If you have occasional heartburn, you are not alone. More than 60 million Americans experience the burning sensation at least once a month, and 15 million have it every day. Food and drinkespecially the fatty, greasy, sweet, caffeinated, and acidic kindscan all trigger heartburn. The discomfort occurs when the stomach contents back up into the esophagus. The good news is that most people can manage the pain with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter remedies, such as Tums, Rolaids, and Mylanta.
It’s Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Awareness Week, and the timing couldn’t be better. The most common symptom of GERD is chronic heartburn, and one of the biggest triggers of acid reflux is–you guessed it–overeating.
WEDNESDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) — Rates of esophageal cancer have surged due to a lack of awareness about what causes the disease and how it can be prevented, experts say. The esophagus is the muscular tube that carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach. There were six times as many cases of [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) — Many people with stable heart disease undergo an expensive artery-opening procedure when medication would work just as well, a new study suggests. The procedure involves placing a tiny mesh stent, or tube, in a clogged artery. As many as three-quarters of these operations are unnecessary, said lead [...]
By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) — Children with asthma who don’t have heartburn and other signs of gastroesophageal reflux don’t get additional asthma control from acid-reducing medications, according to new research. And, taking these medications when there are no digestive issues increases a child’s risk of developing a respiratory infection, reports the [...]
THURSDAY, Jan. 5 (HealthDay News) — Susan Schneck began suffering from frequent, painful heartburn in 1998. By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter “In the evening and especially after lying down to go to sleep, I would invariably experience heartburn,” Schneck said. “It was a burning. Not exactly nausea, but that same type of upward sensation, only with that burning. [...]