First, Sugarbird Bakery in Johnston will be open tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and she mentioned on FaceBook that she's going to have Caramel Autumn Spice Krispy Rice Treats, Toasted Coconut Cookies with Milk Chocolate, and White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. Oh, and did I mention she's going to have my personal favorite -- French Toast cupcakes -- this weekend! Save one for me, Jill!
By the way, congratulations are in order. Sugarbird has received more recognition in the media. Check out the article on pages 28 and 30 of the Boston Phoenix. Here's the link.
The most recent sales flyer from Dave's Marketplace has some GF items on sale this week. They include: Enjoy LIfe GF Crunchy Cookies, Enjoy Life GF Breakfast Bars, A Taste of Thas GF Microwave Quick Meal Kits, A Taste of Thai GF Sauce Mixes and Natural Nectars GF Cracklebread Snack Crackers. Thanks again to Dave's for mentioning the CeliacGirlRI website as a resource. They've helped a lot of people discover the site.
Back to Basics in East Greenwich will hold a 30-year Anniversary Celebration, entitled "Nutritional Solutions" on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food tastings, samples, gift bags, beauty products, supplement sapling, raffles, music and health professionals will be on hand. For more information, call 885-2679 or visit www.backtobasicsnaturalfoods.com.
ImmusanT, a privately-held biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Mass., has begun trials of a vaccine, Nexvax2, in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia.
Nexvax2 is designed to allow a person with celiac disease to return to a normal diet by re-establishing a patients’ tolerance to gluten. In order to participate in the study, patients must have a confirmed diagnosis of celiac disease, and carry the immune-recognition gene HLA-DQ2. Up to 90 per cent of people with celiac disease carry this gene. The company will also administer a blood test to measure gluten-reactive T-cells, which act as a potential marker for immune modulation with the vaccine.
The first study will be implemented in Australia and New Zealand, and is designed to evaluate the dosage needed for effectiveness, and to use this information in future studies.
The second study, being conducted in the U.S., is designed to evaluate the safety and viability of the vaccine in patients who are controlling their symptoms by maintaining a gluten-free diet. ImmusanT plans to enroll 30 adult subjects at approximately four trial sites.
According to ImmusanT, "Nexvax2 is a therapeutic vaccine that combines three proprietary peptides that elicit an immune response in patients with celiac disease who carry the immune recognition gene HLA-DQ2." The vaccines will be administered by an intradermal injection. Similar to the way in which people are treated for cat and dust allergies, the vaccine is designed to re-program specific T-cells, which are triggered by the patient's immune system in response to gluten.
The company's goal is to restore a celiac patients’ immune system to tolerate gluten, reduce inflammation in the nutrient-absorbing villi of the small intestine so that it may heal, , and allow patients to eat a diet which includes gluten. To read the full text of the asbtract, visit http://pharmabiz.com/PrintArticle.aspx?aid=71017&sid=2 (Information courtesy of from PharmaBiz.com)
The Triumph Dining website recently posted a recipe for GF Play-Doh. Check out their website for the recipe. Here's the link: http://www.triumphdining.com/blog/2012/09/19/keeping-play-dough-gluten-free.
According to online news source, Boston Business Journal, Bay State Milling, a Quincy, Mass., company which supplies specialty flours to bakeries and cafe chains, has purchased T.J. Harkins Basic Commodity Brokers Inc., an Illinois firm that imports grains such as amaranth, millet, buckwheat and quinoa. Bay State Milling's customers use its flours to make bread, pasta, tortillas and nutrition bars.
Healthy Haven in Tiverton recently held a five-year anniversary celebration. They also have a commercial running on Cox Cable television. Here are some pics. I'm going to try to post the commercial tomorrow when I can think straight!
That's it for now! I have to crash. Have a great week, and eat safe!
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