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          Date of Hearing:   April 21, 2016

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                                    Gordon, Chair

                        73 (Baker) - As Amended  April 12, 2016

          SUBJECT:  Celiac Disease Awareness Month

          SUMMARY:  Recognizes May 2016 as Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  
           Specifically, this resolution makes the following legislative  

          1)Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that results in  
            damage to the lining of the small intestine when a person east  
            foods with gluten. Gluten is a form of protein found in some  
            grains, including wheat, rye, and barley.

          2)Celiac disease is estimated to effect one in 100 people  
            worldwide and it is estimated that 2.5 million Americans who  
            have celiac disease remain undiagnosed and at risk for  
            long-term health complications.

          3)Symptoms of celiac disease include severe abdominal pain,  
            severe skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis, iron  
            deficiency anemia, musculoskeletal problems, muscle cramps,  
            seizures, tingling sensation in the legs, and depression.


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          4)People who have celiac disease may have other autoimmune  
            diseases, including thyroid disease, type I diabetes, Crohn's  
            disease, colitis, and juvenile arthritis.

          5)Awareness for celiac disease has grown significantly in recent  
            years and development of new gluten-free food products has  
            made it much easier for people with celiac disease to expand  
            their dietary options.

          6)Significant progress has been made in recent years to educate  
            people about celiac disease and identify ways to improve their  
            quality of life.
          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



          Celiac Disease Foundation

          None on file

          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916) 319-2800


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