Category Archives: Community Services

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) Seeks Volunteers for New Patient Panel, June 2018

The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) is an established, reputable U.S. based 501c3 not-for-profit organization/charity focused on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and related functional gastrointestinal disorders, also known as disorders of gut-brain interaction. IFFGD was founded in 1991 by an FGID-affected family and continues to have people with FGIDs or family members/supporters among …

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10 Years and 11 IBS Awareness Months: Progress for the IBS Community Continues in 2018

by Nina Pan, IBS Impact founder and primary blogger for IBS Impact. Five years ago, on April 24, 2013, I wrote a post for IBS Awareness Month that began with some reflections on my personal experiences with IBS, as well as my motivations for IBS Impact. At that time, I had been living with IBS for …

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Guest Post for IBS Awareness Month: Navigating the UK National Health Service for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS Impact is pleased to welcome a guest blogger this week for IBS Awareness Month.  Julie Thompson, RD, known on social media as Jules_GastroRD, is a UK state registered dietitian specializing in IBS and other gastrointestinal conditions. She runs the Calm Gut Clinic in Lancashire, is an advisor to the IBS Network, the UK’s national …

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IBS Network Conference and Exhibition for People with IBS and Professionals To Be Held April 14, 2018

Some of our readers in the vicinity of Sheffield in the United Kingdom may be interested in a one-day conference entitled, “Exploring the Self Management of IBS and What That Really Means to You” being offered by the IBS Network, the U.K’s national charity for irritable bowel syndrome,  at the Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University …

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IBS Awareness Month 2017: Approaching a Decade of IBS.

by Nina Pan, IBS Impact founder and primary blogger for IBS Impact. Four years ago, on April 24, 2013, I wrote a post for IBS Awareness Month that began with some reflections on my personal experiences with IBS, as well as my motivations for IBS Impact. At that time, I had been living with IBS for …

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Free Online Webinar for IBS, Functional GI Disorders with Dr. Drossman, “Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication” on April 24, 2017

The American College of Gastroenterology has announced that for IBS Awareness Month, it will be sponsoring a free online webinar presented by Douglas Drossman, MD, MACG  and one of his patients, Katie Errico on “Achieving Effective Patient-Provider Communication.” The webinar will take place on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern time. The webinar …

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Resources for People with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in Australia 2017

It has come to the attention of IBS Impact that the Irritable Bowel Information and Support Association (IBIS), a national organization in Australia for many years, apparently ceased operations recently. As IBS Impact sites receive many visitors from Australia each year, some have wondered about other good quality, accessible, evidence based-resources for IBS information, support …

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Results and Followup to Gastrointestinal Society, Canada 2016 Survey on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About one year ago, on January 26, 2016, IBS Impact posted a national online survey invitation by the Gastrointestinal (GI) Society, also known as the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research. The GI Society asked adults with diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome and parents/caregivers of children with diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome from across Canada about experiences, opinions …

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IBS Network in the United Kingdom Adds New In-Person Support Groups, January 2017

As reported by this blog on January 21, 2015 and October 23, 2016, the IBS Network, the United Kingdom’s national charity for irritable bowel syndrome, has been working over the past two years or so to increase local self-help support groups in England. Recently, IBS Impact became aware of three new groups that are scheduled …

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IBS Network in the United Kingdom Offers Free Training for In- Person Support Group Leaders

Over the years, including on January 12, 2015, IBS Impact has written extensively about how in various countries, in-person support and other services for people with IBS and families in their own local communities are very hard to find. Either they don’t exist, unless one happens to live near a major functional GI research center, …

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