Heartburn/GERD News & Features
- Updated ACG GERD Guideline Addresses Increased Scrutiny of PPI Therapy
December 3, 2021 — For the first time since 2013, the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has issued updated evidence-based recommendations and practical guidance on the evaluation and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including pharmacologic, lifestyle, surgical, and endoscopic management.
- This Thanksgiving, Enjoy the Turkey But Hold the GERD
November 22, 2021 — Most of us have occasional periods of reflux and the heartburn that can result, but with GERD, it happens two or more times a week. Roughly 60 million Americans have heartburn at least once a month, and as many as 15 million experience it daily.
- Heartburn Drug & Cancer: Does the Link Hold?
June 21, 2021 — The study co-authors asked the journal to retract their paper after discovering a problem in the method they used to measure the NDMA levels, a probable cancer-causing substance, in the heartburn drug Zantac.
- Heartburn Raises Odds for Esophageal, Larynx Cancers
February 22, 2021 — Researchers found that those with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) had about twice the risk of developing cancers of the esophagus or larynx.
- FDA Requests Zantac Be Pulled From the Market
April 1, 2020 — Six months after independent testing first raised the possibility that popular heartburn drug ranitidine (Zantac) might break down into the powerful carcinogen n-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), the FDA has asked for the removal of all ranitidine products from the market.
- Could Heartburn Meds Lead to Drug-Resistant Germs?
February 25, 2020 — The findings do not prove that PPIs -- which include popular brands such as Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole) -- are the cause, experts said. But they are the latest to raise safety questions about the top-selling prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
- Surgery Helps Tough-to-Treat Acid Reflux
October 17, 2019 — This surgery is done under general anesthesia with a laparoscope, a thin tube with a tiny video camera. The surgeon sews the top of the stomach around the esophagus.
- Heartburn Drugs and Cancer: What Are the Risks?
September 26, 2019 — FDA testing found the impurity in generic versions and in brand-name Zantac. Already, one major manufacturer has recalled its version of the drug, and another has ceased distribution.
- Generic Zantac Production Stopped For Cancer Risk
September 19, 2019 — A distribution halt is not the same as a full recall, and it means that generic Zantac (ranitidine) remaining on store shelves can still be sold, CBS News reported.
- Zantac Heartburn Drug May Contain Carcinogen: FDA
September 13, 2019 — While preliminary tests found low levels of the nitrosamine impurity N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in some ranitidine products, the FDA said this does not mean patients taking the drugs should stop using them now.
- Researchers Weigh Benefits, Risks of PPIs
July 31, 2019 — PPIs, or proton pump inhibitors, are among the most common prescription drugs and are used to treat acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and stomach ulcers.
- Heartburn Drugs Again Tied to Fatal Risks
June 6, 2019 — Research in recent years has linked long-term use of drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to increased risks of various diseases and premature death. These latest findings point to the specific causes of death.
- Acid reflux linked to neck cancers
December 22, 2017 — A US study has found that gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) may increase the risk of cancer of the throat, tonsils and parts of the sinuses in older people.
- Chronic Heartburn Tied to Higher Odds for Head, Neck Cancers
December 21, 2017 — New research suggests people with chronic acid reflux might have higher odds for even more dangerous foes -- head and neck cancers
- Common Heartburn Meds Show Ties to Kidney Trouble
November 4, 2017 — The medicines in question are called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They reduce stomach acid production and are among the most widely prescribed medications in the world.
- Acid reflux drug 'increases stomach cancer risk'
November 1, 2017 — People who take a common medication for acid reflux may be at a higher risk of stomach cancer, according to new research.
- Are Some Heartburn Meds Tied to Stomach Cancer?
October 31, 2017 — Popping certain heartburn drugs like they're candy might up your odds for stomach cancer, new research suggests.
- Popular Heartburn Drugs Don't Raise Risk of Alzheimer's: Study
August 18, 2017 — Researchers say proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or Prilosec not linked to dementia
- Popular Heartburn Drugs May Boost Death Risk: Study
July 3, 2017 — Popular heartburn drugs known as proton pump inhibitors may raise the chance of death, new research shows.
- Are Heartburn Meds and Superbug Infections Linked?
