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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Heartburn Surgery Offers Relief.

      If medication doesn't solve your heartburn woes, you may need to consider surgery. "Surgery is successful for most patients -- in fact, the patient who has done well with medications but doesn't want to take them long-term will do well with surgery," says Radhika Srinivasan, MD, a gastrointestinal s

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    9. GERD Surgery Pricey in Short Term

      Oct. 22, 2002 -- Even though it cuts the need for anti-acid drugs, GERD surgery isn't cost-effective in the short term. GERD -- gastroesophageal reflux disease -- happens when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus doesn't work right. This lets acid escape the stomach and burn its way up th

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    10. GERD Surgery Pricey In Short Term

      Even though it cuts the need for anti-acid drugs, GERD surgery isn't cost-effective in the short term. GERD -- gastroesophageal reflux disease -- happens when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus doesn't work right. This lets acid escape the stomach and burn its way up the esophagus. Seve

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