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    Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

    Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is at least two, separate disorders that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) and ulceration (sores) of the small and large intestines. These two disorders are called ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

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    Blackboards and Bathrooms

    IBD is unpredictable, debilitating and stressful -- especially for children living with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. We need to help teachers understand the impact IBD symptoms can have on their students in order to  minimize the negative impact this disease has on students . The CDHF has developed  Blackboards and Bathrooms to provide educators with practical strategies and tools to help their students  reach their academic potential. If your child has IBD, you need to share Blackboards and Bathrooms with your school. Download it now and take it to school tomorrow. 

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    IBD Treatment Options: Understanding Your Benefits and Risks

    Making informed decisions is imperative to your good health but understanding the benefits and risks associated with IBD therapy options can be challenging. The CDHF recently developed the IBD BRAT - a tool to help you learn more about common risks as well as important benefits around the therapy options.

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    Videos

    Uncovering Biologics: Your IBD BodyGuard

    If you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), you know that taking medication to manage your symptoms and prevent flares is imperative. Your doctor may prescribe a biologic if you have moderate to severe Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Watch the CDHF’s latest animation on biologics and learn how they can protect you from the painful and debilitating symptoms of IBD.

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    Fecal Calprotectin

    If you have IBD, you know the painful symptoms you suffer from during a flare are caused by inflammation.  Wouldn’t it be great to know -- in advance -- if a flare was on its way, so that you could prevent it from happening? Well, a safe, simple, non-invasive test could help you do just that! Watch the CDHF's latest animation on the Fecal CalProtectin -- or fCal -- test now.

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    MY LIFE WITH UC

    NEWLY DIAGNOSED WITH IBD?
    Effie Siamalekas was just diagnosed with UC. She wants you to know what she didn't so you can understand what's happening inside your body and take action to live your life your way despite having a chronic, invisible illness. It's honest, interesting and compelling. Have a look at this self-produced video.

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    Proper Bowel Prep Can Save Your Life

    Too many people skip potentially life-saving procedures because of misunderstandings and misconceptions about the bowel prep. However, most people who have had colonoscopies, will tell you it isn't nearly as bad as you think and that the benefits far outweigh the risks.  Robbie, Anne and Laurie, who range in age from 11 to 80 years,  openly share their experiences with you in this video.

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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

    Helping you understand the details of IBD. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.

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    IBD - Achieving and Maintaining Remission

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease can be debilitating.  Dr. Adam Weizman explains how you can maximize your quality of life with simple, straight forward strategies to reduce flares and maximize your time in remission.

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    IBD Protocols to Maximize Your Health

    There is currently no cure for ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, both falling under the IBD banner, but the proper strategy for managing your disease can help you lead a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.  IBD Expert, Dr. Richard Fedorak helps you better understand your disease and treatment options, learn how to get the most from every one of your appointments and incorporate strategies that can help you maximize your health.   

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    Therapy Options for Managing Ulcerative Colitis

    IBD Specialist,  Dr. Pierre Paré,  helps you understand the disease, know the most common therapy options, highlight the benefits and risks of specific therapies, appreciate the risks of not using therapy and live positively with ulcerative colitis in this interesting and enlightening session.

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    IBD with Dr. Richard Fedorak

    At the 2012 CDHF Digestive Health Public Education Forum, Dr. Richard Fedorak gave an interesting and educational presentation on Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to a capacity crowd.

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    Living Positively with IBD

    Collectively referred to as IBD, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease cause ulcerations of the intestines and are and life-changing. Join Dr. Richard Fedorak, and Mr. Jeff Sheckter, to learn about IBD, how it affects your body, treatment options, possible complications and how to work with your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and proper care so that you can live positively with IBD.

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    Colonoscopy

    Dr. Alan Barkun clearly explains what to expect if you are referred for a colonoscopy. This test allows doctors to examine the lining of the colon to evaluate and diagnose or treat abnormalities of the large intestine. It is a safe and effective way of detecting and removing polyps, treating rectal bleeding, offering early diagnosis and possibly providing therapy. Dr. Barkun clearly describes how to prepare, what to expect during and after the colonoscopy, highlights the benefits or the procedure and, suggests who should have a colonoscopy. 

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    Ulcerative Colitis

    Sandra McDermott from Newfoundland provides insight for managing ulcerative colitis at work including speaking to your manager, planning for meetings, considering employment options and more.

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    Ulcerative Colitis and Your Family

    Raquel Feldberg is a mother of two who developed ulcerative colitis shortly after the birth of her second child. Learn how her husband and mother support her, how she told her children and what concerns she has for the future.

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    Living with Ulcerative Colitis

    James Mireau from Alberta candidly talks about his journey with ulcerative colitis from the relief and then disappointment of his diagnosis, accepting and dealing with this chronic illness, the need for mentors and more.

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    Growing Up with Ulcerative Colitis

    Orly Borovitch was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis as a teen. In 'Growing Up with Ulcerative Colitis', she shares straightforward strategies for dealing with the disease at school and work, when dating and, in social situations.

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    Conquering Ulcerative Colitis

    Professional triathlete Jonathan Caron from Quebec is not letting the ulcerative colitis he has struggled with since he was 12 stop him from becoming a world champion. In this educational video, Jonathan talks about the difficulty of dealing with symptoms, isolation, searching for information, being true to yourself and reaching your dreams.

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    Crohns vs UC

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    Blackboards and Bathrooms

    IBD is unpredictable, debilitating and stressful -- especially for children living with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. We need to help teachers understand the impact IBD symptoms can have on their students in order to  minimize the negative impact this disease has on students . The CDHF has developed  Blackboards and Bathrooms to provide educators with practical strategies and tools to help their students  reach their academic potential. If your child has IBD, you need to share Blackboards and Bathrooms with your school. Download it now and take it to school tomorrow. 

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