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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. Fruit Juice, Soda Often Source of Gas

      Oct. 21, 2002 -- If there's a rumbling in your belly, the culprit may be that soda you drank an hour ago. Lots of otherwise healthy people have trouble digesting fruit sugar, a study suggests. A report at this week's meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology finds that nearly half of norma

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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