Each month, the CDI team rounds up some of the latest #GIcommunity research, news, and trends, and how they are impacting functional GI diagnostics and treatment of patients around the world.
This month, we are featuring several resources and articles focused on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) as we wrap up our month-long efforts to raise awareness for IBS during IBS Awareness Month.
IBS Awareness Month Tips of the Day
In 1997 the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) designated April as IBS Awareness Month. Since that time, industry stakeholders join forces every April to focus attention on important health messages about IBS diagnosis, treatment, management, and quality of life issues. This year, IFFGD posted daily tips that may help patients find ways to control their IBS better.
Low FODMAP diet leads to improvements in IBS-D symptoms
New studies indicate that a short-term strict low FODMAP diet as well as a long-term ‘modified’ low FODMAP diet was linked to improvements in symptoms including abdominal pain frequency, abdominal distention, bowel habit satisfaction, and quality of life in irritable bowel syndrome-diarrhea predominant (IBS-D) patients.
New ACG IBS Guidelines with Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD
In a recent episode of Healio’s GutTalk, Brian E. Lacy, MD, PhD, discusses the American College of Gastroenterology’s clinical guidelines for the management of IBS, which were released for the first time earlier this year. Topics of interest include post-infectious IBS, options for patients with IBS-D and IBS-C, diagnostic testing focused on anti-vinculin/CtdB antibodies, and the overuse of colonoscopies.
Patient Perspectives: Living with IBS in a Pandemic
A new report from Salix Pharmaceuticals reveals that more than one-third (37%) of IBS patients state that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more challenging to manage their IBS-related symptoms. The data presented in the report was based on a patient survey conducted by The Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll. World IBS Day provides a summary of key findings from the report, which includes concerns about post-pandemic life and insights about the way patients are communicating with their healthcare providers.