March 27, 2017 — Recurring bouts of C. difficile were more common in those who took drugs that lower stomach acid
- Heartburn Drugs May Raise Stomach Infection Risk
January 5, 2017 — Suggests long-term use of acid suppressors might open door to C. difficile and Campylobacter bacteria
- Could Common Heartburn Drugs Up Stroke Risk?
November 15, 2016 — Researchers concerned about high doses of meds like Nexium and Prilosec
- Research Evaluates Possible Link to PPI Risks
June 8, 2016 — Research Evaluates Possible Link to PPI Risks
- How Popular Heartburn Drug Might Harm Arteries
May 10, 2016 — Prior research has also raised concerns about Nexium and heart health
- Common Heartburn Drugs Linked to Kidney Disease
April 14, 2016 — But finding can't show whether drugs are directly responsible
- Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Chronic Heartburn?
March 29, 2016 — Death rate from procedure lower than previously reported, study finds
- Heartburn Meds Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease
January 11, 2016 — While study can't prove cause-and-effect, increasing damage seen as dose rises
- Heartburn Drugs Tied to Higher Kidney Disease Risk
October 27, 2015 — But studies weren't designed to prove proton pump inhibitors are responsible for the increase
- Popular Heartburn Meds Tied to Heart Attack Risk
June 10, 2015 — But don't stop taking proton pump inhibitors based on this study, expert says
- FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug
January 26, 2015 — The proton pump inhibitor reduces amount of acid in the stomach
- Could Heartburn Drugs Upset Your 'Good' Gut Bugs?
November 25, 2014 — Study suggests class of meds upset healthy balance of bacteria in the gut
- Take Heartburn Medicines Before Breakfast
June 11, 2014 — Too many patients unaware that timing is key to treatment, study finds
- 10 Tips for When Your Meds Trigger Heartburn
April 16, 2014 — Does your medication cause heartburn? These tips may bring relief.
- New Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Ease Chronic Heartburn
February 5, 2014 — Study finds sleeve gastrectomy often doesn't relieve acid reflux, and sometimes makes it worse
- Acid-Reflux Drugs & Lower Levels of Vitamin B-12
December 10, 2013 — Study found risk of deficiency rose with longer use, higher doses
- Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer
May 23, 2013 — But simple antacids appear to lower the risk, researchers report
- Magnetic Implant May Ease Chronic Acid Reflux
February 20, 2013 — Study found device allowed some heartburn patients to stop taking medication
- Endoscopy Overused in Heartburn Patients
November 29, 2012 — Acid reflux is the most common reason U.S. adults undergo a procedure where a viewing tube is put down their throat. But many people don’t need it, according to new advice from one of internal medicine’s main professional groups.
- Heartburn Meal Ideas for All Year Round
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- Party Recipes Without the Burn
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- Heartburn Drugs Linked to Hip Fractures in Women
January 31, 2012 — Postmenopausal women with a history of smoking who take heartburn drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for two years or longer may be more likely to sustain a hip fracture.
- FDA Panel Backs New Device for Chronic Heartburn
January 12, 2012 — An implantable device to treat chronic, severe acid reflux disease has moved one step closer to approval.
- Study: Acid Reflux on the Rise
December 22, 2011 — The prevalence of weekly heartburn and other symptoms associated with acid reflux rose by almost 50% over the last decade, according to one of the largest studies ever to examine the issue.
- Are Acid Reflux Drugs Overused?
November 6, 2011 — Many people who take popular antacid pills like Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix don't need them, according to a series of studies presented here at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting.
- Men, Women May Experience Acid Reflux Differently
October 18, 2011 — Men and women experience symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux differently, a new study shows.
- Barrett's Esophagus May Be Less Risky Than Thought
October 12, 2011 — People with Barrett's esophagus, a complication of heartburn and acid reflux disease, are at risk of developing a deadly kind of cancer at much lower rates than doctors previously believed, a new study shows.
- Some Acid Reflux Drugs Linked to C. diff
September 21, 2011 — The popular class of acid reflux medication that includes Aciphex, Dexilant, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix is associated with an increased risk of diarrhea caused by the bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff).
- Heartburn, Reflux Seen in 9/11 Survivors
September 7, 2011 — Many people who were exposed to the dust cloud after the terror attacks on Sept 11, 2001, may have developed lasting heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, and other symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- New Genetic Clues to Esophageal Diseases
July 26, 2011 — Researchers have discovered three genetic mutations that may play a role in the development of esophageal diseases, a study shows.