From the Experts: All Things Celiac

The National Celiac Association and the Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School co-hosted a 75-minute virtual meeting every month from September through December 2020. Speakers presented on selected topics for 60 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer period.

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More Than Celiac Disease: Managing Multiple Autoimmune Conditions

Managing celiac disease presents unique medical, emotional and social challenges; having more than one autoimmune disease in an individual or family requires additional coping skills.

On February 11th at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, join Dr. Edwin Liu, Director of the Colorado Center for Celiac Disease, and Janis Arnold, MSW, LICSW, licensed social worker at Boston Children’s Hospital for a compelling session on science and social support.

Dr. Liu will address the types of autoimmune diseases associated with celiac disease, recommendations for monitoring, and the role of gluten in the development of autoimmunity.

Janis will talk about the social worker’s role on the medical care team, identify the developmental stages a patient goes through in adjusting to a chronic illness, and describe approaches and resources to assist in managing the psychosocial aspects.

Lee Graham, Executive Director of the National Celiac Association, will introduce the webinar, and Dr. Daniel Leffler, a gastroenterologist in the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will moderate the session.

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.25 CEUs for Registered Dietitians (pending); 1.5 CEUs for Registered Nurses

A New Perspective: The Psychology of Dealing with a Chronic Disease

Optimum health for people with celiac disease includes good mental health. Sarah Ballou, PhD, director of Gastrointestinal Psychology Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, discussed what is known and still unknown about mental health conditions among children and adults with celiac disease and how celiac disease affects health-related quality of life at diagnosis and after starting the gluten-free diet. Mary Shull, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, shared how gastrointestinal psychology treatment, including cognitive behavioral therapy, is used in celiac disease as well as hands-on breathing techniques that can help common gastrointestinal symptoms.

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How Good Nutrition Feeds Our Bodies and Minds

Celiac disease dietitians Tara McCarthy, MS, RDN, LDN, of Boston Children’s Hospital; Pam Cureton, RDN, LDN, of Massachusetts General Hospital; and Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showcased the nuances of gluten-free food labeling and highlighted important nutrients, explained how to optimize the gluten-free diet when faced with other food restrictions, and shared tips on how to enhance your diet and lifestyle for optimal digestion and health.

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Cooking Gluten Free with Demonstrations and Holiday Inspirations

On October 22nd, Denise Herrera, Executive Chef and VP of Food and Beverage for Burtons Grill and Bar, shared cooking skills and tips on using gluten-free bread products to create holiday food favorites, including crab-stuffed mushrooms, versatile soup stock and herbed croutons, holiday gravy, and bread pudding. Lee Graham, Executive Director of NCA, co-hosted with Chef Herrera.

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From the Experts: Latest Guidance on COVID-19 and Celiac Disease

On Wednesday September 23rd, Dr. Jonathan Li, director of the Harvard University Virology Specialty Laboratory, presented "An Update on the COVID-19 Pandemic" and Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital presented "Impact of COVID-19 on Celiac Patients." The Q&A moderator was Dr. Alan Leichtner, director of the Celiac Disease Research Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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