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Your Health: 2-8-13 Celiac disease

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People with celiac disease may some day have a pill to prevent digestive upsets.

New research shows there is potential hope for a pill.

Researchers have re-engineered a naturally occurring enzyme, to break down gluten in the stomach into much smaller protein pieces, called peptides.

They say these are less likely to trigger the autoimmune response that can create a wide range of painful and irritating symptoms.

For people with celiac disease, everyday foods such as bread, pizza crust and muffins are potential enemies.

People with celiac disease develop digestive upsets caused by ingesting the gluten in wheat, rye or barley products.

The only current treatment for celiac disease is a gluten-free diet.

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