17 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS OCTOBER 2017 Editorial | Expert Point of View | WCOG at ACG 2017 | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events among people on gluten-free diets in Poland. Professors Dariusz Bielicki and Teresa Starzyńska (Department of Gastroenterology, Pomeranian Medi-cal University in Szczecin) warned us about causes of chronic diarrhea from other than IBD: “Chronic diarrhea – differential diagnosis based on clinical case presentation.” Anna Żuk, clinical nutrition-ist (Silesian Medical University in Katowice) served as a professional guide to clinical nutrition: “Clinical nutrition – in an eye of the hospital pharmacist.” Mr. Lichota gave an eye-catching overview of the role of organizations of patients with digestive system insufficiencies in support of IBD patients with special nutritional requirements. The lecture by Marek Lichota, founder and president of the “Appe-tite for Life Association,” gained our special attention. In his short but very informative presentation, Mr. Lichota gave an eye-catching overview of the role of organizations of patients with digestive system insufficiencies in sup-port of IBD patients with special nu-tritional requirements. Mr. Lichota, a Crohn’s patient himself, has been left with only 80 cm of his small intes-tine, being completely dependent on parenteral nutrition. His speech, an almost Nick Vujicic-like inspirational talk, was not only heart breaking, but also full of positive energy and motivation to every person in IBD community. The attendees at the conference break, WDHD 2017, Szczecin, Poland Next, Łukasz Fraszka (ALAB) informed us about the value of stool calprotectin testing in everyday medi-cal practice. Zuzanna Jankiewicz (Twisted Cafeteria – The Lab of Healthy and Artistic Pastries) called on us not to fear the elimination diets: “Elimina-tion diet, why not?” After the discussion and brain-storming breaks, the conference featured more distinct and creative speakers. Dr. Katarzyna Fischer (The Diagnostic Rheumatology Lab, Po-meranian Medical University in Szc-zecin) discussed the role of serologic tests in the diagnosis of IBD. Our conference could not have taken place without also hearing from our leading scientist, Dr. Karolina Skonieczna-Żydecka (Department of Biochemistry and Human Nutrition, PUM). In a very creative way Dr. Żydecka introduced the audience to the medical term “gut barrier.” In her lecture “Gut barrier” the role in the pathogenesis, diagnosis and therapy of functional gastrointestinal disorders, the mechanisms of interplay between environmental factors and gut micro-biota, neuroimmune and hormonal systems were discussed. The next lecture was delivered by Dr. Romana Kosik-Warzyńska (J-elita, Szczecin), who informed the attendees about novel therapies available for IBD patients in West-Pomeranian district in Poland. Anna Prawdzic-Wondek (SAN-PROBI) then discussed the benefits of gluten-free probiotics. Last, but not least, we heard from our famous blogger at natchniona.pl, Weronika Madejska, who took us on the journey “No gluten, no cry” of her personal success in the internet com-munity. Through her passion and per-sistence, offering health dietary recipes to people in need, she gained much respect and fame not only among the internet community and bloggers but also professional journalists in Poland. After the final lecture, the group photo was taken. The World Digestive Health Day 2017 was offered free of charge to the public as well as medical practitioners. We made a significant effort to distribute posters, leaflets and invitations in person, over the inter-net, as well as through social media. Our personal communication skills were the assets to convince the lay public and industrial partners to sup-port the WDHD event. Participants of the conference were invited to taste a wide range of healthy and organic food offered by local manufacturers. We are looking forward to continu-ing our collaboration with the World Gastroenterology Organisation for the benefit to IBD communities and all other patients.
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