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Team Identifies, Cures Rare Swallowing Disorder

Feb. 9, 2015 — A gastroenterologist who specializes in swallowing disorders explains of his patient: “Ron had a rare condition called achalasia, where the esophagus fails to deliver food in to the stomach when ... read more

New Minimally Invasive Test Identifies Patients for Barrett's Esophagus Screening

Jan. 29, 2015 — A new minimally invasive cell sampling device coupled with assessment of trefoil factor 3 expression can be used to identify patients with reflux symptoms who warrant endoscopy to diagnose ... read more

Transoral Fundoplication Is an Effective Treatment for Patients With GERD

Jan. 22, 2015 — Transoral fundoplication is an effective treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, especially for patients with persistent regurgitation despite proton pump inhibitor therapy, ... read more

Aug. 5, 2014 — Dental researchers are warning parents of the dangers of soft drinks, fruit juice, sports drinks and other drinks high in acidity, which form part of a "triple-threat" of permanent damage ... read more

Doctors Miss Chance to Recommend Equally Effective Bargain Medicines

May 3, 2014 — Many Americans have heartburn at least weekly, and could be saving money on medicines to treat it. A survey shows that doctors believe generics and name brands work the same for acid reflux and ... read more

Mar. 28, 2014 — A study of apparent life-threatening events -- called ALTEs for short -- suggests that infants who experience them have abnormal regulation of esophageal and airway function compared to healthy ... read more

Feb. 25, 2014 — Normally, when a cell becomes damaged or doesn't divide properly, the body's natural recycling process breaks it down and it dies. Sometimes, though, the damage is to the genes that control ... read more

Feb. 27, 2014 — An innovative laparoscopic procedure that implants a ring of magnetic beads to help prevent acid reflux in patients who suffer from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the latest tool surgeons ... read more

Two-Thirds of Women in the U.K. Not Taking Folic Acid Before Pregnancy to Prevent Spina Bifida

Feb. 19, 2014 — Less than one in three women have taken folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord (neural tube defects). This is ... read more

Long-Term Use of Common Heartburn and Ulcer Medications Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Dec. 10, 2013 — Long-term use of commonly prescribed heartburn and ulcer medications is linked to a higher risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a new ... read more

New Insights Into Cancer Evolution Help Define Screening Window of Opportunity

Dec. 3, 2013 — Researchers discover that cancer develops a few years after cells undergo drastic mutations, contrary to common ... read more

Osteoporosis Drugs Compared for Side Effects, Efficacy

Dec. 2, 2013 — A study comparing the efficacy and tolerability of two popular osteoporosis drugs, denosumab and zoledronic acid, found that denosumab had a significantly greater effect on increasing spine bone ... read more

Certain Symptoms After Surgery for Esophageal Cancer Predict Poor Prognosis

Nov. 25, 2013 — A new study has found that several months after surgery for esophageal cancer, different symptoms cluster together in different types of patients. In addition, patients with certain symptom clusters ... read more

First Molecular Test to Diagnose Eosinophilic Esophagitis

Nov. 21, 2013 — Researchers have developed the first molecular test to diagnose eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic upper gastrointestinal disorder. The incidence of EoE has skyrocketed since it was first ... read more

Oct. 7, 2013 — More than 60 million adults in the US have acid reflux, or heartburn, and approximately 10 percent are at risk for developing esophageal cancer, due in part to complications from Barrett's ... read more

Scientists Tap Into Spinal Response from Gastric Reflux

Oct. 1, 2013 — Researchers have made advances in the understanding of one of the world's most common medical conditions, gastric reflux, and how patients experience pain from ... read more

Acid Reflux Drug May Cause Heart Disease, Study Suggests

July 10, 2013 — Drugs that help millions of people cope with acid reflux may also cause cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. It is the first time researchers have shown how proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, ... read more

Acid Reflux Surgery Could Help Prevent Rejection in Lung Transplant Patients

June 28, 2013 — A procedure to treat acid reflux could help prevent chronic rejection in lung transplant patients, according to a new ... read more

Research in Fruit Flies Provides New Insight Into Barrett's Esophagus

June 27, 2013 — Research focused on the regulation of the adult stem cells that line the gastrointestinal tract of Drosophila suggests new models for the study of Barrett's esophagus. Barrett's esophagus ... read more

Frequent Heartburn May Predict Cancers of the Throat and Vocal Cord

May 23, 2013 — A frequent history of heartburn elevated risk for throat and vocal cord cancers. Use of antacids lowered risk. Further studies are needed to confirm the protective effect of ... read more

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