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GERD

Everyone gets heartburn once in a while. But if you get heartburn two or more times a week, it could be gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In GERD, stomach acid splashes up into the esophagus due to a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES)—a ring of muscle that normally contains stomach acid.

GERD News

  • Clues to How Popular Heartburn Drug Might Harm Arteries

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A popular over-the-counter heartburn medication accelerated aging of blood vessel cells in lab tests, raising red flags about its long-term effect on heart health, researchers say. Faster aging of blood vessel cells exposed to the antacid Nexium (esomeprazole) might potentially hinder the tasks these cells perform[...]

  • Common Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease in Study

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People who use certain drugs for chronic heartburn may be at increased risk of developing kidney disease, a new study suggests. The research is the latest to highlight potential risks from drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). PPIs include prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as Prilosec, [...][...]

  • Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Your Chronic Heartburn?

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A minimally invasive surgery to treat chronic heartburn is safer than generally believed, and could be a desirable alternative to long-term use of acid reflux medications, new research indicates. Scientists found the death rate following so-called laparoscopic fundoplication surgery for gastroesophageal reflux dsease, [...]

  • Widely Used Heartburn Drugs Linked to Dementia Risk in Study

    A popular class of heartburn medications might raise a senior’s risk of dementia, a new study suggests.

  • Could a Lung Cancer Drug Work Better With Coke?

    FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients with the leading form of lung cancer may be able to look to Coca-Cola Classic to solve a common medicinal challenge, new research suggests. As the Dutch scientists explain it, the effectiveness of the powerful lung cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib) depends on the pH level of [...][...]