CDI to Join Industry Stakeholders to Increase Public Awareness of Irritable Bowel Syndrome during IBS Awareness Month and World IBS Day

Since 1997, the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) has designated April as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. Additionally, since 2019, April 19th has been officially known as World IBS Day. Throughout the month, health care practitioners, industry partners, patients, family members and caregivers are encouraged to help increase public awareness and educate the…

Understanding IBSchek® Capillary Collection Kit Test Results

According to the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)’s new Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), healthcare providers should focus on “a positive diagnostic strategy as compared to a diagnostic strategy of exclusion be used to improve time to initiating appropriate therapy.” Additional peer-reviewed research that supports a diagnosis of inclusion also…

Defining and Understanding Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI)

The following excerpt is from Gut Feelings- Disorders of Gut-Brain Interactions & the Patient/Doctor Relationship, a groundbreaking book on the science, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the gut-brain interaction (DGBI) and the importance of effective communication skills for patients and their doctors. What are the Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI)? There are 33 adult…

Non-Invasive, At-Home Breath Testing

Breath Testing 101: Learn Everything You Need to Know Before you Prescribe a Breath Test to Your Patient

As a leader in functional GI diagnostic solutions, we get asked a lot of questions from healthcare providers about breath testing.  To assist in providing further education for our provider partners and your patients on your diagnostic options, here are few things to know: What is breath testing? Breath testing is a non-invasive, simple way…

Hydrogen and Methane Breath Testing May Play Important Role In Patients Being Considered for Antireflux Surgery

A new study from Commonwealth Diagnostics International (CDI) UK-based partner, Functional Gut Diagnostics (FGD), has shown that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) could be contributing to symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The prevalence of intestinal dysbiosis in patients referred for antireflux surgery was published in this month’s medical journal Surgical Endoscopy. The study retrospectively…

American College of Gastroenterology Issues Clinical Guidelines for IBS Diagnostics & Treatment

For the first time, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) developed a clinical practice guideline for managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). ACG Clinical Guideline: Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) was published online in the January 2021 issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology. According to ACG, IBS is a “disorder of bowel function and…

GERD: Understanding what it is and the importance of GERD Awareness Week

Each year around Thanksgiving, the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders recognizes GERD Awareness Week. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a common disorder that affects roughly twenty percent of the U.S. adult population. Although common, the disease is often unrecognized, and its symptoms misunderstood. According to the IFFGD, GERD is most often associated with repeat occurrences of…