Study Looks at Genetic Similarities Between Celiac Disease and Multiple Sclerosis

Check out this fascinating article from U.S. News Health that discusses a new study looking at the genetic similarities between celiac disease and multiple sclerosis. The study puts a spotlight on the genetic underpinnings of multiple sclerosis and how of the 50 gene variants related to the disease, celiac and other digestive disorders accrue for almost a third of gene variations.

The study included nearly 10,000 MS patients from 15 countries and more than 17,000 healthy controls. Knowing which genes play a role in MS may help pave the way to develop new treatments, including the possibility that the commonalities between MS and other autoimmune diseases could mean that certain treatments already in use (such as the gluten-free diet!) might work on more than one of the diseases.

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1. Melia wrote:
I have an allergy to gluten and my father died from M.S. I completely see the ties in so many ways. It's sad to think he might have been saved if only this information had been uncovered long ago.

Mon, March 17, 2014 @ 11:48 PM

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