Study co-authored by NFCA Advisory board member published in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

February 7, 2009

Study co-authored by NFCA Advisory board member published in Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

NFCA Scientific/Medical Advisory Board member, Dr. Ritu Verma, co-authored an important study featured in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, February 2009 edition. The article, entitled “Bone Mineral Content Deficits of the Spine and Whole Body Children at Time of Diagnosis With Celiac Disease”. was the product of a University of Pennsylvania study which identified a lack of spinal bone mineral content in children diagnosed with celiac disease.

NFCA Scientific/Medical Advisory Board member, Dr. Ritu Verma, co-authored an important study featured in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, February 2009 edition. The article, entitled “Bone Mineral Content Deficits of the Spine and Whole Body Children at Time of Diagnosis With Celiac Disease”. was the product of a University of Pennsylvania study which identified a lack of spinal bone mineral content in children diagnosed with celiac disease.
Low bone mineral content can increase a child’s potential risk for developing osteoporosis. The study recommends that screening bone mineral content levels in children newly diagnosed with celiac disease may help in preventing this debilitating illness.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition colleagues Jatla Muralidhar, Zemel S. Babette , and Patricia Bierly worked with Dr. Verma on the study and contributed to the journal publication. Dr. Verma is section chief of the Gastroenterology and Nutrition department at CHOP and director of the hospital’s Center for Celiac Disease.
To learn more about the ““Bone Mineral Content Deficits of the Spine and Whole Body Children at Time of Diagnosis With Celiac Disease” study visit www.jpgn.org
In addition to being an NFCA Scientific/Medical Advisory Board member and invaluable ally, Dr. Verma assisted in penning NFCA’s recently accepted abstract for the 13th International Coeliac Disease Symposium, “Gluten-Free Cooking Sprees: An innovative approach to promoting awareness and diagnosis of celiac disease. NFCA’s abstract presentation will be exhibited at the April 2009 event in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The International Coeliac Disease Symposium is the foremost conference for the review and discussion of contemporary issues and latest scientific developments in celiac disease.
Congratulations to Dr. Verma and her team for their vital contributions to celiac disease research and their leadership in spreading awareness amongst the medical community.

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