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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

  • Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival

    TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve head and neck cancer patients’ chances of survival, a new study suggests. The researchers examined the effects that two types of antacids — proton pump inhibitors and histamine 2 blockers — had on head and neck cancer patients. More than two-thirds [...]

  • Don’t Let Chronic Heartburn Spoil Your Thanksgiving Feast

    THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Planning on seconds at Thanksgiving Day dinner this year? If you suffer from chronic heartburn — clinically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) — a few steps may help minimize the aftereffects. Dr. Jordan Josephson, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York [...]

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

    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.

  • 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. [...]

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