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Surgery Helps Tough-to-Treat Acid Reflux

Surgery Helps Tough-to-Treat Acid Reflux

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Digestion News THURSDAY, Oct. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that doesn’t respond to the usual treatments, a complex surgery may help, a new study finds. In carefully selected patients, the surgery provided much more relief than two different types of medication treatment — […]

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Heartburn

Heartburn

What should you know about heartburn? A Woman with Heartburn Symptoms Heartburn is a symptom that feels like a burning in your chest, and is a symptom of acid reflux (GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease). Do most people get heartburn? Heartburn is more common during pregnancy. Most people get heartburn after meals, but can also awaken […]

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Cooking Food Changes Makeup of Gut Bacteria

Cooking Food Changes Makeup of Gut Bacteria

Latest Digestion News MONDAY, Oct. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Cooking food has a fundamental impact on what bacteria live in your gut, a new study finds. “Our lab and others have studied how different kinds of diet — such as vegetarian versus meat-based diets — impact the microbiome [gut bacteria],” said senior study author […]

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Prescription Opioids Linked to Poor Outcomes in Kidney Patients

Prescription Opioids Linked to Poor Outcomes in Kidney Patients

Latest Digestion News THURSDAY, Oct. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you have chronic kidney disease, taking opioids for pain may increase your odds of hospitalization or early death, a new study suggests. The risks were particularly elevated at the highest opioid doses, the researchers said. “We found that receipt of prescription opioids was associated […]

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Kidney Transplants Between People With HIV Are Successful

Kidney Transplants Between People With HIV Are Successful

Latest Digestion News WEDNESDAY, Oct. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There’s good news for people with HIV who get a kidney from a donor who also has HIV: A new study reports high five-year survival rates. “A growing number of people with HIV have a need for kidney transplants. Unfortunately, these gifts of life are […]

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Proton Pump Inhibitors vs. Zantac

Proton Pump Inhibitors vs. Zantac

What’s the Difference between Proton Pump Inhibitors and Zantac? Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and Zantac (ranitidine) reduce the production of acid and are used to prevent and treat acid-related conditions including esophageal duodenal and stomach ulcers, NSAID-associated ulcers, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Some proton pump inhibitors are available over-the-counter (OTC) and […]

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Mavyret Approved as 8-Week Treatment for Hep C, Compensated Cirrhosis

Mavyret Approved as 8-Week Treatment for Hep C, Compensated Cirrhosis

Latest Digestion News MONDAY, Sept. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Approval of Mavyret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) tablets has been expanded to eight-week treatment for treatment-naive patients aged 12 years and older with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1 through 6 and compensated cirrhosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week. Mavyret is […]

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Interferon

Interferon

What are interferons and how do they work? Interferons are a family of naturally-occurring proteins that are made and secreted by cells of the immune system (for example, white blood cells, natural killer cells, fibroblasts, and epithelial cells). Three classes of interferons have been identified: alpha, beta, and gamma. Each class has many effects, though […]