People with celiac disease may soon be able to enjoy bread, pasta and other gluten products without suffering headaches, digestion problems and severe intestinal damage.
While not a cure, a pill developed at the University of Alberta may allow those people to join friends for a beer and pizza.
At least that’s the reason Hoon Sunwoo, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, gives for spending the last 10 years of his life to the pill.
“My friend is celiac. We haven’t had any entertaining with beers. So, that’s why I develop this pill — for my friend.”
Celiac disease is an auto-immune dysfunction of the small intestine that makes it hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food.
Sunwoo’s pill uses egg yolk antibodies to coat the gluten and allow it to pass from the body without doing any damage.