Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gluten drug could allow normal diet

Thanks to Dad who directed me to this article in the New Zealand Herald.

A new vaccine that could be the world's first cure for coeliac disease is being tested in New Zealand.

Clinical trials are under way in Christchurch to test the jab that stops the body reacting to a protein found in most breads.

Coeliac sufferers can't eat anything that contains gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It is in in everyday products such as pasta, biscuits, beer and sausages.

Sufferers are at increased risk of osteoporosis, infertility and bowel cancer if they do not stick to a gluten-free diet.

But the experimental United States drug, which has had one clinical trial, could enable them to enjoy a normal diet.

Coeliac New Zealand development manager Sue Clay said a vaccine would change lives.

"We're very much keeping our members in the loop. It's a very credible, well-funded study that looks promising but it is only early days and there is a long way to go yet."

The vaccine is designed to "reprogramme" the body's immune system, restoring coeliac patients' tolerance to gluten and returning the intestine to a healthy state.

Coeliac disease

* An intolerance to gluten, which is found in wheat, oats, barley and rye.
* Mostly genetic. It affects 1 per cent of New Zealanders.
* Causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Little Visitor

Rob had the day off work today so we had a plumber over to give us some advice about the pool of water under our house. While we were outside a whippet came trotting down our driveway. It had a name tag (Jet) with the owner’s phone number so we left a message letting them know we had their dog. In the meantime we took Jet into the back yard and enjoyed watching him run around with TJ




He was a lovely little chap, very friendly and full of beans. I was sorry to see him go when he was picked up. Apparently it was the first time he had gotten out. He was due to be desexed later in the day. He must have had an inkling…