This blog was begun in July 2011, a few months after the launch of the main IBS Impact website, and a bit over a year after the inception of IBS Impact itself. It is intended as a supplement to the many resources on our main site, one that can be updated relatively quickly with time-sensitive news, advocacy and clinical trial opportunities, as well as providing well-researched, scientifically reputable information on IBS and commentary on broader issues affecting the IBS community that may not be widely discussed on other sites. This blog is meant to be useful to a broad readership: people with IBS and related conditions, both those who may have lived with IBS for some time and those with recent onset or who are new to IBS sites online, family members and friends, health care and human service professionals who may interact with us, and the general public.
Over time, it appears that it is increasingly filling this niche. According to WordPress statistics, this blog reached readers in 91 countries during 2012, the majority from nations where English is an official or major secondary language: the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, India and New Zealand, but on every continent, underscoring that IBS is a global problem, not the common stereotype of it as nuisance disorder caused by overindulgent North American lifestyles and diets. Some readers are regular followers, subscribed to the blog or followers of our Yahoo group, Facebook or Twitter. Many new readers find us daily through search engines, social media or links on other IBS or chronic illness sites.
Now that this blog has completed a full calendar year, it seems appropriate to participate in what is somewhat of a December-January tradition among many bloggers and review the individual posts with the most hits in 2012. As you will see, some of them were first published before 2012. However, they continue to attract attention because they address topics that are of ongoing concern to people with IBS. Perhaps longtime readers can refresh their memories and newer readers will discover something interesting and useful. In order, the posts are:
1. Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders/IBS Considered Presumptive Service-Connected Disabilities for U.S. Gulf War Veterans,
August 12, 2011
2. 10 Things We Can Do for IBS Awareness This Month and Every Month, April 1, 2012
3. Food Poisoning and Post-Infectious IBS, August 5, 2011
4. Public Restroom Access and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS),
February 21, 2012
5. IBS and Extraintestinal (Non-GI) Symptoms, September 6, 2011
6. Proposed DSM-5 Criteria May Unfairly Label Physical Conditions as Psychological Disorders, December 17, 2012
7. People With Disabilities (IBS or Other), Give Feedback to the U.S. Social Security Administration, January 17, 2012
The specific advocacy opportunity in this post is no longer available, but general comments and resources on disability benefits in various countries remain valid.
8. For Children With IBS and Their Parents, April 11, 2012
9. Clinical Trial:Furiex Pharmaceuticals Investigational Medication for
IBS-D, June 20, 2012
10. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is Not a Diagnosis of Exclusion, October 9, 2011
IBS Impact wishes everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous and productive New Year and looks forward in 2013 to advances in awareness, advocacy, research, treatment and community support systems that benefit the worldwide IBS community.