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When Gluten Is The Villain, Could A Common Virus Be The Trigger?

About 30 percent of Americans are predisposed to celiac disease, but only 1 percent get the disease. A new study finds that a common virus may play a role in determining who gets the disease.
For people with celiac disease gluten-free food is a must. A new study suggests that a common virus may trigger the onset of the disease. Source: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images

A new study raises a novel idea about what might trigger celiac disease, a condition that makes patients unable to tolerate foods containing gluten.

The study suggests that a common virus may be to blame.

For people with celiac disease, gluten can wreak havoc on their digestive systems. Their immune systems mistake gluten as a dangerous substance.

Scientists have known for a while that genetics predisposes some people to celiac

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