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Sex and acidity: bad bedfellows, says latest GERD research

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 21 October 2002 - New research shows that reflux disease (GERD), which causes heartburn, leads to misery around the clock for many sufferers. The effects of the disease are much more serious than previously thought, impacting not only on eating and drinking habits but also on work performance, social activities and even sex.

Announced at the United European Gastroenterology Week (UEGW), results from new research [1] involving over 800 sufferers from around the world reveal the true impact of reflux disease and heartburn on patients' quality of life.

Professor Roger Jones, a UK-based primary care practitioner and Chairman of the European Society for Primary Care in Gastroenterology (ESPCG), welcomed the report: "The research shows that heartburn is much more than a minor nuisance for many people. Their whole lives, both during the day and at night, are dramatically impaired by the condition, affecting their work and personal relationships."

Posted: October 2002