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.
Chronic Heartburn? Don’t Just Ignore ItGERD 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
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.
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. [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) — Obese and overweight men and women who suffer from heartburn often report relief when they lose weight, a new study shows. The researchers tracked the effects of weight loss over a year in patients who had a persistent form of heartburn known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. “If [...]