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  1. Stomach Acid Drugs May Raise Pneumonia Risk

    Oct. 26, 2004 -- Common but powerful stomach acid-suppressing drugs -- some available without prescription -- may raise your risk of pneumonia. The risk is not huge. But the drugs work so well and so safely -- and are advertised so aggressively -- that they're among the most-used drugs in the U.S. W

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  2. Stomach Acid Drugs: 5 Questions to Ask

    Oct. 26, 2004 -- Warning: The drugs you take to relieve acid reflux or indigestion may increase your risk of dangerous pneumonia. Acid reflux (also called heartburn or acid indigestion) is the backward flow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus. Most people experience a feeling of burning ches

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  3. Treatment Stops Cancer From Acid Reflux

    March 13, 2003 -- Millions of Americans suffer from acid reflux disease and while many treat it with drugs, others have turned to surgery to put out the flames. Now new research finds the two approaches may work equally well in preventing a rare but deadly consequence of chronic heartburn -- cancer

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  4. Bowel Drug May Help Some GERD Sufferers

    Editor's Note: In March 2007 the FDA asked Novartis -- the maker of Zelnorm -- to pull the drug from the market because of evidence that it raises the risk of heart attacks and stroke. But in July 2007 the FDA ruled that Zelnorm may be used by some patients in critical need of the drug who do not ha

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  5. Fast Food Breakfast Triggers Inflammation

    April 19, 2004 -- Eating breakfast on the run may be bad for your heart. A new study shows a typical high-fat, high-carbohydrate fast food breakfast can overwhelm the body's blood vessels and cause potentially dangerous inflammation. Researchers found an egg muffin and hash brown breakfast dramatica

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  6. Warding Off Ulcers Due to Painkillers

    Oct. 15, 2003 (Baltimore) -- People who take painkillers regularly to ease arthritis and other painful conditions face the risk of a dangerous bleeding ulcer. But a heartburn pill a day may keep ulcers at bay. So suggests a new study showing that the prescription heartburn drug Nexium helped prevent

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  7. Are GERD and Sleep Apnea Related?

    Oct. 13, 2003 -- Gastroesophageal reflux and sleep problems go hand in hand. At least 80% of the 60 million Americans who have been diagnosed with GERD report worse symptoms at night, and three in four say they routinely wake up from sleep because of them. GERD affects more than 20% of Americans wit

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  8. Low Vitamin C Tied to Ulcer Bug

    Aug. 4, 2003 -- The less vitamin C white people have in their blood, the higher their risk of infection with a germ that can cause ulcers. No link between vitamin C and ulcer-bug infection was seen in non-whites. The findings come from data collected in 1988-1994 from 6,746 U.S. adults. Joel A. Simo

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  9. Gut Feeling: Heartburn May Be Genetic

    July 14, 2003 -- Don't blame the burritos and beer -- heartburn is likely inherited. A new study, published in the journal Gut, suggests there is a genetic link to acid reflux disease, better known as heartburn. Acid reflux disease is one of the most common digestive disorders today, and people with

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  10. Weight Loss Helps GERD

    July 2, 2003 -- The heavier you are, the more likely it is you'll have recurrent heartburn or regurgitation. The glad tidings: Weight loss reduces these painful symptoms. People in industrialized nations are getting fatter and fatter. And GERD -- gastroesophageal reflux disease -- is becoming more a

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