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  1. FDA Panel Backs Reflux Disease Implant

    Jan. 21, 2003 -- A newly developed implant could offer relief to sufferers of stomach acid reflux disease. The Enteryx implant would be the first FDA-approved alternative to drugs or surgery. Most people experience heartburn at some point in their lives. However, when stomach acid frequently backs u

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  2. Sleep Apnea Treatment Eases GERD

    Jan. 14, 2003 -- A common treatment for sleep apnea may also ease the discomfort and sleeping problems brought on by nighttime heartburn and acid reflux. A new study shows that many people suffer from both disorders at the same time, and use of a therapy that delivers a continuous, forced flow of ai

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  3. With Beer or Wine, The Stomach's Fine

    Dec. 30, 2002 -- If your cup of cheer is wine or beer, there's a bit of good news. Those who imbibe a few weekly glasses have a slightly lower risk of carrying a germ that causes stomach ulcers. The germ is a common bacterium: Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori for short. It can cause stomach ulcers,

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  4. Experts Lay Down the Law on Acid Reflux

    Nov. 15, 2002 -- The acid reflux of heartburn comes with a common heartache -- doctors don't agree. They don't agree about treatment. They don't agree about testing. They don't agree about cancer risk. But now there's help. A panel of experts convened by the American Gastroenterological Association

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  5. Generic Version of Prilosec Approved

    --> Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD Nov. 1, 2002 -- A generic version of the popular heartburn drug Prilosec soon will be available. The FDA has approved Kremers Urban Development Company's (KUDCo) version of the drug omeprazole. It will be available in 10 mg and 20 mg capsules to treat ulcers, ref

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  6. New Treatment for GERD Tested

    Oct. 28, 2002 -- An experimental surgical procedure is being tested as an alternative treatment to medications commonly used to relieve acid reflux. The procedure, called The Gatekeeper Reflux Repair System, involves placing four tiny prostheses into the walls of the esophagus to prevent acid from m

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  7. GERD Surgery Pricey in Short Term.

    Oct. 22, 2002 -- Even though it cuts the need for anti-acid drugs, GERD surgery isn't cost-effective in the short term. GERD -- gastroesophageal reflux disease -- happens when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus doesn't work right. This lets acid escape the stomach and burn its way up th

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  8. GERD, Acid Reflux Interfere With Restful Sleep

    Oct. 21, 2002 -- Acid reflux during the day may hamper sleep quality at night, causing subsequent daytime sleepiness and insomnia. The long-term effects can also lead to poorer quality of life. These findings, from two new studies presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Colle

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  9. Panel Backs Over-the-Counter Prilosec.

    June 27, 2002 -- The first drug of its class may soon join the ranks of other over-the-counter heartburn medications lining drug store shelves. An FDA advisory panel has now recommended that the popular drug Prilosec be made available without a doctor's prescription. If approved for nonprescription

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  10. Heartburn Surgery Gives Relief, Not Cure.

    April 15, 2002 -- Surgery to relieve heartburn seems to have many satisfied customers. A study finds that up to five years after surgery, many patients still have symptoms -- yet nearly all felt their surgery was working well. Daily heartburn is medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or

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