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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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 w

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    7. Avoid 6 Health Woes That Ruin a Date

      You've landed the date of your dreams. Now what? You've got to do more than primp to avoid being branded a one-date dud. You also must squelch those potential date "bombs" -- minor, but embarrassing, health problems. From bad breath to allergies allergies , here's a look at the worst offenders and h

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    8. Stomach Acid May Affect Thyroid Drug

      April 26, 2006 -- Stomach conditions may undercut drugs that treat thyroid problems , a new study shows. The study comes from researchers in Italy, including Marco Centanni, MD, of the endocrinology unit at Rome's La Sapienza University. Their report appears in The New England Journal of Medicine. C

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    9. 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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    10. 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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