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    1. When Heartburn Gets Serious.

      Ignoring heartburn -- just putting up with it, popping a few pills day after day -- isn't necessarily the best plan. There are complications that can result from letting the problem linger. "When heartburn is not appropriately treated, acid reflux can cause erosion and ulcers in the lining of the es

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    2. Heartburn Surgery Offers Relief

      "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 specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in

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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Fruit Juice, Soda Often Source of Gas

      Oct. 21, 2002 -- If there's a rumbling in your belly, the culprit may be that soda you drank an hour ago. Lots of otherwise healthy people have trouble digesting fruit sugar, a study suggests. A report at this week's meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology finds that nearly half of norma

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    6. GERD, Acid Reflux Interfere With Restful Sleep

      Oct. 21, 2002 -- Acid reflux during the day may hamper sleep quality at night, causing subsequent daytime sleepiness and insomnia. The long-term effects can also lead to poorer quality of life. These findings, from two new studies presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Colle

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    7. Panel Backs Over-the-Counter Prilosec.

      June 27, 2002 -- The first drug of its class may soon join the ranks of other over-the-counter heartburn medications lining drug store shelves. An FDA advisory panel has now recommended that the popular drug Prilosec be made available without a doctor's prescription. If approved for nonprescription

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    8. Heartburn Surgery Gives Relief, Not Cure.

      April 15, 2002 -- Surgery to relieve heartburn seems to have many satisfied customers. A study finds that up to five years after surgery, many patients still have symptoms -- yet nearly all felt their surgery was working well. Daily heartburn is medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or

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    9. Heartburn Surgery Gives Relief, Not Cure

      April 15, 2002 -- Surgery to relieve heartburn seems to have many satisfied customers. A study finds that up to five years after surgery, many patients still have symptoms -- yet nearly all felt their surgery was working well. Daily heartburn is medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or

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    10. Keeping the Holidays Heartburn-Free

      Dec. 3, 2001 -- What's the scene at your house after that massive holiday dinner? Some camped out in front of the football game, others napping? All that overeating and lounging around is certainly the downside to the holiday festivities -- and it's a sure-fire recipe for indigestion. "People eat mo

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