Medications

Popular heartburn drugs may up odds of stomach bug

(HealthDay)—If you're one of the millions who rely on medications known as proton pump inhibitors for relief from heartburn, you may be at higher risk of illness from a stomach bug, new research suggests.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Common acid reflux medications linked to increased kidney disease risk

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which include well-known brand names Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, are among the most commonly prescribed medications in the world. Approximately 10 percent of adults in the United States take ...

Oncology & Cancer

Esophageal cancer 'cell of origin' identified

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have identified cells in the upper digestive tract that can give rise to Barrett's esophagus, a precursor to esophageal cancer. The discovery of this "cell of origin" ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study compares 2 nonsurgical treatments for reflux disease

Two non-surgical, non-pharmacological treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) both appear effective in reducing medication use and improving voice and swallowing symptoms, according to a report in the January ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Could your indigestion be GERD?

(HealthDay)—Heartburn. Millions of people suffer from it. But what exactly is it and, most important, could it actually be something serious?

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Acid reflux affects nearly a third of US adults weekly

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a digestive disorder that causes heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms, may affect nearly a third of U.S. adults each week, and most of those who take certain popular medications ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Got chronic heartburn? Easy does it during the Thanksgiving feast

(HealthDay)—The turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green bean casserole and mashed potatoes on the Thanksgiving table may look tempting, but if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) you should proceed with caution, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Surgery helps tough-to-treat acid reflux

(HealthDay)—For people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that doesn't respond to the usual treatments, a complex surgery may help, a new study finds.

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