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UPS for DownS ADSC and research on Celiac

WGN-TV MedicalWatch team is covering the research being done at the ADSC! Friday, November 8 during 9 PM news. The director of the one-of-a-kind medical center – the Adult Down Syndrome Center – Brian Chicoine, M.D. is discussing celiac disease in this segment.

With more than 20 years of focused, one-on-one medical attention for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome, the Advocate Medical Group Adult Down Syndrome Center (ADSC) is enhancing its research efforts. This dedication to research will help specialists determine the best care for patients and others across America

The Center’s researchers plan to publish their findings in medical literature, making it available to primary care physicians including family medicine specialists, pediatricians and internal medicine doctors. The team at ADSC not only wants to improve care for patients, but also to serve as a resource for other physicians nationwide so these doctors can provide better medical treatments for patients with Down syndrome.

One common health condition that the ADSC team will look at is celiac disease, which impacts an estimated 7 to 15 percent of people with Down syndrome—as many as 35,000 people. In the general population, about 1 percent, or 3 million Americans, suffers with this relatively common genetically determined disease. The autoimmune condition damages the lining of the small bowel after exposure to gluten, a protein found in foods processed from wheat and related grains.