The Right Time for Endoscopy
When medicines and pumps don't work to reduce heartburn and acid reflux, what can you do? Having a doctor look down the hatch may be the next step.
All Eyes on Surgery for Acid Reflux
Some obese patients with acid reflux still feel heartburn and nausea after seeking surgery to help. Thinking about going under the knife can be scary to begin with, and surgical procedures need to be done right.
Can Heartburn Lead to Cancer?
About 40 percent of all Americans suffer from heartburn every month. And 25 million Americans have a burning feeling in their upper chest every day. Heartburn is nothing to mess around with. It can become deadly.
Barrett's Esophagus Doesn't Like Aspirin
If you have heartburn and you're worried about developing Barrett's esophagus – the next stage of acid reflux – you may want to start taking a daily aspirin pill. A new study found that aspirin appears to be protective against Barrett's esophagus.
Clues for Cause of Esophageal Cancer
Like millions of people, you may have occasionally suffered from a bout of heartburn after eating spicy foods. But recurring heartburn can be a symptom of more serious health problems.
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.
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.