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  1. Could Ulcer Treatment Improve Acid-Reflux Symptoms?

    May 31, 2001 -- It's enough to give you a bellyache: A new study published in the June 2 issue of the journal The Lancet suggests that using antibiotics to eradicate ulcer-causing germs from the gut may also prolong relief from acid-reflux disease symptoms. Yet other researchers say that the bacteri

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  2. Handling Hoarseness With Heartburn Medication

    May 24, 2001 -- For most people, laryngitis is an occasional annoyance that happens when you have a cold or your allergies act up, but for some people it can last for weeks or months and nothing they try -- from resting their voice to downing as much honey and lemon as they can stand -- seems to mak

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  3. Nighttime Heartburn a Nightmare for Millions

    May 21, 2001 (Atlanta) -- The heartburn that haunts you at night isn't the same one that makes your daytime miserable. It's usually much worse, Americans say. Sixty million U.S. adults suffer from heartburn. And if the results of a Gallup poll of 1,000 of these people are any indication, 48 million

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  4. For Acid-Reflux Sufferers, News You Can Stomach

    May 21, 2001 (Atlanta) -- For the millions of people who are burning for a better treatment for their GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, help is fast arriving. GERD is a physical condition in which acid from the stomach flows backward into the esophagus or throat. People experience heartburn

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  5. Surgery Unlikely to Douse Fires That Fuel Heartburn

    May 8, 2001 -- For the millions of Americans suffering from GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, a surgical fix may be no better than treatment with medications called proton pump inhibitors. In fact, surgery may increase the risk of death over time. This year Americans are expected to spend ab

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  6. Alert: Pepcid Can Cause Sleepiness in Kidney Failure Patients

    March 28, 2001 (Washington) -- Government regulators on Wednesday issued a warning to healthcare professionals regarding the use of the popular prescription heartburn drug Pepcid in patients with moderate kidney problems. This warning, however, does not apply to over-the-counter versions of the medi

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  7. How You Can Spell 'Relief'

    Nov. 13, 2000 -- Television ads for the over-the-counter tablets designed to relieve heartburn often are almost comical. But the disorder is no laughing matter for the 60 million Americans who experience it at least once a month. Long-term, severe cases often result in destruction of the esophagus a

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  8. Americans Waking Up to Nighttime Heartburn

    Aug. 24, 2000 (Washington) -- For many Americans, heartburn is more than an unpleasant sensation in the chest -- it's literally a nightmare. According to a new poll, nearly eight out of 10 heartburn sufferers have painful symptoms at night that keep most from falling asleep, or prompting them to wak

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  9. Could Your Prescription Contribute to Heartburn?

    July 31, 2000 -- About three out of five Americans have heartburn once in a while. One in five has heartburn once a month, and about one in 14 has heartburn every day. Physicians speak of heartburn by a more formal name: reflux. This burning sensation under the breastbone occurs when the valve at th

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  10. Heartburn Up and Coming

    May 26, 2000 (San Diego) -- Twenty years ago, Karna Bardhan, MD, PhD, was the only stomach specialist in the rough-and-tumble north British mining town of Rotherham. At first, it just seemed odd that he kept seeing more and more patients with chronic heartburn -- technically known as gastroesophagea

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