Stomach Aches: 5 Things Parents Should Know

At some point, every parent hears these three words: “My stomach hurts.” Most of the time, kids’ stomach pain goes away on its own with home remedies such as ginger ale and TLC. But sometimes stomach aches signal something more serious. How can you tell the difference? Lori Mahajan, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Cleveland Clinic … 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

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

4 Times to See a Doctor for Arthritis Pain

If you live with arthritis pain, you’re probably familiar with at-home fixes such as ice and heat packs, stretching routines, pain relievers and simply putting your feet up and taking a break. All of these can be helpful — but sometimes they’re just not enough. If any of the following four cases apply to you, … 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