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Chronic Heartburn May Raise Odds for Throat Cancer: Study

Posted 23 May 2013 by

THURSDAY, May 23 – People who suffer from frequent heartburn may be at increased risk for cancers of the throat and vocal cords even if they don't smoke or drink alcohol, a new study says. Interestingly, common over-the-counter antacids seemed to protect against these cancers while prescription medications such as Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid didn't, the researchers said. "There has been a controversy about whether heartburn contributes to cancers of the larynx or pharynx," said lead researcher Scott Langevin, a postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University in Providence, R.I. "And we found out that it does elevate the risk of these cancers. There is about a 78 percent increase in the risk for cancer in people who experience heavy heartburn," he said. "This is important in figuring out who to monitor more closely." The other finding, which Langevin called "surprising," was the ... Read more

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Losing Weight May Ease Chronic Heartburn

Posted 20 May 2013 by

MONDAY, May 20 – Obese and overweight men and women who suffer from heartburn often report relief when they lose weight, a new study shows. The researchers tracked the effects of weight loss over a year in patients who had a persistent form of heartburn known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD. "If you lose weight, you will have improvements in your reflux symptoms," said study author Dr. Preetika Sinh, a gastroenterology fellow at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. In women, but not men, long-term exercise also helped reduce symptoms, she added. Sinh was scheduled to present the findings Monday at the Digestive Disease Week annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Previous research also has linked weight loss with a decline in GERD symptoms. Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is very common, with more than 60 million Americans having it at least once a month, according to the American ... Read more

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Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes

Posted 30 Mar 2009 by

MONDAY, March 30 – Japanese herbal medicines may help people with gastrointestinal disorders – such as constipation and indigestion – that don't respond to conventional treatments, a new study suggests. Many drugs used for these gastrointestinal "motility disorders" don't work or cause unwanted side effects, the researchers noted. "Japanese herbal medicines have been used in East Asia for thousands of years. Our review of the world medical literature reveals that herbal medicines serve a valuable role in the management of patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders," lead researcher Hidekazu Suzuki, an associate professor at the Keio University School of Medicine, said in a news release. The researchers analyzed data from studies that examined several different Japanese herbal medicines, including Rikkunshi-to and Dai-Kenchu-to. The results showed that Rikkunshi-to, which is ... Read more

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What You Need to Know When Your Stomach Aches

Posted 28 Mar 2009 by

SATURDAY, March 28 – If your tummy feels funny, it could be a one-time bellyache, but it also could be a sign of something more serious. Dr. C. Richard Boland, chief of gastroenterology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, says that everyone should know five things about serious digestive disorders: Symptoms: Alert your doctor if you have persistent symptoms, such as abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn or blood in the stools. Diagnosis: Because many digestive disorders are not detectable with blood or imaging tests, they can be difficult to diagnosis. Irritable bowel syndrome, for instance, is usually diagnosed by first ruling out all other disorders. Talking to your doctor: Symptoms and your health history play a major role in diagnosing digestive disorders, so be frank with your doctor. Recording your eating habits and symptoms ... Read more

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Antacids Are Best First Choice for Indigestion

Posted 15 Jan 2009 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 15 – Starting treatment for dyspepsia – the medical name for indigestion – with run-of-the-mill antacids, then moving up to more sophisticated drugs if needed, is slightly less costly than starting with the more powerful drugs, a new study says. "Most patients with new-onset dyspepsia are treated with empirical proton pump inhibitor treatment [meaning that treatment decisions are based on observation more than testing] all over the world, [making] proton pump inhibitors one of the most prescribed drugs worldwide, with enormous cost for society," noted study senior author Dr. Robert Laheij, of the department of gastroenterology at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands. But he added that, "overall, most patients with dyspepsia could and should be managed with antacids and H2 receptor antagonists instead of treatment with proton pump inhibitors. ... Read more

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