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Get Your Hiatal Hernia Fixed Right the First Time

Imagine being a baseball player who gets to see just one pitch. That’s the situation facing most hernia sufferers who require surgery. This is a get-it-right-the-first-time situation (or else). Now, double down on this scenario for seniors who are suffering from a specific type of hernia. Hiatal hernias are most often found in people in their … Read More

Heartburn? Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Acid Reflux Symptoms

We call it heartburn, even though it has nothing to do with the heart. It’s gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and one in five Americans have had it at one time or another. Although medications can help to control reflux, lifestyle changes often do the trick, says Scott Gabbard, MD, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist. GERD affects people when … Read More

GERD: Help for Heartburn and Other Woes

Ugh…heartburn again? If that’s your mantra after meals or as you fall asleep, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In GERD, the valve between your lower esophagus and stomach weakens. This sometimes lets food and stomach acids to back up into your esophagus. The result is usually a burning sensation behind the breastbone, or … Read More

Use Common Sense When Wearing Body Slimmers

Ladies, we all know the marvels achievable with shapewear – those slimming, stretchy undergarments that can help you go down a dress size and make your body seem smaller and firmer. Unlike Victorian-era corsets, with their tight lacings and metal panels, modern-day shapewear is not going to permanently narrow your ribcage or relocate your organs. … Read More

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Long-term Antacid Use Linked to B12 Deficiency

Antacids like Prilosec®, Nexium® and Pepcid® are made to relieve your heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and gastric ulcers. But a new study is linking the long-term use of these antacids to deficiencies in vitamin B12. The medications are typically prescribed for short-term use, up to eight weeks, but some people take them for years … Read More

Spitting Up Not Always Acid Reflux Disease

Your baby spitting up after every meal can be scary. But it’s not necessarily a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or that your baby needs testing, medications or other therapies, advises new guidelines from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology. Concerned parents may think their baby has GERD if he regurgitates regularly after … Read More