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  1. Patients With IBD Prone to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Ingrid Hein December 16, 2019 Irritable bowel syndrome can have multiple causes, including inflammatory bowel disease, said William Chey, MD, from Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. Patients who only have irritable bowel symptoms almost never have inflammatory bowel disease, but "once in remission for IBD, 30% to 40% of patients show signs of IBS," he reported. "That's a lot of people." "I used to say, jokingly, that the gut is the center of the universe," he added, "but as we go from 2019 to 2020, I increasingly believe that it's true >> https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/922712 Medscape Medical News © 2019
  2. Gastrointestinal diseases have many overlapping symptoms. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) namely, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are two illnesses that effect the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract. Both can cause abdominal pain and changes in bowel movements; however, they are not the same. While there are many similarities between IBD and IBS, it is important to highlight the differences. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has updated their Inflammatory Bowel Disease vs. Irritable Bowel Syndrome brochure. It is an excellent resource for both IBD and IBS patients which highlights these differences. >> https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2019-10/ibd-and-IBS-brochure-final.pdf The link has been graciously provided by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
  3. 8 new insights about diet and gut health Three experts share their takeaways from the 2019 James W. Freston Conference: Food at the Intersection of Gut Health and Disease. https://www.gastro.org/news/8-new-insights-about-diet-and-gut-health © 2019 American Gastroenterological Association
  4. I am heading to Chicago Aug 9-10 to attend the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Freston Conference: Food at the Intersection of Gut Health and Disease about the management and treatment of GI sensitivities and disorders through nutrition. There will be topics about IBS, IBD, GERD, Celiac Disease, Gastroparesis and more by leading doctors and Dietitians. I will report back during and after the conference. You can also follow me live on Twitter and Instagram @IBSpatient
  5. I have bowel issues, where I have feelings of incomplete bowel movements, often, sometimes alternating from constipation, and diarrhea, mostly constipation. I am straining when I have a bowel movement, I do get a "full" feeling, and dull pain, on the left side of my abdomen. It gets better when I have a bowel movement, but it starts back up once I eat something. I have not lost weight, in fact, im gaining weight, and there is no blood in my stool. I do have clear mucus in my stool often. My main complaints are the feeling of incomplete bowel movements, and the "full" feeling in the left side of my abdomen under the rib cage. Some days are worse than others. I am male, 25, and there is no family history of colon cancer. What is this im concerned thank you!
  6. VSL#3, a probiotic marketed for IBD and IBS, abruptly removed from the Canadian market. http://www.vsl3.ca
  7. The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) annual meeting reported some observations from patients who were treated with Fecal Matter Transplantation (FMT) for an overgrowth of Clostridium Difficile (C Diff). C Diff is a very serious bowel infection that is difficult to resolve. It is usually caused by antibiotics. FMT has a greater than 90% cure rate for C Diff. However, two observations were made about patients who recovered from C Diff after FMT: 1) Postinfectious-IBS developed in 25% of those that received FMT for their C Diff. 2) Crohn's disease or Ulcerative Colitis patients were likely to have a flaring episode of their disease from the FMT treatment. It appears FMT has some risks and is not a completely benign treatment. FMT has been in clinical trials for the treatment of IBS for the last several years.
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