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Can an Engineered Body Pillow Prevent Your Acid Reflux?

Can a Specially Designed Body Pillow Prevent Your Acid Reflux?

Tags: acid reflux, antacids, Barrett’s esophagus, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), GERD, innovations, sleep, sleep hygeine

Lying on your left side at night has been shown to reduce acid reflux. Researchers are studying a new body pillow that keeps patients on their left sides at night as a help for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


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Why Donate Organs? (Infographic)

Tags: face transplant, infographic, organ donation, organ transplant, transplantation

Every 10 minutes, a new person adds his or her name to the national waiting list for an organ transplant. Some people die waiting, while many of us don’t even realize we can help.


9 Tips for Healthier Munching at the Movies (Infographic)

9 Tips for Healthier Munching at the Movies (Infographic)

Tags: diet soda, holiday season, holidays, portion size, saturated fat, snacks, soda

Movie theater snacks can be hazardous for your health. The sizes are larger than recommended servings (by a lot)! The best strategy for going to the movies? Try not to go hungry! But if you must munch on something, follow these tips.


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Can Drinking Too Much Milk Make Your Bones More Brittle?

Tags: bone health, calcium, dairy, milk, vitamin D, vitamin d deficiency, vitamin deficiency

Milk and dairy products are concentrated calcium sources, and we know calcium fortifies bones and prevents osteoporosis. However, a recent study suggests that while some milk may be good, more is not better.


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Why Women Who Don’t Drink Can Still Get Cirrhosis

Tags: addiction, alcohol, autoimmune disorders, autoimmune hepatitis, cirrhosis, drinking, drugs, fatigue, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy, liver disease, non-alcohol fatty liver disease, pregnancy

Women who don’t drink may still be at risk for cirrhosis, even in their late teens and early 20s. Learn what you can do to protect yourself.


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Gastric Bypass is as Safe as Commonly Performed Surgeries

Tags: bariatric, bariatric surgery, diabetes, gastric bypass, laparoscopic surgery, Type 2 diabetes

A new study shows that complication and death rates for laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery for patients with type 2 diabetes is comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in the United States.


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10 Ways to Build a Better Bowl of Oatmeal (Slideshow)

Tags: breakfast, fiber, morning, oatmeal

Plain oats (though packed with cholesterol-lowering and blood-sugar steadying soluble fiber) can get a little dull. With these 10 tips from Cleveland Clinic dietitian Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, you can mix and match enough healthful flavor combinations to power through your day.


Pumpkin Seeds: 7 Ways

Pumpkin Seeds: 7 Ways (Infographic)

Tags: fall, infographic, pumpkin, Recipes, seeds

You worked hard to scoop out those pumpkin seeds — now roast them! Try these creative combinations from Cleveland Clinic dietitian Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD, for starters.


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Are You Planning a Cleanse or Detox? Read This First

Tags: celiac, celiac disease, crohn's, Crohn's disease, detox, exercise, fruits and vegetables, healthy diet, probiotics, weight loss

You hear a lot about the supposed health benefits of a cleanse or detox, designed to eliminate toxins from your body. If you are considering such a regimen, here's what you need to know.


You've been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What

You’ve Been Diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer: Now What? (Video)

Tags: digestive diseases, dr. raja, dr. raja whiteboards, esophageal cancer, esophagectomy, esophagus, heart and vascular institute, thoracic surgeon, video

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, you may be wondering what comes next. Most often, the answer is surgery — which can treat the cancer while providing a “new normal.”