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  1. Brochure, Fact Sheet: Colorectal Cancer and Continence


    By: Joshua A. Katz, MD; Bruce A. Orkin, MD

    Since it involves the lower gastrointestinal tract, treatment of colon and rectal cancer frequently affects bowel function and, at times, continence. This article will attempt to show how colorectal cancer therapy, both surgical and medical, may affect fecal continence.

    Also available offline as a glossy color brochure (3.5" x 8.5"). Contact IFFGD for details.

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  2. Brochure, Fact Sheet: Bowel Incontinence and Aging


    By: William F. Norton, Communications Director, IFFGD; Jeanette Tries, PhD, OTR

    Easy Read Format. Many things happen as we age that makes a loss of bowel control more likely. Illness, injury, changes in bowel habits and other factors affect the ability to stay in control. Loss of bowel control is surprisingly common. It happens to a lot of people. There are a number of ways to be helped. This pamphlet will help you understand what is wrong and what you can do about it.

    Also available offline as a glossy color brochure (3.5" x 8.5"). Contact IFFGD for details.

    This publication is also available in Spanish. Go»

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  3. Fact Sheet: Clinical Features and Treatments of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - An Update


    By: Barry W. Jaffin, MD; Vera Kandror Denmark, MD

    Nearly two million people are affected with IBD [e.g., Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis] in the U.S. These inflammatory conditions are a group of several distinct disorders which probably explains the diversity of extent and activity of inflammation within the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The age of onset is usually in the 20s and 30s, although there is a slight second peak in incidence in the 50s to 60s. Men and women are equally affected in IBD as opposed to IBS, which is female predominant. Revised and updated 2009.

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  4. Fact Sheet: Clostridium Difficile Infection


    By: Charalabos Pothoulakis, MD

    Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile (a gram-positive anaerobic bacterium), is now recognized as the major causative agent of colitis (inflammation of the colon) and diarrhea that may occur following antibiotic intake. C. difficile infection represents one of the most common hospital (nosocomial) infections around the world. A discussion of how it is transmitted, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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  5. Fact Sheet: Bleeding in the Digestive Tract


    By: Information Adapted from the National Diseases Information Clearinghouse NIH

    Bleeding in the digestive tract is a symptom of a disease rather than a disease itself. Bleeding can occur as the result of a number of different conditions, some of which are life threatening. Most causes of bleeding are related to conditions that can be cured or controlled, such as ulcers or hemorrhoids. The cause of bleeding may not be serious, but locating the source of bleeding is important. Causes, recognizing symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment is discussed.

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  6. Fact Sheet: Your Digestive System and How It Works


    By: Information Adapted from the National Diseases Information Clearinghouse NIH

    The digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. A description of why digestion is important, how food is digested, how food moves through the digestive system, nutrients, and how the process is controlled. Revised and updated 2009.

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  7. Fact Sheet: Is it IBS or Something Else?


    By: George F. Longstreth, MD

    Physicians can usually identify irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) from patients' symptoms. Many patients additionally require only routine blood tests and a colon evaluation, and some require no tests at all to secure the diagnosis. However, some patients worry that they could have another cause for their symptoms, especially when symptoms are severe and chronic, or they know other people who they think had similar symptoms but a different disorder. Occasionally, another medical problem mimics IBS symptoms. This discussion focuses on how IBS is diagnosed and distinguished from other disorders. Reviewed and updated 2009.

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  8. Fact Sheet: Alarm Symptoms: A Cause for Alarm?


    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    The lack of an obvious cause, and the absence of a physical abnormality in the gut (intestines) are features common to all the functional gastrointestinal disorders. We may take comfort that these disorders are more common than structural diseases, and that they are not life threatening. To be sure, the symptoms are real and often impair quality of life, but there is no identifiable pathology. Nevertheless, the presence of a functional disorder does not exclude the possibility of a coincidental disease, and your doctor will be on the lookout for worrying symptoms and signs. The following discussion describes so-called "alarm symptoms" that are not explained by any functional disorder, and therefore demand further inquiry. Reviewed 2009.

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  9. Fact Sheet: A Guide to Managing the Benefits and Risks of Medicines


    By: Information Adapted from FDA Publication FDA

    For many people, taking medication is a regular part of the daily routine, and these medicines are relied upon to treat disease and improve health. Although medicines can make you feel better and help you get well, it's important to know that all medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, have risks as well as benefits.

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  10. Fact Sheet: Is the Association of IBS with Fibromyalgia and Other Non-gastrointestinal Functional Disorders Important and Why?


    By: Ami D. Sperber, MD

    Patients usually go to doctors with symptoms, not with the names of diseases or conditions. The doctor's task is to make sense of the patient's complaints within the framework of medical diagnoses and recognized diseases. But many patients have symptoms that remain unexplained after the diagnostic process is exhausted. This is the case because modern medicine focuses on diseases that have a basis in the structure or anatomy of the body systems rather than functional disorders that have a basis in how the systems work. In effect, symptoms remain "unexplained" not because they cannot be explained but because some doctors do not know how to explain them. Revised and updated 2009.

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