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  1. Severe Heartburn? It May Be GERD

    You thought you have a simple case of heartburn, but lately, after adding a few inches to your waistline, it's more than that: a frequent feeling of pain under your breastbone; the faint taste of acid on the back of your tongue; trouble sleeping a few times a week; and problems swallowing. It happen

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  2. Acid Reflux Drugs May Up Fractures

    Dec. 26, 2006 – Proton-pump inhibitors -- the popular drugs that fight stomach acid -- increase the risk of hip fractures, a U.S. study shows. The drugs are Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec (called Losec in Europe), and Protonix. The drugs shut down the chemical "pump" needed by stomach cells to

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  3. Workouts Without Heartburn

    In many people, moderate exercise -- and the accompanying healthy weight -- can be a good way to keep GERD symptoms at bay. But, for some people, especially athletes with intense fitness regimens, a good workout can have an unpleasant side effect: acid reflux . Here are some tips on how to get fit w

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  4. Travel Tips: Don’t Vacation With Heartburn

    For people with heartburn, vacations have many perils: unusual foods, irregular meal times, and our very human urge to overindulge. "When people are on vacation, they eat a lot, they drink a lot, and they don't sleep much," says David Carr-Locke, MD, director of endoscopy at Brigham and Women's Hosp

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  5. Tips for Sleep Without Heartburn

    As many as one in four Americans may suffer heartburn at night, according to a study published in 2005 in the journal CHEST. The figure is even higher among people who say they suffer chronic heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In a separate 2005 survey of 1,900 people with GERD in

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  6. Heartburn Symptoms Checklist

    One of the problems with chronic heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is that you may not know you have it. Many people aren't completely woken up by GERD symptoms at night. In some cases of GERD, there may be no symptoms at all, even when you're awake. However, there are a number of

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  7. Even a Little Weight Gain – or Loss -- Can Affect Your Heartburn

    Anybody can get heartburn, even the skinniest person you know, but the more excess weight you carry the more likely it is, researchers have long suspected. Now a new study offers some surprising news: Gaining just a few extra pounds can boost your heartburn risk, even if your body mass index (BMI) i

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  8. Travel Heartburn: 7 Tips for Relief

    For people with heartburn, vacations have many perils: unusual foods, irregular meal times, and our very human urge to overindulge. "When people are on vacation, they eat a lot, they drink a lot, and they don't sleep much," says David Carr-Locke, MD, director of endoscopy at Brigham and Women's Hosp

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  9. 1 in 4 Suffer Heartburn Every Month

    June 22, 2006 -- One in four people in Western countries suffer from heartburn heartburn at least once a month, according to a new study that shows the problem is much more common in the West than in other parts of the world. Researchers found that 25% of people in Western countries report symptoms

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  10. Weight Gain May Up Women's Heartburn

    May 31, 2006 -- When women gain weight, they may raise their risk of developing heartburn heartburn, even if they don't gain a lot of weight and aren't already overweight or obese. So says a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. "Even moderate weight gain among persons of normal we

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