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  1. 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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  2. Barrett's Esophagus: More Patients?

    Dec. 2, 2005 -- More people may be suffering from Barrett's esophagus than previously thought, according to the first-ever estimate of the prevalence of the condition. Barrett's esophagus is the leading cause of esophageal cancer, which is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S. The condition

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  3. Ulcers Give Scientists Nobel Prize in Medicine

    Oct. 3, 2005 -- The 2005 Nobel Prize in medicine has been awarded to two Australian scientists for their research on ulcers in the early 1980s. Barry J. Marshall and J. Robin Warren will share the award. Their discovery paved the way for treating ulcers with antibiotics. Warren is a former pathologi

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  4. Obesity, Acid Reflux Disease Linked?

    Aug. 1, 2005 -- Here's another reason to tackle obesity: Trimming down could help avoid or ease heartburn. In heartburn, also called GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, the tube leading from the throat to the stomach. Obesity raises the risk of GERD an

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  5. Soda, Sleeping Pills May Cause Heartburn

    A soft drink or sleeping pill before bed may make it harder to get a good night's sleep due to painful nighttime heartburn. A new study shows that carbonated soft drinks and one of the most commonly prescribed types of sleeping pills, benzodiazepines, may be some underappreciated causes of nighttime

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  6. Smoking, Extra Salt Increase Heartburn Risk

    Nov. 11, 2004 -- A late night meal of pepperoni pizza paired with an amusing pinot noir may sound romantic to some, but for people with acid reflux disease it is a declaration of war -- a call for heartburn. Most heartburn sufferers know the foods and situations that trigger their painful symptoms -

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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