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Common Heartburn Meds Show Ties to Kidney Trouble

The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect — it’s possible that folks who need these heartburn medicines are simply more prone to kidney disease for other reasons. But the review of data did show a link. The medicines in question are called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They reduce stomach acid production and …

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Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment For Breast Cancer Gives Cause For Concern

Monica Morrow, chief of Breast Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, explains that when planning a breast cancer surgery, effectiveness, safety, and aesthetics need to be considered. However, surgical procedures have gradually committed to cosmetics results over the past 30 years. Oncoplastic and endoscopic surgery are new …

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Minimally Invasive Bariatric Procedures Safer And Cheaper Than Open Surgery

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures are safer and cheaper than open surgery procedures, researchers from Stanford University Medical Center reported in the journal Archives of Surgery. Open surgery involves making a large abdominal incision. The authors added that theirs is the first study to compare minimally invasive and open approaches …

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Could Gastric Bypass In Teenage Girls Be Placing Their Future Children At Risk Of Birth Defects?

Doctors are becoming concerned that performing gastric bypass surgery on teenage girls to treat obesity could result in their bodies not absorbing enough nutrients when they eat so when they become pregnant their babies are at greater risk of neural tube defects, the most common type of birth defect in …

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Daily supplement of folic acid recommended to prevent birth defects

Neural tube defects are a common form of birth defect that occur during pregnancy. New governmental guidelines strongly recommend that women who plan to get pregnant supplement their diet with folic acid in order to prevent the development of these birth defects. A new report issued by the United States …

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Heartburn During Pregnancy: What to Do

Pregnant women commonly develop heartburn, a disorder that involves a burning feeling in the chest. Up to 50 percent of women experience heartburn at some point during pregnancy. Although it can happen at any point during pregnancy, heartburn tends to occur more frequently in the third trimester. Find out more …

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What Things Are Best to Drink for People with Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux or heartburn is technically known as gastroesophageal reflux. A person with acid reflux or heartburn may feel a burning sensation in their throat and chest, which may be quite painful and distressing. Acid reflux occurs when the valve, or sphincter, that connects the stomach to the esophagus, or …

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Acid reflux and coughing: What’s the connection?

Acid reflux is a condition that occurs when acid from the stomach moves upward into the food pipe. The acid causes irritation of the tissue lining, which leads to heartburn – a burning sensation in the chest. The American College of Gastroenterology estimate that over 60 million Americans experience heartburn …

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Silent Reflux: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Silent reflux is a somewhat confusing term used to describe laryngeal pharyngeal reflux. It is a condition in which stomach acid causes throat discomfort. The term can be confusing because the condition is not exactly silent. It is marked by hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, and coughing. The condition is caused …

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Sore Throat and Acid Reflux: Causes and Treatment

Acid reflux happens when stomach acids travel back up into the food pipe, or esophagus, irritating its lining. This irritation can lead to a sore throat, a dry cough, and wheezing. It can also cause heartburn, a bitter taste in the mouth, regurgitation, indigestion, and difficulty swallowing. Acid reflux is …

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