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A game-changing treatment for acid reflux and GERD

Belching and heartburn was a daily part of Madalyn Miller’s life. “Prior to living in Dallas, I lived in San Diego and saw various doctors for an issue with belching,” the 29-year-old financial consultant said. “My belching and acid reflux had grown increasingly prominent over the past few years.” She tried keeping a food diary …

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Are probiotics good for you?

Probiotics are living bacteria or other microorganisms that have beneficial health effects in people when they’re ingested. Probiotics have become very popular and many of my patients are taking probiotics to gain some health advantage, but enthusiasm for a concept is not the same as scientific proof of effectiveness. Here’s the truth: Very few marketed …

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How caring for your gut can boost your brain health

We know that the brain plays a key role in all of our bodily functions—it’s the center of our intelligence and the controller of our movements and behaviors. But did you know that you have a “second brain”? The second brain is found in your gut. Beyond digestion, your gut contains an extensive network of …

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Could viruses contribute to inflammatory bowel diseases?

Viruses may play a role in inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to a new study. Earlier research linked the diseases to bacteria in the gut. Researchers found that patients with inflammatory bowel diseases had a greater variety of viruses in their digestive systems, indicating viruses may play a role …

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GERD is more than heartburn: Key questions answered

What does GERD stand for and what are the classic symptoms? GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Typical symptoms are frequent heartburn, which is by far the most common complaint. Other symptoms include nausea, feeling of food or liquid coming up into one’s mouth, difficult or painful swallowing, pain in the mid-chest or upper abdomen, …

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