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    1. Bowel Drug May Help Some GERD Sufferers

      Editor's Note: In March 2007 the FDA asked Novartis -- the maker of Zelnorm -- to pull the drug from the market because of evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But in July 2007 the FDA ruled that Zelnorm may be used by some patients in critical need of the drug who do not ha

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    2. Fast Food Breakfast Triggers Inflammation

      April 19, 2004 -- Eating breakfast on the run may be bad for your heart. A new study shows a typical high-fat, high-carbohydrate fast food breakfast can overwhelm the body's blood vessels and cause potentially dangerous inflammation. Researchers found an egg muffin and hash brown breakfast dramatica

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    3. Warding Off Ulcers Due to Painkillers

      Oct. 15, 2003 (Baltimore) -- People who take painkillers regularly to ease arthritis and other painful conditions face the risk of a dangerous bleeding ulcer. But a heartburn pill a day may keep ulcers at bay. So suggests a new study showing that the prescription heartburn drug Nexium helped prevent

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    4. Are GERD and Sleep Apnea Related?

      Oct. 13, 2003 -- Gastroesophageal reflux and sleep problems go hand in hand. At least 80% of the 60 million Americans who have been diagnosed with GERD report worse symptoms at night, and three in four say they routinely wake up from sleep because of them. GERD affects more than 20% of Americans wit

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    5. Low Vitamin C Tied to Ulcer Bug

      Aug. 4, 2003 -- The less vitamin C white people have in their blood, the higher their risk of infection with a germ that can cause ulcers. No link between vitamin C and ulcer-bug infection was seen in non-whites. The findings come from data collected in 1988-1994 from 6,746 U.S. adults. Joel A. Simo

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    6. Gut Feeling: Heartburn May Be Genetic

      July 14, 2003 -- Don't blame the burritos and beer -- heartburn is likely inherited. A new study, published in the journal Gut, suggests there is a genetic link to acid reflux disease, better known as heartburn. Acid reflux disease is one of the most common digestive disorders today, and people with

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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