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  1. Fact Sheet: Gut Motility: In Health and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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    By: John E. Kellow, MD

    What are normal movements (motility) of the digestive tract? How may altered motility lead to symptoms? Disorders affecting the motility of the digestive tract may be self-limiting, occurring only for a brief period as in acute infection of the digestive tract causing diarrhea. They can also be more longstanding and persistent as in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is associated with a variety of symptoms, particularly abdominal pain and an irregular bowel habit.

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

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    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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  3. Fact Sheet: Is There a Health Benefit From High Colonics?

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    By: Thomas Puetz, MD

    Is there a health benefit from high colonics? Are there risks? This article will help you understand how the bowels function and whether or not there is a role for high colonics.

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  4. Fact Sheet: A Noisy Tummy: What Does it Mean?

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    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    While seldom of medical importance, for some people a rumbling, growling stomach can be a source of profound embarrassment. Picturesquely dubbed “borborygmi,” bowel sounds seem loudest to the owner, who is sometimes mistakenly convinced they are obvious to all. This article explains the causes of bowel sounds, discusses when the sounds become a cause for medical concern, and offers some tips that may help reduce bowel noises.

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  5. Fact Sheet: What an Awesome Machine: the Digestive System

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    By: Ami D. Sperber, MD

    This article describes the digestive system and how it functions. When you think about the myriad functions of the digestive system, about its complex structure and about the superb timing required so that each and every component can perform its part at precisely the right time and way, it is not surprising that there are some mishaps along the way. In truth, it’s amazing how little goes wrong and how people continue to function and develop as well as they do.

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  6. Fact Sheet: Avoiding Drug Adverse Effects

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    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    Adverse effects are undesirable and sometimes harmful results from drugs or other therapies. To understand adverse effects we must first understand what is a drug, how it normally works, and why even the most beneficial drugs may cause harm. Tips on how to avoid adverse effects.

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  7. DHM: Digestive Health Matters Vol 20 Issue 4 - ELECTRONIC PDF

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    By: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    In this issue:

    • Searching for Cures for Children with Functional GI & Motility Disorders
    • What an Awesome Machine: the Digestive System
    • Research News
      • Abdominal Pain-related GI Disorders in Children
      • Opioids Increasingly Prescribed for Chronic Abdominal Pain in Adults
      • Study Looks at Diagnostic Practices for Chronic Nausea and Vomiting
      • Gastroparesis May Occur Less Often Than Thought in People with Diabetes
      • Simple Breathing Exercises May Help GERD
      • Focusing Attention on Rare Diseases
    • You can Help Reduce Heartburn by Burning Calories
    • Books of Interest
    • Treatment News
    • Buying Health Products and Services Online
    • Professional Announcements
      • ANMS Postgraduate Course
      • Joint International Neurogastroenterology and Motility Meeting
      • IFFGD Seeking Applications for 2013 Research Awards
      • Save the Date - IFFGD Professional Symposium
    • IFFGD in Action
      • Make the Functional GI & Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act the Law
      • Capitol Hill Briefing: Chronic Disease and Veterans Deployment Overseas
      • Fiscal Year 2012 Federal Budget Provisions and Digestive Health
      • Take Part in IFFGD Digestive Health Advocacy Day 2012

    Remember, Digestive Health Matters is FREE to Members.

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  8. DHM: Digestive Health Matters 20.03 - 2011 No 3 - ELECTRONIC PDF

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    By: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    Digestive Health Matters 19.03 - Fall 2010 -  ELECTRONIC PDF

    In this issue:

    • Support the DHA Children’s GI Research Network
    • Action Alert for Digestive Health
    • GERD Awareness Week
    • Things to Know about GERD
    • Research News
      • Benefits and Risks of GERD Treatments
      • New VA Rules for Veterans with Functional GI Disorders
      • Physicians Need Better Understanding about Gastroparesis
      • Defining Severity in Functional GI Disorders
      • 9/11 First-Responders Healthcare Bill
    • Managing Incontinence: A Survey of Those Who Live With It
    • Mayo Clinic Study

    Remember, Digestive Health Matters is FREE to Members.

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  9. DHM: Digestive Health Matters 19.02 - Summer 2010 - ELECTRONIC PDF

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    By: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    Digestive Health Matters 19.02 - Summer 2010 - ELECTRONIC PDF

    In this issue:

    • IFFGD Goes to Capitol Hill - Digestive Disorders Awareness Resolution Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives
    • Two Advocates Tell Their Stories
    • Avoiding Drug Adverse Effects
    • News You Can Use:
      - Drug Side Effects: Protect Your Digestive Tract
      - FDA Announces Labeling Changes for Proton Pump Inhibitors
      - Preliminary News on Treatments Reported at 2010 DDW
      - Can Future Peanut Allergy Be Predicted in Infants?
      - Functional GI Disorders and Gulf War Veterans
      - U.S. Healthcare Reform
    • Abdominal Adhesions

    Remember, Digestive Health Matters is FREE to Members.

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  10. DHM: Digestive Health Matters 18.02 - Summer 2009 - ELECTRONIC PDF

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    By: International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders IFFGD

    Digestive Health Matters 18.02 - Summer 2009 - ELECTRONIC PDF

    In this issue:

    • Endpoints, Outcomes – and Fresh Starts
    • 2009 IFFGD Research Awards
    • Medical Management of Fecal Incontinence
    • Serotonin: What is it doing in my Gastrointestinal Tract?
    • The Clinical Corner
      - Is it safe to take loperamide long-term to control diarrhea?
      - Can a probiotic help to prevent traveler’s diarrhea?
    • Report from IFFGD Research Award Winner: Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders: New Insights in Enteric Regulation

    Remember, Digestive Health Matters is FREE to Members.

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