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.

Untreated Heartburn May Raise Risk for Esophageal Cancer, Study Says

July 25, 2012

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 […]

Stents No Better Than Medicine for Stable Heart Disease, Study Says

February 27, 2012

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 […]

Heartburn Meds Won't Help, May Harm Kids With Asthma

January 25, 2012

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 […]

Have Heartburn? Get Help

January 5, 2012

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. […]

Popular Heartburn Meds May Boost Fracture Risk

May 9, 2011

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 9 (HealthDay News) — Reinforcing U.S. health officials’ concerns, new Korean research suggests that long-term use of popular heartburn drugs such as Prilosec, Prevacid and Nexium is linked to an increased risk of fractures.
Scientists conducting a meta-analysis of 11 studies published between 1997 and 2011 found that proton pump inhibitors […]

Heartburn Drugs May Raise Pneumonia Risk

December 20, 2010

By Jenifer GoodwinHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) — Popular heartburn drugs, including proton pump inhibitors and histamine-2 receptor antagonists, may raise the risk of pneumonia, new research finds.
Researchers in Korea analyzed the results of 31 studies on heartburn drugs published between 1985 and 2009.

For Most, Chronic Heartburn Not a Big Risk for Esophageal Cancer

December 17, 2010

By Ellin HolohanHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) — Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux disease, better known as heartburn, is not much of a risk factor for esophageal cancer for most people, according to new research.
“It’s a rare cancer,” said study author Dr. Joel H. Rubenstein, an assistant professor in the University of Michigan […]

No Link Between Heartburn Drugs and Birth Defects: Study

November 24, 2010

By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 (HealthDay News) — Babies born to women who took a popular class of heartburn drugs while they were pregnant did not appear to have any heightened risk of birth defects, a large Danish study finds.
This class of drugs, known as proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), include blockbusters such as Prilosec (omeprazole), […]

Heartburn Drugs, Plavix Seem Safe to Take Together

October 6, 2010

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) — Heartburn drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors can safely be taken with the blood thinner Plavix, a new study indicates.
There has been concern that these medications, called PPIs, might interfere with the ability of Plavix (clopidogrel) to do its job.

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