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GERD, Inflammation and Esophageal Cancer
It might begin as occasional heartburn. Later, the heartburn becomes more consistent. Then it becomes more serious as gastroesophageal reflux disease ( GERD ).
Surgery to Prevent Esophageal Cancer
Acid reflux, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is not just an uncomfortable result of a greasy meal. Given enough time, some people with acid reflux may develop damage to their esophagus. And without treatment, enough damage can influence the tissue to become cancerous. While treatment for GERD or the precancerous condition known as Barrett's esophagus usually involves acid suppression with several medications, a new surgical device provides a permanent solution to treat advanced cases of heartburn. Ask your doctor about long term treatments for acid reflux. Formally known as ...
A Daily Dose of Aspirin Without Ulcers?
Aspirin is frequently called a "wonder pill," but many long-term users end up with painful stomach ulcers. So what if a pill could deliver the benefits of aspirin without the side effects?
Do Acid Reflux Drugs Cause Diarrhea?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public that popular acid reflux and reflux drugs are associated with a higher risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea.
Proton Pump Inhibitors and Stomach Acid
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that the use of stomach acid drugs known as proton pump inhibitors ( PPIs ) may be associated with an increased risk of Clostridium difficile–associated diarrhea ( CDAD ).
Smoking and Heartburn may Lead to Fractures
When you have heartburn, you might turn to common medications like Nexium , Prevacid , or Prilosec . But if you're an older woman, who smoked, these drugs may have the dangerous side effect of hip fractures.
Does Your Baby Have Acid Reflux?
If you have an infant, you know that spit up is a normal part of a baby's life. It's caused by reflux, but how do you know if your child has acid reflux?
Acid Reflux Device Close to FDA Approval
A FDA panel has given unanimous support to LINX , an implantable device to treat chronic and severe acid reflux. That means LINX is one step closer to being available for US patients.
Stomaching Acid Reflux's Link to Cancer
One particularly lethal form of esophageal cancer has baffled medical scientists for decades. New research may have found the missing piece to the puzzle.
Acid Reflux Rises, Along With Obesity
In the past decade, there's been a spike in the number of people experiencing heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux. And researchers say that a weight problem is to blame.