Image of the human body with the intestine in orange, to the right is a close up image of the villi that line it.

Today, physicians around the world are diagnosing an increasing number of patients with coeliac disease. Does this mean the condition is becoming more common, or is it a result of increased awareness? CARA BOATSWAIN looks at coeliac disease through the ages.

When it comes to autoimmune conditions, coeliac disease is considered by researchers to be the one best understood. "In coeliac disease, we are lucky enough to know the trigger, so we know what is harmful," explains paediatric gastroenterologist Dr Alina Popp. "There is no other autoimmune. . .

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