Irritable bowel syndrome and gluten sensitivity without celiac disease: separating the wheat from the chaff.

Division of Gastroenterology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Gastroenterology (Impact Factor: 13.93). 03/2012; 142(3):664-6. DOI: 10.1053/j.gastro.2012.01.020
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