National Experts Address Pediatric Crohn’s Disease During Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Interactive Teleconference/Webcast -- Registration Open for May 19th Event

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The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America is hosting a live webinar for caregivers, pediatric healthcare professionals, and children and teens with Crohn's disease to address critical issues about managing and coping with disease.

This live and interactive webinar will be of interest to children and teens with Crohn’s disease, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America is hosting an interactive educational teleconference/webcast, Pediatric Crohn’s: Finding the Right Path to Care, which is supported by an educational grant from Centocor Ortho Biotech. Understanding what Crohn’s Disease (CD) is and how it can affect a young person’s health and life will better equip patients and caregivers to actively participate as a member of their healthcare team.

Pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Sandra Kim from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and clinical social worker Janis Arnold from Children’s Hospital Boston will speak on this live event and take questions from listeners.

The pediatric Crohn’s disease experience differs from the adult experience in a number of important respects. This informational teleconference/webcast will help patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals understand the unique medical and psychosocial needs of children with CD and the importance of continual care. Pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Sandra Kim, and clinical social worker Janis Arnold will discuss:

  •     Important differences between pediatric and adult Crohn’s disease
  •     The medical management of pediatric CD
  •     The critical role of nutrition
  •     Growth and development of the pediatric Crohn’s patient
  •     Quality of life and support systems

Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 8:00pm – 9:15pm ET.

The presentation will be available online or by telephone. Log on to any computer to hear the presentation, see the program slides and participate in an interactive question-and-answer session, or dial-in from any phone to hear the presentation and ask your questions.

Registration is available at no cost to participants by visiting: or by phone at 877-264-4949, ext. 3

About Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.

About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 81 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance ( and the American Institute of Philanthropy ( For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit Join CCFA on Facebook at and follow CCFA on Twitter at

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Marie Granieri
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