Digestive Health


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

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Innovative IBD Treatments: Nanoparticle Ginger

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), consisting of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. Its painful symptoms are often hard to treat, and in some cases, the medications can come with just as many side effec...

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Do Heartburn Meds During Pregnancy Cause Asthma in Children?

Mothers who take acid reflux medicine during pregnancy may increase their child’s risk of asthma. Use these tips to deal with heartburn safely.


Taking Antacids May Be Risky

Do you use antacids such as Alka-Seltzer or Bromo Seltzer to relieve heartburn or a sour stomach? If so, you could be setting yourself up for gastric bleeding.

Could Your Acid Reflux Be Causing Throat Problems?

Credit: iStock Many think of acid reflux as a condition that causes discomfort only in the stomach and chest area. However, some with acid reflux can experience symptoms in the mouth and throat, such as the feeling of thick phlegm or mucous in the th...

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Device Helps Determine Risk of Cancer In Barrett's Patients

Barrett’s esophagus affects 200,000 Americans each year and occurs when the tissue of the esophagus changes into tissue similar to the tissue in the intestines. Often caused by acid reflux disease, Barrett’s can progress into cancer in as much as fiv...


How to Find Relief for Indigestion

Over-the-counter remedies like antacid tablets are often sufficient for relief of indigestion, but recurrent or persistent symptoms require medical attention.

3 Must-have Specialists for Children With Acid Reflux

If your child has been diagnosed with acid reflux, it may be necessary to build a health care team that includes more than just your child’s pediatrician. Here are three specialists who should be part of that team. Gastroenterologist A gastroenterolo...

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...

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...

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 ...