Resources

Government

Healthfinder
www.healthfinder.com
This is a consumer health and human services information web site from the United States Government. It contains online publications and information about clearing houses, databases, web sites and support and self-help groups dealing with a variety of health related issues.

National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Disease of the National Institutes of Health

www.niddk.nih.gov
This site contains patient information on many digestive disorders as well as linkages to other digestive disease sites.


Specific GI Disorders

The following are sites for specific GI disorders. Some are provided by non-profit organizations which give information on the disease and usually have literature, books and support groups available.

Hemochromatosis

  • Iron Overload Disease Association, Inc.
    www.ironoverload.org
    This site contains information about hemochromatosis.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
    www.iffgd.org
    This site provides information on irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, gas and fecal incontinence, and many other GI disorders where the contraction function of the bowel is involved.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
    www.ccfa.org
    This site provides extensive information for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    www.ccfc.ca
    This site provides information about Crohn’s and colitis disorders, events, programs and research in Canada. It is offered in French and English.

Lactose Intolerance

  • The No Milk Page
    nomilk.com
    This site provides links to many lactose intolerance web sites.

Liver Disease

  • American Liver Foundation
    www.liverfoundation.org/
    This site provides a great deal of information on almost every liver condition.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

  • The GERD Information Resource Center
    www.gerd.com/
    This site contains information about gastrointestinal reflux disease (indigestion, heartburn). It is supported by Astra Pharmaceuticals LP which sells a drug used in treating GERD.

Celiac-sprue

  • Celiac Support Page
    www.celiac.com/
    This site is written by an individual with celiac disease and provides education about this disorder along with information about special dietary needs.
  • The Gluten Free Page
    www.panix.com/~donwiss/
    This site provides links to many celiac disease/gluten intolerance web sites.

Ostomy

  • United Ostomy Association, Inc.
    www.uoa.org
    This site provides information to assist people who have had or will have intestinal or urinary ostomies – i.e. colostomy, ileostomy or ureterostomies.

Support Services

Directory of Digestive Disease Organization for Patients

www.niddk.nih.gov/health/edu.htm
Support services are available for patients with an interest in or diagnosis of a specific disease. This site provides an extensive list of voluntary and private organizations for many GI disorders.


University Medical Centers

Virtually every medical center in the country has a web page and within that page gastroenterology educational topics can often be found. To find a specific university medical center, go to the Search or Find panel of your web page and type in the university’s name. You can also telephone that university’s information desk and ask for their web site address. You may find general GI information for the public on a variety of disorders. You will usually also find that an institution will list their areas of GI research interest. Some patients are interested in participating in research projects. You can also try a non- profit organization site which often will know where specific research projects are occurring.


Professional Organizations

The following organizations primarily serve health care providers such as physicians and nurses. However, within each there is usually a section for the public, the consumer and/or the patient. You may find things of interest.

American College of Gastroenterology
www.acg.gi.org
Click on “Digest This”

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
www.asge.org
Click on “Patient Information”

American Gastroenterological Association
www.gastro.org
Click on “Digestive Health information of interest to the public”

Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology
www.pasg.org
Click on “Health Tips”

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
www.sgna.org
Click on “What’s New”

American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
http://www.aasld.org
Click on “Links of Interest”