Celiac and Hookworms?


Can these microscopic worms help Celiacs consume gluten?

Did you see the little brief in the Science and Technology part of the News and Observer yesterday? You can see it here, but the gist is scientists discovered that Celiacs injected with hookworms show fewer symptoms of Celiac and gluten complications. You can find a larger article on Science Daily here.

In the study, they injected people with 20 hookworm larvae, then began giving increasing doses of gluten. Not sure how they found out to even use hookworms. Or I cannot see how someone would volunteer, but I am glad to see this research occurring. Maybe soon we will get the benefits of hookworm injections through some kind of pill or less invasive treatment

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