Excerpted from: www.kcrg.com

Celiac disease or Gluten Intolerance seems to be coming more prevalent. Several factors need to be considered before we jump to the conclusion that it is contagious or an epidemic: more people are seeking help for symptoms, better diagnostic tools are available and more physicians are aware of the later onset of the disease.

Some facts and figures to consider from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness:

  • One in 133 Americans have celiac disease.
  • 95% of people with celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
  • 6 to 10 years is the average time a person waits to be correctly diagnosed.
  • There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease.
  • A 100% gluten-free diet is the only existing treatment for celiac today.

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Excerpted from: www.foxnews.com

Novak Djokovic says his unbeaten run is down to his special, gluten-free diet and now Sabine Lisicki hopes she too will benefit in the long run after discovering she is allergic to wheat products.

German Lisicki was on the verge of upsetting third seed Vera Zvonareva in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday but, with the finishing line in sight, she crumbled on court and had to be carried off on a stretcher sobbing.

On Thursday, the 21-year-old explained why her health had suddenly deteriorated.

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Excerpted from: abcnews.go.com

A popular diet intended to curb the effects of autism received yet another blow today in the form of a new study that found that autistic children who adhered to a gluten-free, casein-free diet showed no improvement in their symptoms.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, and casein is a protein found in dairy products.

Dr. Susan Hyman, lead author of the study, said she knows that some families would be surprised by the team's findings, especially given the reports of dramatic clinical improvement observed by many families using the diet.