Thursday, December 20, 2012

Update on Celiac Disease in New England Journal of Medicine

A review article on celiac disease by Alessio Fasano, MD, and Carlo Catassi, MD, was published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. The article, titled Celiac Disease, provides updates on gluten intolerance and celiac disease, including how the conditions are diagnosed and how they affect the body. The article is designed to help make sense of the changing landscape of gluten-related disorders. 

It’s been 10 years since publication of Fasano’s and Catassi’s seminal article that established the rate of celiac disease at 1 in 133 Americans. This follow up a decade later presents a comprehensive review of the condition. It includes the latest epidemiological findings, guidance on diagnosis and treatment, and a discussion on gluten sensitivity, which Fasano calls “the new kid on the block of gluten-related disorders.

Fasano and Catassi are among the leading international experts in the field of celiac disease.  Fasano is the director of the Center for Celiac Research, which is in the process of moving from the University of Maryland to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children. Catassi is the co-director. Their research has helped increase the awareness of  these conditions, resulting in a higher rate of diagnosis and a greater variety in resources to meet the needs of those living a gluten-free lifestyle. 

The full-text of “Celiac Disease” is available directly through The New England Journal of Medicine. 

Beata Rybka

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