Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is commonly known as heartburn. GERD symptoms include a sharp, burning feeling in your chest that occurs when acidic contents of the stomach reflux (flow backward) into the esophagus. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve separating the lower end of the esophagus
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Doctors can’t yet cure Alzheimer’s disease (AD), although that is the ultimate goal of AD research. Treatments have advanced to the point where they can help manage some of the most troubling cognitive and behavioral symptoms, and make life easier for people with the condition, and their caregivers. New treatments
Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes
Your digestive system can experience a myriad of ill effects: stomachache, ulcer, bloated stomach, constipation. But what is GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease?
If you have regular bouts of GERD symptoms, also known as “heartburn”—that sharp, burning sensation in the chest—do not necessarily dismiss them as something you ate. You may
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
If you have trouble swallowing, you have dysphagia. If that trouble swallowing is associated with pain, it’s called odynophagia. These are big words for an annoying—and potentially dangerous—disorder that most of us call “trouble swallowing.”
According to the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders, the number of those who have trouble swallowing
If you have a dairy allergy, chances are you’ve heard this question many times: So, you have a lactose intolerance, right? Those with dairy issues commonly encounter confusion over lactose intolerance and milk allergy. Over the years, I’ve received questions from relatives who can’t understand why tiny amounts of milk
Rates of thyroid cancer have tripled in the past 30 years. So, if you find or have a test that shows you have a lump on your neck, it’s normal to be a little worried. But, what’s also normal are benign neck lumps.
“Most of the time a lump on the
Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when the contents of the stomach pass into the esophagus and cause inflammation. For many people, it causes mild but unpleasant symptoms of heartburn, regurgitation, and trouble swallowing, but if left untreated, it can increase the risk of stomach cancer.