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                                    THIRD READING

          Bill No:  ACR 73
          Author:   Baker (R), et al.
          Amended:  5/12/16 in Assembly
          Vote:     21  

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  Read and adopted, 5/12/16

           SUBJECT:   Celiac Disease Awareness Month

          SOURCE:    Author

          DIGEST:  This resolution recognizes May 2016 as Celiac Disease  
          Awareness Month.

          ANALYSIS:  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.  The damage to the intestine makes it hard  
            for the body to absorb nutrients, especially fat, calcium,  
            iron, and folate.

          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.  Celiac disease can leave a  
            person susceptible to additional health problems, including  
            osteoporosis, miscarriage, infertility, growth problems in  
            children affected by the disease because they do not absorb  
            enough nutrients, and cancers of the digestive system.


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          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.

          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.  Labeling of gluten-free products makes  
            shopping easier for people with celiac disease.

          This resolution recognizes May 2016 as Celiac Disease Awareness  
          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No

          SUPPORT:   (Verified5/24/16)

          Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
          Celiac Disease Foundation

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified5/24/16)

          None received

          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:  The Celiac Community Foundation of  
          Northern California writes, "Celiac disease is a serious and  
          sometimes life-threatening autoimmune condition. More common  


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          than multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cystic fibrosis  
          and Crohn's disease combined, celiac disease affects one percent  
          of the U.S. population or about 388,000 Californians.  
          Designating this May as Celiac Disease Awareness Month will  
          bring increased attention to the condition in California and  
          propel initiatives to better diagnosis and treat it.

          Despite an increase in public awareness and physician  
          understanding of celiac disease over the last decade, it is  
          still vastly underdiagnosed in the United States. Eighty-three  
          percent of Americans with celiac disease, including an estimated  
          322,000 Californians, are undiagnosed and at risk for serious  
          health complications and lowered quality of life.

          Prepared by:  Jonas Austin / SFA / (916) 651-1520
          5/26/16 13:18:16

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