a full recovery and many, many deep breaths.