13 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS NOVEMBER 2016 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2016: EGHS-WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events World Digestive Health Day Observed at Ziauddin University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan On the auspicious occasion of World Digestive Health Day, an interac-tive Continuing Medical Education (CME) seminar was held on 30 May 2016 at Ziauddin University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. The subject of the seminar was in accordance with the World Digestive Health Day’s slogan of the year, “Your Diet and Gut Health.” Professor Zaigham Abbas, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology at Ziauddin Hospital, welcomed the participants. The first speaker, Dr. Khurram Baqai, gave his talk on natu-ral prebiotics and probiotics in which he explained the history of probiotics and their recent role in gastrointesti-nal diseases. Dr. Faisal Ziauddin was the next speaker, with a well-versed talk on diet and heartburn. He elabo-rated in detail the foods to avoid in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and all the precau-tionary measures and lifestyle changes to be taken. Dr. Javed Yakoob explained the very common ailment irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), its specificities, treat-ment modalities, and the role of diet (particularly FODMAPS) in aggravat-ing the symptoms. Dr. Rustam Khan addressed the dietary aspects of liver diseases and explained the dietary management of cirrhotic patients. He discussed in detail the taboos prevail-ing in our society about unnecessary precautions observed in liver disease patients. Professor Abbas had his final talk on dietary safeguards in gluten sensi-tive patients. He explained the differ-ences between celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity and how dietary precautions could be of help in pre-venting long term complications. After completion of all presenta-tions, there was a panel discussion where all the speakers discussed various dietary measurements to keep the gut healthy. At the end, all the speakers were awarded mementoes by Professor Dr. Kamran Hameed, Dean of Ziauddin University. Zaigham Abbas, MBBS, FCPS, FRCP, FRCPI, FACP, FACG, AGAF Professor and Head, Department of Gastroenterology Ziauddin University Hospital Clifton Karachi, Pakistan Dr. Javed Yakoob, Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Dr. Khurram Baqai, Dr. Faisal Ziauddin and Dr. Rustam Khan addressing the Seminar. A section of the audience. A group photo of the faculty.
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