First ever vaccine to prevent coeliac disease could end the misery of gluten-free diets for good
Coeliac suffers can fall dangerously ill if they have even a tiny bit of gluten – but that might not be the case for much longer
COELIACS may soon find that they’re able to chow down on bread and pasta like the rest of us.
The world’s first vaccine for people living with the disease has been developed by researchers in Australia, and could see an end to restrictive gluten-free diets.
The Nexvax2 vaccine aims to reprogramme coeliacs’ immune system response to gluten.
In most people, the small bowel is where 90 per cent of digestion happens.
With coeliacs, however, gluten-rich grub damages the small bowel by inflaming cells in the gut and stops absorption.
That break in absorption can then lead to a number of serious health consequences if left untreated, including malnutrition.