Genes Linked to Esophageal Disease

Scientists have recently discovered three key genes that have been linked to esophageal diseases. The scientists found that the three genes, ASCC1 , CTHRC1 and MSR1, are much more likely to have mutations in people that have esophageal cancer or Barrett esophagus, which is a precursor to esophageal cancer. The scientists looked at 116 cases of patients suffering from some form of esophageal disease. Of those 116 cases, 11 percent were found to have a mutation in at least one of the three genes. [Read more]

Chest Pain: Is it Heartburn or a Heart Attack?

Chest pain can be painful and frightening. How do you know whether it is a sign of a heart attack, or whether it is related to digestive issues such as heartburn?

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The Symptoms of GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is more common than one might think. GERD occurs when bile and stomach acids begin to back up into the esophagus. This happens because the lower esophageal sphincter muscle that regulates the flow of contents into the stomach becomes too weak to keep the stomach contents in place.

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Weak Esophageal Muscles May Cause GERD

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, affects as much as 35% of the U.S. population. GERD sufferers may often experience acid reflux and heartburn symptoms two or more times a week if left untreated. Over the counter antacids and prescription medications, including proton pump inhibitors, work to neutralize or decrease the stomach acid that refluxes into the esophagus and causes heartburn pain. [Read more]

Don’t Let Stress Make You Sick

None of us wants to feel stressed, but you may assume that it’s a necessary part of adult life. Perhaps you think that everyone has stress from work or relationships or life in general, and so you don’t spend a lot of time worrying about how to get rid of it. [Read more]

Is Heartburn a Major Health Concern?

While many people suffer from heartburn, you may think of it as just a minor inconvenience that occurs after eating large meals or spicy foods. In fact, chronic heartburn can lead to a number of significant health complications if left untreated. [Read more]