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PillCam enables study of esophagus by swallowing a pill

...roenterology, approximately 19 million people have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is caused by stomach acid moving upward from the stomach into the esophagus. An estimated 700,000 Americans suffer from Barrett's esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition attributed to longstanding GERD. Erosive esophagitis o...

Studies address issues of risk and survival in rapidly increasing GI cancers

...age, education, cigarette smoking, alcohol intake, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use were not predictors of survival. Researchers: Premature Birth Significantly Increases Risk of Esophageal Cancer (Preterm Birth, Low Birth Weight and Risk for Esophageal Adenocarci...

UCLA study shows that people drink less alcohol as they age

...ons that could be worsened by alcohol use (such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, depression or insomnia), and to be taking medications that may negatively interact with alcohol (such as most arthritis medications that may cause stomach bleeding with alcohol use). Other researchers from the David Geffen School of M...

New treatment guidelines for pregnant women with asthma

... asthma, such as allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, and gastroesophageal reflux, should have those conditions treated as well. Such conditions often become more troublesome during pregnancy. "As important as medications are for controlling asthma, a pregnant woman can reduce how much medication is needed by identifying...

Gastric bypass works for GERD and obesity in patients with prior surgery, says Pitt study

...pic gastric bypass surgery can effectively control gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms in morbidly obese patients who had previous antireflux surgery, with the additional benefit of weight loss and improvement of co-morbidities, according to a study published in the November issue of the journal Obesity S...

News briefs from the Journal CHEST, November 2004

... ASTHMATICS One third of adults with asthma have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but many do not experience the typical symptoms of heartburn and/or regurgitation, a new study shows. Researchers from Tampere University Hospital in Finland looked at 90 asthmatic patients and identified 32 patients (36%) wit...

Overweight men spend more on prescription drugs than normal-weight men

... joint disease, erectile dysfunction, sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux, depression and gout increased as BMI increased. "Previous studies looking at the cost of obesity might be underestimating the toll," Allison said. "The men in this study were in a health program that exceeds the type of physical examination ...

Surgical procedure to treat GERD in children found to be ineffective

...en who received surgical fundoplication to control gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) had recurring symptoms of the disease months following surgery. The procedure is the third most common major surgical procedure performed in children. Overall, fundoplication as a treatment for GERD in children needs further e...

Esophageal capsule technology proves as effective as endoscopy

...rs studied 82 patients, including 73 patients with gastroesophageal reflux and 9 patients undergoing surveillance for Barrett's esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition found in up to thirteen percent of GERD patients. Individuals with Barrett's are at an increased risk of developing esophageal adenocarcinoma. Patien...

Use of stomach acid-suppressive medications associated with increased risk of pneumonia

...experiences at least one episode of indigestion or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, a backflow of acid from the stomach into the swallowing tube or esophagus) and five percent consult a general practitioner for their ailment. In primary care, a common way to treat these symptoms is to reduce gastric (stomach) a...

Significant pain relief following gastric bypass surgery

... type 2 diabetes, asthma, bladder incontinence and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC), a leading outcome measure of osteoarthritis-related disabilities in the hip and knee; as well as the London Fibromyalgia Epidemiology Study Screening (LFESSQ...

Laser surgery offers advantages for voice disorders

...rders. The term "reflux" is most often referred to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, LPR, which is the backflow of gastric juices into the larynx and throat, is also damaging but less recognized and understood. Symptoms include chronic, intermittent or "morning" hoarseness, sore throat, dysphasia (diff...

Cells of larynx may have significant immune functions

...ox and throat, and the differences between LPR and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly referred to as acid reflux. By studying the immune response within the lining of the larynx, Birchall said, his research team is trying to understand how the lining responds to different stimuli, including acid reflux ...

Interventional procedures significantly improve quality of life for obese patients

...re particularly notable in patients suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), diabetes and hyperlipidemia...elated illnesses, most notably in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to scientists from Park Plaza Hospital in Texas. Patients' mean b...

Chronic cough significantly impacts life quality in women

... syndrome from nose and sinus diseases, asthma, or gastroesophageal reflux disease," said Ms. French. "If a precise cause for a patient's cough can be found, specific therapies can be used to treat the source, which will greatly reduce the incidence of cough and its effects on the body." "The impact of chronic cough...

New guidelines set standard on test to diagnose acid reflux, heartburn and other diseases

...to accurately identify esophageal diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn, problems with swallowin...to accurately identify esophageal diseases such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn, problems with swallowing or non-heart related chest pain coming from the ...

Causal relationship suggested between reflux and sleep apnea

... American College of Gastroenterology suggest that gastroesophageal reflux (GER) of any sort -- not just acid reflux -- may contribute to sleep apnea arousals. Millions of Americans have reflux, many without having symptoms. Similarly, many Americans suffer from daytime sleepiness caused by undiagnosed sleep apnea....

Other highlights in the September 17 issue of JNCI

... factors include smoking, being overweight, having gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux), and consuming low amounts of... reduce the prevalence of being overweight, having gastroesophageal reflux, and smoking and to improve diet could reverse this troubling cancer trend." Contact: Joanne ...

Burning mouth syndrome

...ll health conditions linked to BMS include anemia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, undiagnosed diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalance and a yeast or candida infection in the mouth. "If you have BMS, analyze your overall health and note any life-altering events or stressors that occur," encourages Loi...

American Thoracic Society journal news tips for October (first issue)

...or two principal diagnostic categories, asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The study was published in the first issue for October 2002 of the American Thoracic Society's peer-reviewed American Journal of Respiratory and CriticalCare Medicine. OCCUPATIONAL AIRBORNE EXPOSURE RAISESINCIDENCE OF RESPIRATORY SY...

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