Publications by authors named "Nancee Jaffe"

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Effect of Exclusion Diets on Symptom Severity and the Gut Microbiota in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol 2021 May 19. Epub 2021 May 19.

G Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience; Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, United States,. Electronic address:

Background & Aims: Altered fecal microbiota have been reported in IBS, although studies vary which could be due to dietary effects. Many IBS patients may eliminate certain foods because of their symptoms, which in turn may alter fecal microbiota diversity and composition. This study aims were to determine if dietary patterns were associated with IBS, symptoms, and fecal microbiota differences reported in IBS.

Methods: 346 IBS participants and 170 healthy controls (HCs) completed a Diet Checklist reflecting the diet(s) consumed most frequently. An exclusion diet was defined as a diet that eliminated food components by choice. Within this group, a gluten-free, dairy-free, or low FODMAP diet was further defined as restrictive as they are often implicated to reduce symptoms. Stool samples were obtained from 171 IBS patients and 98 HCs for 16S rRNA gene sequencing and microbial composition analysis.

Results: Having IBS symptoms was associated with consuming a restrictive diet (27.17% of IBS patients vs 7.65% of HCs; OR 3.25; 95% CI 1.66-6.75; p-value 0.006). IBS participants on an exclusion or restrictive diet reported more severe IBS symptoms (p=0.042 and p=0.029 respectively). The composition of the microbiota in IBS patients varied depending on the diet consumed. IBS participants on an exclusion diet had a greater abundance of Lachnospira and a lower abundance of Eubacterium (q-values<0.05) and those on a restrictive diet had a lower abundance of Lactobacillus (q-value <0.05).

Conclusions: Restrictive diets are likely consumed more by IBS patients than HCs to reduce GI symptom severity. Dietary patterns influence the composition of fecal microbiota and may explain some of the differences between IBS and HCs.
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May 2021

Gluten-Free Foods Cooked in Shared Fryers With Wheat: A Pilot Study Assessing Gluten Cross Contact.

Front Nutr 2021 23;8:652039. Epub 2021 Mar 23.

Bia Diagnostics, LLC, Colchester, VT, United States.

Consumers with celiac disease are discouraged from eating fried foods cooked in shared fryers with wheat-containing foods at restaurants based on presumed gluten exposure. The purpose of the present study is to assess gluten levels of fries free of gluten-containing ingredients cooked in shared fryers with wheat. 20 orders of fries were purchased from 10 different restaurants. Restaurants confirmed that fries and oil were free of gluten-containing ingredients. All restaurants confirmed that their fryers were used to cook wheat-containing foods. Fries were sent to Bia Diagnostics and tested in 1-gram duplicates using the R7001 sandwich R5 ELISA and the R7021 competitive R5 ELISA. A microwave control also was run. The sandwich ELISA found gluten in 9/20 fry orders (7 to > 80 ppm). The competitive ELISA found gluten in 3/20 fry orders (14 to > 270 ppm). In the microwave control (60-ppm gluten mixture of wheat flour and canola oil), the unheated mixture tested at a mean level of 64 ppm gluten using the sandwich ELISA and 137 ppm gluten using the competitive ELISA. The mixture heated to 190°C tested at a mean level of 55 ppm gluten using the sandwich ELISA and < 10 ppm and 16 ppm gluten using the competitive ELISA. Based on test results, 25% of fry orders would not be considered gluten-free. Gluten cross contact may occur when gluten-free foods are cooked in shared fryers with wheat. ELISAs may underperform when analyzing for gluten that has been heated.
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March 2021

Celiac disease in patients with type 1 diabetes: screening and diagnostic practices.

Diabetes Educ 2013 Jul-Aug;39(4):532-40. Epub 2013 May 14.

Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, New York, New York (Ms Simpson, Mr Ciaccio, Dr Mahadev, Dr Lebwohl, Dr Green)

Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate screening practices for celiac disease in patients with type 1 diabetes across North America. The research question investigated was whether diabetes centers screen for celiac disease in type 1 diabetes more frequently than other facilities.

Research Design And Methods: A survey with 27 questions on screening practices for celiac disease in patients with type 1 diabetes was designed by experts in celiac disease and diabetes. Surveys were sent by email to diabetes educators and dietitians throughout the United States and Canada between December 2010 and May 2011.

Results: There were 514 respondents from 484 endocrine clinics, diabetes clinics, private practices, community nutrition centers, and inpatient centers. Thirty-five percent of work locations screened for celiac disease, with endocrine clinics reporting screening at the highest frequency (80%). Tissue transglutaminase was the most common screening test used. The most frequently recommended treatment of confirmed celiac disease was a gluten-free diet. However, only 71% of respondents recommended biopsy in patients with positive serologies. Most respondents (55.3%) reported that the gluten-free diet resulted in symptom improvement in the majority of patients.

Conclusions: Staff at endocrine clinics were more likely to suggest screening for celiac disease in patients with type 1 diabetes. Both low screening frequency as well as inconsistency in management of positive celiac disease serological tests indicated an increase in education regarding celiac disease in patients with type 1 diabetes is required. In addition uniform guidelines should be developed.
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April 2015