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2011-02-09 23:46:01

Blocking a factor that can activate the human immune response against intestinal bacteria or certain foods could prevent the development of celiac disease in those most at risk, researchers report in the journal Nature. The study, to be published early online Feb. 9, points to two chemical signals"”interleukin 15 and retinoic acid, a derivative of vitamin A"”as triggers for the inflammatory response to gluten, a protein found in many grains that causes celiac disease. "We found...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.