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April Is IBS Awareness Month

Posted by Adam on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Under: news

Since 1997, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) has been recognizing April as IBS Awareness Month.

Earlier this month, the organization cosponsored the 10th International Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, held in Milwaukee, April 12-14. The biennial conference, which IFFGD says has been described as “an educational jewel,” attracts scientists and health care professionals from around the world. International experts in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) were on hand at this year’s meeting to educate attendees about advances in the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.

Also, IFFGD announced this month that it has been working with lawmakers and government officials to advance research and care for veterans and active military personnel affected by FGIDs. According to IFFGD, soldiers who served in Southwest Asia during the Persian Gulf War and now suffer from FGIDs may be eligible to receive disability benefits under a presumption of serviceruling by the Department of Veterans Affairs (https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/07/15/2011-17814/presumptive-service-connection-for-diseases-associated-with-service-in-the-southwest-asia-theater-of).

“It’s important that veterans are aware of symptoms of IBS and the advancements in this arena so that they can be best cared for after returning home from service,” said Nancy Norton, president and founder of IFFGD.

Earlier this year, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued Gulf War and Health Volume 9: Treatment for Chronic Multisymptom Illness, a report that concluded there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach for veterans experiencing chronic multisymptom illnesses, such as IBS.

“Both chronic multisymptom illnesses and IBS can be seen as disrupted brain–body disorders where the brain’s ability to regulate symptoms is impaired,” said Douglas A. Drossman, MD, a member of the IOM committee responsible for evaluating FGIDs in the IOM publication. “Particularly for IBS, the disorder fits the concept of ‘post-infectious,’ where a combination of gastrointestinal infection and war trauma contribute to generating symptoms of the disease.”

ISSUE: APRIL 2013 | VOLUME: 64:4, Gastroenterology & Endorscopy News

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