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    1. FDA OKs New GERD Drug Kapidex

      Feb. 6, 2009 -- The FDA has approved Kapidex delayed-release capsules as a once-daily treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and for erosive esophagitis, which is GERD-related damage to the esophagus. Kapidex, which is taken orally, belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibi

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    2. Heartburn Prevention Tips for Spicy Food Lovers

      “How hot would you like that?” the server at my favorite Thai restaurant asks. My taste buds whisper: fiery. My belly moans, What about me? I love a hot, spicy meal. But an hour later, like many people, I can end up wishing I’d never lifted my fork. The culprit? Heartburn and acid reflux. Officially

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    3. Cooking Tips for Heartburn-Friendly Meals

      Cooking for family gatherings at my house is a little like trying to negotiate an international truce. My father says garlic and onions give him heartburn. My brother-in-law won’t touch anything with tomato sauce. He says it gives him heartburn. And after years of priding myself on having a cast iro

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    4. Heartburn Worry: Serious or Not?

      Heartburn is that awful burning sensation in your chest or throat, usually when acid rises up from your stomach. Heartburn is always an annoyance. But if you’re like many people with heartburn, you also probably find yourself worrying from time to time. Could it be something more serious? Is there s

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    5. The Secrets of Managing GERD and Heartburn

      Are you still trying to manage your heartburn and GERD by drinking milk by the gallon and popping antacids by the fistful? Chances are you’re not getting the relief you want. But the good news is with the right GERD treatment you can find relief. “We’re more aggressive about treating GERD today,” sa

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    6. GERD Procedures Ditch Scalpels

      Jan. 20, 2009 -- Researchers report promising results for new procedures to treat GERD without making any surgical incisions in the skin. Both treatments are endoscopic, meaning that doctors perform the procedures via a tiny tube passed through the mouth and guided to the junction of the stomach and

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    7. Acid Reflux Drugs May Up Fractures

      Aug. 11, 2008 -- Using acid reflux drugs called proton pump inhibitors for at least seven years may be linked to increased risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. That news comes from a Canadian study of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and osteoporosis-related fractures. PPIs are a class of drugs that

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    8. Heartburn Symptoms: A Pharmacist's Guide to Treating Heartburn

      If you're one of the 40 million Americans who have heartburn symptoms at least once a week -- or even among the 60 million more who have heartburn symptoms at least once a month -- you're probably always looking for new ways to relieve that acid reflux. Even if your heartburn symptoms aren't severe

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    9. BBQ Tricks for Avoiding Heartburn

      Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you have to feel the heat of heartburn when enjoying foods of the season. Ever chow down at a family picnic, come home, shower, lie down, and feel a burning pain in your chest and acid crawling up your throat like a red-hot snake? These are symptoms of ever

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    10. 11 Meal Planning Tips to Prevent Heartburn

      If you're one of the 15 million Americans experiencing heartburn every day, there's more to discouraging the discomfort than avoiding certain foods and beverages. Heartburn relief also has to do with the timing and size of your meals, says The American College of Gastroenterology, which is why plann

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