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  1. Weight Loss Helps GERD

    July 2, 2003 -- The heavier you are, the more likely it is you'll have recurrent heartburn or regurgitation. The glad tidings: Weight loss reduces these painful symptoms. People in industrialized nations are getting fatter and fatter. And GERD -- gastroesophageal reflux disease -- is becoming more a

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  2. Eating Food Too Fast Speeds Heartburn

    May 23, 2003 - Fast eating, not just fast food, can increase the risk of acid reflux after meals, according to a new study. Researchers say people who eat their food quickly are more likely to suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when stomach acids wash up into the esophag

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  3. Chewing Gum May Prevent Heartburn

    May 22, 2003 - Chewing gum after meals may not only freshen your breath, but it could help fight acid reflux and heartburn symptoms. A new study shows chewing gum after a big meal can reduce acid levels in the esophagus and may aid in preventing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Researchers sa

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  4. Muscle Relaxant Eases GERD

    April 18, 2003 -- Millions of Americans who suffer from frequent heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find relief from a drug commonly used to treat muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis. A new study shows long-term treatment with the drug Lioresal (baclofen) can

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  5. FDA Panel Backs Reflux Disease Implant

    Jan. 21, 2003 -- A newly developed implant could offer relief to sufferers of stomach acid reflux disease. The Enteryx implant would be the first FDA-approved alternative to drugs or surgery. Most people experience heartburn at some point in their lives. However, when stomach acid frequently backs u

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  6. Sleep Apnea Treatment Eases GERD

    Jan. 14, 2003 -- A common treatment for sleep apnea may also ease the discomfort and sleeping problems brought on by nighttime heartburn and acid reflux. A new study shows that many people suffer from both disorders at the same time, and use of a therapy that delivers a continuous, forced flow of ai

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  7. With Beer or Wine, The Stomach's Fine

    Dec. 30, 2002 -- If your cup of cheer is wine or beer, there's a bit of good news. Those who imbibe a few weekly glasses have a slightly lower risk of carrying a germ that causes stomach ulcers. The germ is a common bacterium: Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori for short. It can cause stomach ulcers,

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  8. Experts Lay Down the Law on Acid Reflux

    Nov. 15, 2002 -- The acid reflux of heartburn comes with a common heartache -- doctors don't agree. They don't agree about treatment. They don't agree about testing. They don't agree about cancer risk. But now there's help. A panel of experts convened by the American Gastroenterological Association

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  9. Generic Version of Prilosec Approved

    --> Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Nov. 1, 2002 -- A generic version of the popular heartburn drug Prilosec soon will be available. The FDA has approved Kremers Urban Development Company's (KUDCo) version of the drug omeprazole. It will be available in 10 mg and 20 mg capsules to treat ulcers, ref

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  10. New Treatment for GERD Tested

    Oct. 28, 2002 -- An experimental surgical procedure is being tested as an alternative treatment to medications commonly used to relieve acid reflux. The procedure, called The Gatekeeper Reflux Repair System, involves placing four tiny prostheses into the walls of the esophagus to prevent acid from m

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