New research has suggested that hookworms may help treat celiac disease. Previously researchers had found that these worms helped treat asthma.
The trail involved 20 people with celiac disease, who were deliberately infected with hookworm. "We found patients who had hookworms on board did very well in terms of their sensitivity to gluten exposure," lead author Brisbane gastroenterologist Dr James Daveson told ABC News.
The researchers felt that hookworm altered the immune system in some way and thus helped reduce the severity of celiac disease.