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Is a Hiatal Hernia Causing Your Heartburn?

Is a Hiatal Hernia Causing Your Heartburn?

The diaphragm is a large muscle that separates your chest and abdominal cavity. The diaphragm contains an opening called the hiatus, through which your esophagus passes to connect to the stomach. In some people, especially those who are overweight, over age 50, or who smoke, the stomach bulges up through

Are You at Risk for Esophageal Cancer? Watch for These Symptoms

Are You at Risk for Esophageal Cancer? Watch for These Symptoms

Esophageal cancer is on the rise in the U.S.—according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 17,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2016. Symptoms typically don’t become apparent until late in the disease, and the fact this cancer is often detected at an advanced stage means that outcomes are poor.

Seniors

Are You at Risk for Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is on the rise in the U.S.—according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 17,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2016. Symptoms typically don’t become apparent until late in the disease, and the fact this cancer is often detected at an advanced stage means that outcomes are poor.

Gastroesophageal Reflux: How to Avoid Heartburn

Gastroesophageal Reflux: How to Avoid Heartburn

It’s easy to reach for antacids or prescription medications when the fiery pain of heartburn strikes. But you may find more relief by changing your diet and lifestyle instead. Heartburn is just one symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that is often related to the foods you eat

Dealing with Dysphagia: A Difficult-to-Swallow Condition

Dealing with Dysphagia: A Difficult-to-Swallow Condition

Dysphagia is a condition that can occur at any age, although it’s more common in older adults. It falls into one of the following categories:

Esophageal dysphagia: This is the feeling that food gets stuck in your throat or in your chest.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia: This occurs when certain conditions weaken your

Ask Dr. Etingin: Stopping Diarrhea; Acid Reflux

Q. Can you give me any information about what stops diarrhea, especially when you don’t know what is causing it? Are there any sure-fire cures?
A. As you suggest, what stops diarrhea often depends on what’s causing the problem. A variety of medications, including antibiotics, certain cancer drugs, and antacids with

Hiatal Hernia: How It Happens, How It’s Treated

Aging puts you at risk for more health issues, particularly if you are overweight or obese. One such issue that has become more common as the U.S. obesity rate increases is hiatal hernia—estimates suggest that up to half of adults age 60 and older have this type of hernia.
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To Drink or Not to Drink

You’re dining with good friends at a nice French restaurant, and the waiter proffers a wine list. Must you decline and cheerfully order ginger ale?

Not necessarily, says Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Geriatrics. Alcohol offers a

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