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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Heartburn, Reflux Seen in 9/11 Survivors

    Sept. 7, 2011 -- Many people who were exposed to the dust cloud after the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, may have developed lasting heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The new findings appear in the American Journal of Gastroenterolog

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  4. New Genetic Clues to Esophageal Diseases

    July 26, 2011 -- Researchers have discovered three genetic mutations that may play a role in the development of esophageal diseases, a study shows. The esophageal diseases that may be affected by the mutations include esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) -- a type of cancer of the esophagus -- and Barret

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  5. Medication, Surgery Both Treat Acid Reflux Well

    May 17, 2011 -- Patients weighing whether to take daily medication or undergo a surgical procedure to treat acid reflux disease may take comfort in the results of a new study finding that both treatments appear to control the worst symptoms of the disease in many people. The study, which is publishe

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  6. Study: Stomach Acid Drugs Linked to Fracture Risk

    May 9, 2011 -- Long-term, regular users of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prevacid,  Prilosec, and Protonix appear to have a heightened risk of fractures, a study shows. The researchers found that this class of acid-suppressive drugs raises the chances of breaking a bon

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  7. Heartburn Drugs Linked to Pneumonia Risk

    Dec. 20, 2010 -- New research suggests that one out of every 200 patients being treated with gastric acid-suppressive drugs for heartburn and other conditions may develop pneumonia. Researchers led by Chun-Sick Eom, MD, MPH, from Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea, conducted a review

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  8. 13 Million Packs of Rolaids Recalled

    Dec. 9, 2010 -- Some 13 million packages of Rolaids Softchews may contain metal and wood particles and are being recalled by Johnson & Johnson. It's the latest in a long string of snafus to plague J&J's McNeil division. The firm earlier this year recalled various lots of Mylanta, Tylenol, Children's

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  9. Mylanta, AlternaGel Recalled Over Faulty Labels

    Dec. 2, 2010 -- All lots of Mylanta liquid products and one lot of AlternaGel liquid have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson-Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals. The recall affects only retail and wholesale sales of the product. The FDA says people can continue to use the products. There have been no rep

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  10. FDA Warns of Fracture Risk From Acid Reflux Drugs

    May 25, 2010 -- Popular PPI antacids -- Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix, Vimovo, and Zegerid -- raise the risk of bone fracture, especially when used for a year or more or at high doses, the FDA warns. The warning comes after U.S. and Canadian researchers linked the use of PP

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