13 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JULY 2014 Editorial | Expert Point of View | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events World Digestive Health Day 2014 News and Events INDIA The Cochin GUT Club celebrated the World Digestive Health Day on 29 May at Cochin. They had a short inaugural address by the senior most Gastroenterologist in Cochin, Prof. Philip Augustine, followed by a panel discussion on “GUT microbiota in health and disease”. The event was attended by the gastroenterology, pediatrics and physician communities of Cochin. General Manager, introduced the chairperson, Prof. Paud O’Regan, Consultant Gastroenterologist, South Tipperary General Hospital. PAKISTAN World Digestive Health Day was observed on 29th of May by the Department of Hepatogastroenterol-ogy, SIUT, Karachi. The Theme of the symposium was “GUT MICROBES IN HEALTH AND DISEASE”. Dr. Zaigham Abbas in his intro-ductory remarks said that gut flora, now known as gut microbiota, plays a key role in the physiology, me-tabolism and immune function, and have a significant impact beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Therapeutic manipulation of gut flora is helpful in the treatment of certain GI and liver diseases. Dr. Osama Butt presented the topic ‘’GUT Microbe and Heath”. It was highlighted that there are ap-proximately 100,000 billion bacteria residing in the human gut which is far greater than even the total number of cells in the human body. Most of these bacteria are friendly for the human body and help in maintain-ing normal body functions. The role of probiotics and prebiotics was also emphasized during the talk. Dr. Rajesh Kumar talked on the “Role of Microbes in Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. IBS can severely affect a person’s quality of life. IBS may occur after an infection. Antibiotics and probiotics may be useful in the treat-ment of IBS. Dr. Farina Hanif highlighted the “Association of Gut Microbes and Liver Disease”. She explained that the harmful microbes enters the blood system through gut lining and cause liver injury in the form of liver stiff-ness, injury and can even cause liver cancer. The role of probiotics was also elaborated on. Dr. Manzoor emphasized that gas and bloating may affect as much as 30% of the general population. He advised that minor dietary and lifestyle modifications may help The inauguration during the Cochin GUT Club WDHD event. IRELAND The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) held a Public Forum at the University College Cork titled “Microbes Matter: Gut Bacteria in Health & Disease” for World Diges-tive Health Day, to share information on the role of gut bacteria in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, regulating weight gain, behaviour and stress as well as the impact of exercise. The event, which took place on Tuesday, 27 May, had an attendance of more than 100 participants. Sally Cudmore, APC Participants listen to Prof. Paud O’Regan, Chair of the Public Forum. Participants during a symposium on “Gut Microbes in Health and Disease” in Karachi.
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