Acid blockers may relieve heartburn. But they can’t stop the epidemic of reflux in this country. Try these steps to figure out what may be causing your reflux, and how you may be able to reverse it.
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The incidence of cancer of the esophagus, or esophageal cancer, is on the upswing in the United States. Some experts theorize that this may be due to the increase in acid reflux (also known as “heartburn”). Acid reflux is a known risk factor for esophageal cancer. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) … Read More
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
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
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
Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? Tolga Erim, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Florida, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at noon (ET). Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It’s easy to be part of … Read More
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