GERD

Learn about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux, including reflux-friendly recipes, tips for dining out, treatments, and more.

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Acid Reflux or Peptic Ulcer? Know the Difference

Acid reflux disease is the most common upper gastrointestinal disease in Western countries, affecting over seven million Americans alone. The condition occurs when gastric acid splashes up into the esophagus, causing damage. Another common GI conditi...

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

Handling Hiccups with Acid Reflux

What are hiccups? According to the Mayo Clinic, hiccups are involuntary contractions of the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a large sheet of muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. This muscle plays an important role in your bre...

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Study Links Genetic Diversity, Barrett's and Cancer Risk

Barrett’s esophagus (BE) is a disease in which the tissue of the esophagus changes into tissue similar to that in the intestines, with the tissue changes often caused by acid reflux disease. In some cases, Barrett’s esophagus will have no symptoms at ...

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

What to Do About Flatulence, Burping, and Bloating

Flatulence, burping, and stomach bloating can be embarrassing. Here are some easy steps you can take to reduce the amount of gas you pass.

By HealthAfter50

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and the Holidays

In an interview with Anthony Starpoli, M.D., a gastroenterologist in New York, we gained some insight on managing GERD in the holiday season.

By Constance Pietrzak, M.D.

Acid Reflux and Sleep Apnea: CPAP May Improve Reflux Symptoms

As many as 18 million people in the United States have sleep apnea. The most common upper gastrointestinal disease in Western countries, meanwhile, is acid reflux, so it is not uncommon to see patients with both conditions. If you fall into this cate...

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

Acid Reflux: Do Women Suffer More?

Credit: Thinkstock Research indicates that women may experience more acid reflux symptoms than men. According to an April 2016 study, published in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, upper gastrointestinal symptoms were more frequent i...

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Acid Reflux: Elevating the Head of the Bed Can Help

Elevating the head of the bed is most helpful way to relieve overnight acid reflux.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

Best Gluten Free Holiday Cupcakes

More than once this recipe has come to the rescue when gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free and egg-free cupcakes are needed! Ingredients 5/8 cup milk-free margarine, softened 1 1/4 cup sugar 4 tablespoons water, 4 tablespoons oil, 3 tsp. baking powder...

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Kidney Stone Risk Increases With Both PPIs and H2 Blockers

Proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) medications are commonly used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, ulcers and other conditions. Because acid reflux is the most common upper gastrointestinal disease— and its prevalence is on the rise — the side effec...

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley