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Do you have these 4 risk factors of gall bladder disease?

Up to 15 percent of people will develop gall stones at some point during their lifetime, and four percent of those people will face complications. Gall bladder disease can impact anyone, but there are several factors that have proven to be a good indicator of who is most at risk. Although these four characteristics do …

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Why exercise and diet might be better heartburn treatment than medication

If you suffer from heartburn, you’re not alone. It’s a weekly occurrence for 20 percent of Americans. But as medications to treat heartburn are now being linked to a growing number of complications, more people are exploring alternative ways to relieve symptoms through lifestyle changes. A class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are …

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Achalasia: Rare swallowing disorder treated with new minimally invasive procedure

After losing an alarming 17 pounds in a month, Wayne Weaver, 80, learned he had a rare and potentially life-threatening swallowing condition called achalasia. Treatment for achalasia includes cutting the muscles in the lower esophagus, and the treatment of choice at most hospitals is an extensive surgery involving incisions in the abdomen through to the esophagus. But …

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Your sensitive stomach might be caused by Inflammatory Bowel Disease

On the surface, our bodies may seem fine. Inside the gut however, there is a continuous war between invaders and our immune system’s defenses. Attackers (bacteria, viruses and toxins) keep arriving in our food and drink. White blood cells in the gut are on constant alert to fight off these attackers. At the same time, the …

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Popular heartburn medications associated with stroke: Should you be concerned?

Heartburn can be a pain, especially following the holiday season. To find relief, millions of Americans have relied on a class of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs)—medications that bind to stomach cells to reduce acid, often associated with conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and ulcers. But a new study casts doubt on …

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LINX®: 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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Hairdresser survives colon cancer, shares powerful message with clients

Ladies: Don’t most of us talk to our hairdressers about all kinds of things?  Kids, pets, vacation plans, clothes and the list goes on. Something that doesn’t come up too often in conversation? Colorectal cancer. Yet, this is the topic 57-year-old hairdresser Cathey Minter finds herself discussing quite regularly with her clients. Last year, Cathey’s primary care physician found a …

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Girl with fight, 10 years post transplant for rare disorder

The pediatric world is learning from a young girl with a rare congenital disease, while somehow she stays smiling. The child, 10-year-old Haelie Pisciotta, of Rob and Kellie Pisciotta of Belton, Texas, is talkative and full of life, pioneering her way through her condition as one of the oldest living survivors. At the time of …

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