A recent article in an Australian Newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald carried this article.
Coeliac sufferers might not have to cut gluten out of their diet after a successful Australian drug trial.
Currently, the only option for people with coeliac disease is to eliminate foods containing gluten, such as bread, pasta and biscuits.
But scientists at Melbourne's Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have found first-stage drug trials were "well tolerated" by all 34 people given the jab.
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"This is the first trial of a drug that may potentially allow people to return to a normal diet and to return to good health," said Jason Tye-Din, a gastroenterologist at the institute.
The treatment comprised a number of fragments of gluten that switch off the abnormal immune response coeliac sufferers have when they eat gluten, he said.
"The concept is that perhaps through a series of injections people's immune systems become desensitised," he said.
More tests will be done, and Dr Tye-Din hopes the drug will be available to reverse and treat coeliac disease in the next six years.
About one in 100 Australians had the disease, and 75 per cent of sufferers - more than 150,000 Aussies - don't know they have it, said Dr Tye-Din.
The main symptoms are bloating, stomach aches, lethargy and anaemia, but can also include infertility and mouth ulcers.
Untreated, it can lead to brittle bones, diabetes and some forms of cancer.
© 2011 AAP