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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

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.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Journey

Chronic Heartburn? Don’t Just Ignore It

GERD is no joke. Chronic, prolonged acid reflux can damage the esophagus, causing a precancerous condition called Barrett's esophagus, or even esophageal cancer. However, you can get GERD under control with lifestyle changes, prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and even surgery, if necessary.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease News

  • Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your ‘Good’ Gut Bugs?

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests. The research doesn’t confirm that these changes make it more likely users will become [...]

  • You’re Taking Heartburn Meds at the Wrong Time

    Many people with heartburn aren’t taking their acid-reducing medicine at the right time, which makes the drugs less effective and wastes money, according to new research.

  • Doctors Often Suggest Pricier, Brand-Name Meds for Reflux: Study

    SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors often recommend brand-name drugs for acid reflux and chronic constipation instead of cheaper store brands, costing patients more money, a new study finds. The survey included more than 800 gastroenterologists across the United States who were asked about their drug recommendations for patients with the two digestive conditions. [...]

  • New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn

    By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese people who are considering weight-loss surgery should choose their procedure carefully if they hope to be free of chronic heartburn, a new study suggests. The study of nearly 39,000 patients found that while traditional gastric bypass procedures reduced heartburn and acid reflux symptoms in most [...]

  • Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — People who suffer from frequent heartburn may be at increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords even if they don’t smoke or drink alcohol, a new study says. Interestingly, common over-the-counter antacids seemed to protect against these cancers while prescription medications such as Prilosec, [...]

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