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  1. GERD Procedures Ditch Scalpels

    Jan. 20, 2009 -- Researchers report promising results for new procedures to treat GERD without making any surgical incisions in the skin. Both treatments are endoscopic, meaning that doctors perform the procedures via a tiny tube passed through the mouth and guided to the junction of the stomach and

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  2. Acid Reflux Drugs May Up Fractures

    Aug. 11, 2008 -- Using acid reflux drugs called proton pump inhibitors for at least seven years may be linked to increased risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. That news comes from a Canadian study of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and osteoporosis-related fractures. PPIs are a class of drugs that

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  3. FDA OKs Prilosec for Kids as Young as 1

    March 21, 2008 -- The FDA today announced its approval of the use of Prilosec in children as young as 1 year old. The FDA yesterday approved Prilosec delayed-release oral suspension (liquid) for the short-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the healing of erosive esophagitis

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  4. FDA: Nexium, Prilosec OK for Heart

    Dec. 10, 2007 -- The FDA today confirmed that it sees no likely link between heart attacks or other heart risks and the long-term use of Prilosec and Nexium, which are drugs that treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). "We have completed our safety review ... and it is our assessment that the

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  5. Coughing, Snoring Among GERD Symptoms

    Oct. 16, 2007 (Philadelphia) -- Nearly three-fourths of people with chronic acid reflux -- technically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD -- suffer nighttime symptoms not typically associated with the disease such as coughing, snoring, and chest pain, researchers report. The study of 7

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  6. Nexium, Prilosec: No Heart Risks Seen

    Aug. 9, 2007 -- The FDA today reported that so far, it has found no signs of heart risks associated with long-term use of the drugs Prilosec and Nexium. Prilosec and Nexium belong to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. They work by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. Bot

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  7. Acid Reflux Drugs May Up Fractures

    Dec. 26, 2006 – Proton-pump inhibitors -- the popular drugs that fight stomach acid -- increase the risk of hip fractures, a U.S. study shows. The drugs are Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec (called Losec in Europe), and Protonix. The drugs shut down the chemical "pump" needed by stomach cells to

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  8. 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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  9. 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 we

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  10. 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. Ce

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