01/23/2008

Celiac Disease is Topic of ‘Doctors on Call’ January 24

Celiac Disease affects more than two million Americans, but many people don’t even know they have the disease.  People who have the autoimmune digestive disease experience problems after eating gluten, which is found in everyday foods, such as wheat, barley and rye.  When a person with the disease eats gluten it damages their small intestine and can lead to malnourishment.  

Two West Virginia University experts will answer viewers’ questions about Celiac Disease in a live presentation of “Doctors on Call” at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 24, on West Virginia Public Television.

Uma Sundaram, M.D., practices internal medicine at WVU.  He received his degree from the Medical College of Ohio.  He received specialty training at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Yale University School of Medicine. His special interests include gastrointestinal and liver problems, inflammatory bowel diseases and hepatitis C.

Jennifer Lowry, R.D., L.D., received her degree in human nutrition and foods from WVU and completed an internship at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“Doctors on Call,” with host Rolly Sullivan, M.D., is a joint production of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU (www.health.wvu.edu) and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (www.wvpubcast.org), a statewide network of radio, television, Internet and educational resources.    

This program is made possible with major support from Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Other underwriters include The Health Plan, HealthSouth Mountainview Rehabilitation Hospital and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.


 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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