Using sourdough products made from rice, corn and amaranth in a gluten-free diet could help reduce inflammatory markers by more than 30% in people with celiac disease, according to a study from the University of Bari in Italy. Researchers said sourdough fermentation may facilitate mucosal recovery in celiac patients who are beginning a gluten-free diet.
Research published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found chronic hepatitis C patients have double the risk of dying early from any illness. Investigators at the University of Maryland School of Medicine said they hoped the data would encourage increased testing and early treatment as well as closer monitoring of patients.
Women with celiac disease who follow a gluten-free diet should not enter menopause early but those with undiagnosed disease are at higher risk of doing so and also could face pregnancy complications, according to a study in the journal Menopause. Italian researchers found an early celiac diagnosis and treatment may prevent nutrition and hormone differences in women that could bring on early menopause.
A study of 600 Swiss adults found Crohn's disease may cause post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers said evidence is showing serious illness, not just violence or disasters, can trigger PTSD. Crohn's patients with PTSD were more than 13 times more likely to have worsening symptoms than those without PTSD.
Rezular, an experimental treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, failed in a large Phase III trial and development work on the drug will be discontinued. The study found no significant difference in overall symptom relief for IBS patients on different doses of Rezular versus those taking a placebo.