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    1. Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- People who suffer from frequent heartburn may be at increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords even if they don't smoke or drink alcohol, a new study says. Interestingly, common over-the-counter antacids seemed

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    2. Magnetic Implant May Ease Chronic Acid Reflux

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- An implanted magnetic device could offer a new treatment option for people with chronic heartburn that is not controlled with medication, a small study suggests. The study, reported in the Feb. 21 issue of the New England Journa

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    3. Endoscopy Overused in Heartburn Patients

      Dec. 4, 2012 -- Acid reflux is the most common reason U.S. adults undergo a procedure where a viewing tube is put down their throat. But many people don’t need it, according to new advice from one of internal medicine’s main professional groups. “Overuse of upper endoscopy contributes to higher heal

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    4. Heartburn Drugs Linked to Hip Fractures in Women

      Jan. 31, 2012 -- Postmenopausal women with a history of smoking who take heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for two years or longer may be more likely to sustain a hip fracture. And the longer women take PPIs, the greater their risk. That said, the risk does disappear after women s

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    5. FDA Panel Backs New Device for Chronic Heartburn

      Jan. 12, 2012 -- An implantable device to treat chronic, severe acid reflux disease has moved one step closer to approval. An FDA advisory committee unanimously voted that the LINX device was safe and effective for treating chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, that does not respond to m

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    6. Study: Acid Reflux on the Rise

      Dec. 22, 2011 -- Heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux seem to be much more common than they were a decade ago. The prevalence of weekly heartburn and other symptoms of acid reflux rose nearly 50% over the last decade, according to one of the largest studies ever to examine the issue. The stud

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    7. Are Acid Reflux Drugs Overused?

      Nov. 7, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- Many people who take popular antacid pills like Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix don't need them, according to a series of studies presented here at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. Doctors tend to overprescribe

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    8. Men, Women May Experience Acid Reflux Differently

      Oct. 18, 2011 -- Men and women experience symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux differently, a new study shows. The study is published in the Archives of Surgery. Researchers surveyed nearly 3,000 Australian adults living in the community and more than 2,000 men and women who were having surgery to

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    9. Barrett's Esophagus May Be Less Risky Than Thought

      Oct. 12, 2011 -- People with Barrett's esophagus, a complication of heartburn and acid reflux disease, are at risk of developing a deadly kind of cancer at much lower rates than doctors previously believed, a new study shows. The study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers

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    10. Some Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to C. diff

      Sept. 21, 2011 (Chicago) -- The popular class of acid reflux medication that includes Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix is associated with an increased risk of diarrhea caused by the bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Japanese researchers followed about 500 hospitalized p

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