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

Osteoporosis and Men: Fighting the Myth

We tend to associate osteoporosis, or the loss of bone density, with women. But 1.5 million men over age 65 have osteoporosis, and another 3.5 million are at risk for the disease. Osteoporosis in men is often associated with: Prolonged exposure to medications that impact bone density —These include steroids, anticonvulsants, cancer therapies and aluminum-containing … Read More

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What is Heartburn’s Link to Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is a relatively rare cancer which traditionally has been challenging to treat. Esophageal cancers are either squamous cell carcinomas or adenocarcinomas.  These two types differ in their risk factors, where they appear in the esophagus and in their treatment options. Squamous cell carcinomas are the most common form of esophageal cancer worldwide but … Read More