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Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign Feature Articles

Dental Enamel Defects and Celiac Disease
Celiac disease manifestations can extend beyond the classic gastrointestinal problems, affecting any organ or body system. One of these manifestations—dental enamel defects—can help dentists and other health care providers identify people who may have celiac disease and refer them to a gastroenterologist. This article describes dental enamel defects, as well as other oral health problems, that could be related to celiac disease.

Intestinal Damage from Celiac Disease Persists in Adults, Even with Gluten-free Diet
For adults with celiac disease, treatment with a gluten-free diet will begin to reduce symptoms such as diarrhea and weight loss within weeks. However, recovery from damage to the tissue that lines the small intestine is much slower. This article describes recent research suggesting that it takes years after diagnosis for a substantial portion of adults with celiac disease to recover.

Research Highlights Importance of Biopsy Site for Diagnosing Celiac Disease in Children
Examination of tissue from the small intestine is considered the gold standard for diagnosing celiac disease. This article describes recent research suggesting that obtaining the tissue sample from the region very close to the stomach might increase the accuracy of diagnosis in children.

A Changing Environment and the Increasing Prevalence of Celiac Disease
Research studies in the United States and Europe show that celiac disease is significantly more common now than it was a few generations ago. This article describes recent research into the rate of celiac disease over the past 50 years and considers environmental changes that may be behind it.

Making “Back to School” Healthy and Gluten Free for Children with Celiac Disease
For families of children with celiac disease, the excitement of a new school year can be tempered by uncertainty. This article provides information and links to additional resources to help parents, health care providers, and school staff work as a team to ensure children stay healthy and gluten free at school.

Research Finds Shared Genetic Susceptibility for Celiac Disease and Type 1 Diabetes
Celiac disease and type 1 diabetes are disorders in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks itself, targeting the lining of the small intestine in celiac disease and the beta-cells of the pancreatic islets in type 1 diabetes. This article describes current research that adds evidence to the theory that the two disorders share common genetic causes.

Dermatitis Herpetiformis
Not everyone with celiac disease has digestive symptoms. For some people, the only sign of the disease is an intensely itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis. This article describes dermatitis herpetiformis, which affects 15 to 25 percent of people with celiac disease.

Celiac Disease and Reproductive Problems
Infertility, recurrent spontaneous abortion, and preterm delivery are among the reproductive problems that can affect women with celiac disease. Men with celiac disease can experience reduced fertility and sexual dysfunction. This article describes research into the connection between celiac disease and reproductive problems and offers one woman’s story.

Camps for Children with Celiac Disease Prove Popular
Children with celiac disease don't have to miss out on the summer camp experience. This article provides information about camps that cater to children with celiac disease. They offer all the fun and adventure of any other summer camp—in a food safe environment.

Children and Celiac Disease: Going Back to School
Going back to school is usually full of excitement and anticipation. But for parents of children with celiac disease, it can also be a time of anxiety. This article looks at how health care providers—including doctors, nurses, and dietitians—can support parents’ efforts to protect their children’s health at school and school-related functions.

Staying Gluten-free this Holiday Season
Food is a big part of holiday celebrations, creating special dietary challenges for people with celiac disease. This article offers tips to help people with celiac disease enjoy holiday favorites while sticking to a gluten-free diet.

Traveling with Celiac Disease
Travel can present some dietary challenges if you have celiac disease. But with some planning, you can eat safely when traveling by land, sea, or air and maintain a gluten-free diet once you reach your destination. In this article, celiac disease experts offer their suggestions for safe and healthy eating during travel.


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