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International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD)

Digestive Health Monthly - June 2016

This June we spoke out as a community to create change for all those affected by a functional digestive disorder. Last week thousands of patients and their families, nurses and physicians, researchers, and members of the public raised their voices in unison to bring critical awareness of the impact of these conditions to Capitol Hill.
Working together we carried a clear, impactful message that will help expand critical research, initiate important legislation, and facilitate the development of new treatment options.

Thank you for being an advocate for digestive health.
Advocacy Day 2016 Recap

On June 23rd people across the Nation reached out to their House Members of Congress through email, phone, and social media on behalf of The Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders Research Enhancement Act (HR 2311). You shared your unique personal story of how you have been impacted by a functional GI or motility disorder and the daily challenges you or a loved one face as a result of a functional digestive condition.     

Learn more about Virtual Advocacy Day and bill HR 2311 here
Latest Book of Interest  
The Mind-Gut Connection, By Emeran Mayer, MD  

In The Mind-Gut Connection, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and executive director of the UCLA Center for Neurobiology of Stress, takes a look at the developing science of brain-gut communication, teaching us how to harness the power of the mind-gut connection to take charge of our health and listen to the innate wisdom of our bodies.

IFFGD maintains a list of books, authored or edited by knowledgeable experts, which provide trustworthy information about a variety of topics relating to gastrointestinal disorders and digestive health. Learn more about The Mind-Gut Connection and check out other Books of Interest here
Medical News from DDW 2016

At the end of May IFFGD along with representatives from other nonprofit organizations, physicians, researchers, and industry leaders from around the world gathered in San Diego for Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2016, the largest annual gathering of professionals in the field of digestive health.  

Click here for a selection of studies presented at DDW on the latest research and treatments for IBS, gastroparesis, chronic constipation, and more!
Advocacy on Twitter 

For Virtual Advocacy Day many people took to social media sites like Twitter to ask their House Members of Congress to cosponsor bill HR 2311 and show their commitment to spreading the word about the need for increased research into these conditions

Follow IFFGD on Twitter at @IFFGD and @WeAreDHA and join the conversation with #HR2311.
IFFGD is a nonprofit organization. We rely on donor support to fund research and to provide reliable information and support to those affected by functional gastrointestinal and motility disorders.

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