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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Jury Still Out on Whether Coffee Induces Reflux

      Nov. 29, 1999 (Atlanta) -- Patients with heartburn are often advised by their doctors not to drink coffee, but new research shows that a cup of java has a minimal effect, if any, on acid reflux disease. The findings, published in the November issue of the European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepat

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    9. What Appears to Be Asthma At Age 50 May Actually Be Acid Reflux

      Oct. 19, 1999 (Phoenix) -- When is asthma not asthma? When it's gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the chronic heartburn that has become the primary GI disease of the waning days of the 20th century. From legendary Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. to the clerk in the local supermarket, the incid

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