Free seminar at Springfield Memorial on celiac disease, gluten-free
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[May 03, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- A free educational
seminar, "Is Gluten-Free for Me? Understanding Celiac Disease," will
be presented on May 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wedeberg Conference
Center at Memorial Medical Center.
The seminar will feature area experts who will discuss celiac
disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine and
interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. People with
celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten -- a protein in wheat, barley
Participants will learn about gluten-free diets, how to
read food labels and how to avoid complications in their diets.
The speakers are Haikaeli C. Mziray-Andrew, M.D., pediatric
gastroenterologist, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine;
Sibyl Y. Cox, pediatric dietitian, SIU School of Medicine; and Gayle
Jennings, registered dietitian, Memorial Medical Center. They will
be available to answer questions.
Prometheus Laboratories will sponsor free screenings for celiac
disease for those who qualify. To qualify, participants must have a
first-degree relative diagnosed with celiac disease or another
autoimmune disorder and have eaten gluten regularly prior to the
Dublin Pub, Mama's Bakery and Gluten Free at Last will provide
gluten-free foods to sample. Door prizes and educational materials
will be available.
To register, visit MemorialMedical.com or call Memorial's
Healthline at 217-788-3333. Seating is limited to 150 participants,
and early reservations are recommended.
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Doors open at 5 p.m., and speakers begin at 6 p.m. The event will
conclude at 8 p.m.
The Wedeberg Conference Center is on the hospital's lower level
near its main entrance. Memorial Medical Center is at 701 N. First
St. in Springfield.
Friends of Memorial, Memorial Medical Center and SIU School of
Medicine are sponsors of the seminar.
[Text from file received from
Memorial Medical Center]