Could Popular Heartburn Drugs Upset Your ‘Good’ Gut Bugs?

November 26, 2014

Heartburn drugs such as Prilosec and Nexium may disrupt the makeup of bacteria in the digestive system, potentially boosting the risk of infections and other problems, a small new study suggests.

You’re Taking Heartburn Meds at the Wrong Time

June 16, 2014

Many people with heartburn aren’t taking their acid-reducing medicine at the right time, which makes the drugs less effective and wastes money, according to new research.

Doctors Often Suggest Pricier, Brand-Name Meds for Reflux: Study

May 3, 2014

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Doctors often recommend brand-name drugs for acid reflux and chronic constipation instead of cheaper store brands, costing patients more money, a new study finds.
The survey included more than 800 gastroenterologists across the United States who were asked about their drug recommendations for patients with the two digestive conditions. […]

New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn

February 5, 2014

By Brenda GoodmanHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese people who are considering weight-loss surgery should choose their procedure carefully if they hope to be free of chronic heartburn, a new study suggests.
The study of nearly 39,000 patients found that while traditional gastric bypass procedures reduced heartburn and acid reflux symptoms in most […]

Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer: Study

May 23, 2013

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) — People who suffer from frequent heartburn may be at increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords even if they don’t smoke or drink alcohol, a new study says.
Interestingly, common over-the-counter antacids seemed to protect against these cancers while prescription medications such as Prilosec, […]

Losing Weight May Ease Chronic Heartburn

May 20, 2013

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) — Obese and overweight men and women who suffer from heartburn often report relief when they lose weight, a new study shows.
The researchers tracked the effects of weight loss over a year in patients who had a persistent form of heartburn known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD.
“If […]

Heartburn Meds May Often Be Taken for Too Long, at Too-High Doses

February 22, 2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) — U.S. veterans with chronic heartburn are often prescribed higher-than-recommended doses of medicines to control the condition and many are kept on the drugs far too long, according to a new study.
Researchers looked at 1,600 veterans who were diagnosed with chronic heartburn — also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) […]

Magnetic Implant May Ease Chronic Acid Reflux

February 20, 2013

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) — An implanted magnetic device could offer a new treatment option for people with chronic heartburn that is not controlled with medication, a small study suggests.
The study, reported in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, tested a newer approach to taming stubborn […]

New Guidelines Urge Limiting Endoscopy for GERD

December 4, 2012

By Carina StorrsHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) — Heartburn can usually be diagnosed and managed without the use of an invasive procedure called an upper endoscopy, according to new recommendations for doctors.
Many physicians perform upper endoscopies to screen people who have had long-term heartburn for cancer of the esophagus because heartburn, also known as […]

GERD Awareness Week: 10 Heartburn Prevention Tips

November 22, 2012

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.


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