Patients with celiac disease may one day have a treatment that will help them digest hidden gluten in foods or allow them to enjoy a somewhat less restrictive diet.
Between 0.5% and 1% of individuals in the United States and Europe are believed to have celiac disease, and their inability to digest gluten protein in wheat and other grains may lead to serious gastrointestinal tract complications (van Heel DA and West J. Gut. 2006;55:1037-1046). Complications of celiac disease may include malnutrition, anemia, cancer, osteoporosis, and poor pregnancy outcomes.
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