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Digestive

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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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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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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