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Treating Silent Reflux with Plant-Based Diets

If you have silent reflux, switching to a plant-based diet might actually help as much as drugs, according to this study.

By Sophie Ramsey

IBD: Keeping Up With Doctor Appointments — Even When You Are Well

Even when your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is in remission and you are feeling OK, it is still important to keep appointments with your specialist.

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

The Risks of Acid-Reducing Drugs

Proton pump inhibitors are the most effective medicines for reducing stomach acid. But studies suggest those drugs have several serious downsides.

By Tim Gower

Proton Pump Inhibitors: How Safe Are They?

Increasing evidence suggests over time, proton pump inhibitors, used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, may not be as benign as people think.

By Monica Smith

Biosimilars Approved for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

The FDA has approved the first biosimilar drugs to treat inflammatory bowel diseases, such as severe Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

By Monica Smith

Surgery Versus Drugs to Treat GERD

Drugs known as proton pump inhibitors are usually the first therapy recommended to people with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Surgery is another option.

By Monica Smith

Constipation Treatments Are Equally Effective

Recent research concluded that drugs used to treat chronic idiopathic constipation are comparable.

By Monica Smith

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.

By HealthAfter50

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.

By HealthAfter50

How to Manage IBS and Chronic Constipation

Here’s what works—and what doesn’t—for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) and chronic constipation.

By HealthAfter50