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PPIs and Pneumonia Risk

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPI) are some of the most commonly used drugs. When used for short-term treatment, they are safe and effective for managing gastroesophageal reflux disease, healing peptic ulcers, and reducing gastropathy that is associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Safe in the Short Term, but Often Overused. Studies have found, however,

4. Diseases and Disorders of the Stomach

The stomach, which lies on the upper left side of the abdomen, is where the digestive process begins. The stomach and its walls are made of layers of mucous membrane, connective tissue, and muscle fibers. The average stomach is about a liter in volume when empty (this varies depending on

3. Diseases and Disorders of the Esophagus

After you chew and swallow food, it travels down your esophagus and into the stomach. Most of the time, you don’t even think about the simple, everyday act of chewing and swallowing—after all, you’ve been doing it since you were born. But sometimes, people have trouble chewing their food into

Got GERD or Frequent Heartburn? Ease Your Symptoms Without Drugs

If you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), or esomeprazole (Nexium) to keep your heartburn and other symptoms under control. However, evidence is mounting that PPIs can have serious side effects (see What You

Gastritis Treatment: Medication and Lifestyle Changes

Gastritis Treatment: Medication and Lifestyle Changes

Gastritis refers to inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It may last for a few days (acute gastritis) or it may linger for months or years (chronic gastritis). It is a clinical finding, caused by a variety of disease processes including medication reactions, excessive alcohol intake, and bacterial infection.

There

Dietary Strategies to Ease GERD Symptoms

You may have heard the term “GERD” and wondered what it means. GERD is an acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease, a condition in which acid from the stomach refluxes, or backs up, into the esophagus. Common GERD symptoms include heartburn, the sensation of having a lump in your throat, chest

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