Study: Celiac Disease Four Times More Common Now Than 50 Years Ago

The AP (8/1, Stobbe) reports, “Recently, a research team led by the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Joseph Murray looked at blood samples taken from Americans in the 1950s and compared them with samples taken from people today, and determined” that “celiac disease actually was increasing. Indeed, the research confirms estimates that about one percent of US adults have it today, making it four times more common now than it was 50 years ago, Murray and his colleagues reported” in a study published July 31 in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Currently, some two million people in the US may have celiac disease.


Higher Antioxidant Intake May Be Linked To Reduced Pancreatic Cancer Risk


Medscape (7/24, Hand) reports, “Higher intakes of the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium could possibly cut the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 67%, according to a study published online [July 23] in Gut.”

HealthDay (7/24) reports that investigators “tracked the long-term health of more than 23,500 people, aged 40 to 74, who entered the study between 1993 and 1997.” The investigators “found that people with the highest dietary intake of selenium were half as likely to develop pancreatic cancer as those with the lowest intake.” Participants “who consumed the highest dietary intake of three antioxidants — selenium and vitamins C and E — were 67 percent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer compared to those with the lowest intake.”

        The UK’s Telegraph (7/24) reports, “If further studies prove that the antioxidants were causing the added protection, the finding could prevent one in 12 cases of pancreatic cancer, the researchers suggested.” The UK’s Press Association (7/24) also covers the story.



The physicians of Gastroenterology Specialties and Lincoln Endoscopy Center are pleased to announce that Dr. William Lawton, II will be joining them on July 1, 2012.  Dr. Lawton
is accepting new patients scheduled after July 1.  He is
a native Nebraskan and received his training at UNMC.
Please call 465-4545 to schedule your appointment with Dr.
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