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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 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 [...]

  • Popular Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease Risk

    A type of heartburn medication called proton pump inhibitors may be linked to long-term kidney damage, a new study suggests.

  • Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem

    THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), [...]

  • Don’t Let Reflux Ruin Your Thanksgiving

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Thanksgiving can be challenging if you suffer from heartburn, but there are a number of things you can do to have a more pleasant holiday, an expert says. Certain foods are more likely to cause heartburn and chronic heartburn and should be avoided. These items include fatty and spicy [...]

  • Popular Heartburn Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack

    People who use certain heartburn drugs for a long period of time may have a slightly heightened risk of suffering a heart attack, a new study suggests.

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