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  1. Heartburn Drugs May Cause Diarrhea

    Dec. 20, 2005 -- Heartburn sufferers, listen up: Acid-fighting drugs might spell relief, but they could leave a less-welcome gift -- diarrhea. People taking proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers have greater risk of infection from a potentially dangerous diarrhea bug known as Clostridium difficile,

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  2. 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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  3. Barrett's Esophagus: More Patients?

    Dec. 2, 2005 -- More people may be suffering from Barrett's esophagus than previously thought, according to the first-ever estimate of the prevalence of the condition. Barrett's esophagus is the leading cause of esophageal cancer, which is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. The condition

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  4. Tackling Holiday Heartburn

    Americans celebrate with food and lots of it. Those big holiday dinners, the parties, happy hours, and shopping sprees -- we love that stuff. So what's the problem? It's a big fat recipe for a bad case of heartburn. Alcohol, caffeine, -- plus eating too much rich, fatty food - is a slippery slope to

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  5. Ulcers Give Scientists Nobel Prize in Medicine

    Oct. 3, 2005 -- The 2005 Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to two Australian scientists for their research on ulcers in the early 1980s. Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren will share the award. Their discovery paved the way for treating ulcers with antibiotics. Warren is a former pathologi

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  6. Obesity, Acid Reflux Disease Linked?

    Aug. 1, 2005 -- Here's another reason to tackle obesity: Trimming down could help avoid or ease heartburn. In heartburn, also called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, the tube leading from the throat to the stomach. Obesity raises the risk of GERD an

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  7. Summer Foods: Don't Feel the Heartburn

    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 the ever-popular heartburn! Rodger A. Liddle, MD, professor of medicine and gastroenterologist at Duke University, tells

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  8. Soda, Sleeping Pills May Cause Heartburn

    A soft drink or sleeping pill before bed may make it harder to get a good night's sleep due to painful nighttime heartburn. A new study shows that carbonated soft drinks and one of the most commonly prescribed types of sleeping pills, benzodiazepines, may be some underappreciated causes of nighttime

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  9. High-Fiber Diet May Halt Heartburn

    Jan. 5, 2005 -- If you've resolved to eat right this year, what you choose may literally come to this: Do you follow your gut or your head? A new study shows if you have frequent and persistent heartburn you're probably better off sticking to a high-fiber, low-fat diet. High-fiber diets have long be

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  10. Smoking, Extra Salt Increase Heartburn Risk

    Nov. 11, 2004 -- A late night meal of pepperoni pizza paired with an amusing pinot noir may sound romantic to some, but for people with acid reflux disease it is a declaration of war -- a call for heartburn. Most heartburn sufferers know the foods and situations that trigger their painful symptoms -

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