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AGA Participates in “Vital Signs of Bowel Health” Summit

April 13, 2017

Presenters discussed the need for patients to start a conversation on the importance of bowel health.

AGA, in partnership with Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, announced the launch of the Toilet TalkSM campaign about the importance of bowel health in recognition of IBS Awareness Month at the Vital Signs of Bowel Health Summit, which took place yesterday in New York, NY. 

The summit, hosted by celebrity entrepreneur and daytime talk show host, Wendy Williams, focused on the need for greater awareness of the signs and symptoms of IBS and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), and the necessity for a deeper dialogue between patients and their health-care professionals about bowel health. On average, patients suffer from symptoms, including abdominal pain, for over two and a half years before seeing a health-care professional, due in part to a lack of awareness and embarrassment about their condition. Ms. Williams stressed how important it is that patients not feel ashamed to have bowel health conversations with their health-care providers.  

Andrea Shin, MD, advisor to the AGA IBS in American campaign and assistant professor of medicine at the Indiana University Health North Hospital, participated in the summit to discuss the importance of discussing treatments for IBS and CIC with a health-care professional. 

AGA, along with Allergan and Ironwood, is committed to empowering all those impacted by IBS to take action toward managing their symptoms and to talk to their health-care professionals about treatment. Learn more about the new Toilet Talk campaign, which aims to educate patients about the importance of bowel health. 

(Pictured, from left: Ms. Williams, Dr. Shin, Clinical Physcologist Dr. Amanda Baten and Nutritionist Laren Slayton, MS, RD.)

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