Acid Reflux 

Setting the record straight: Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) do not cause dementia

Setting the record straight: Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) do not cause dementia Several studies have reported associations between proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use and dementia. New research published in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), puts these claims to rest. The study authors report that there is no convincing evidence to support the suggestion that PPI use increases dementia risk. These findings are based on an analysis of 13,864 participants from the Nurses’ Health Study II who completed testing on cognitive function, which is key predictor of the…

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Acid Reflux 

Fifteen possible causes of abdominal pain

Fifteen possible causes of abdominal pain Nausea, vomiting, and a loose stool may accompany abdominal pain if the cause is gastroenteritis. Abdominal pain refers to discomfort in the space between the chest and pelvis. Most cases of abdominal pain are mild and have a variety of common causes, such as indigestion or muscle strain. Symptoms often resolve quickly on their own or with basic treatment. Abdominal pain, especially with severe or chronic symptoms, can also be a sign of more serious underlying medical conditions, including cancer or organ failure. Sudden…

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Acid Reflux 

Common heartburn drugs tied to higher risk of death

Common heartburn drugs tied to higher risk of death A team of researchers from Washington University have found that a person’s risk of premature death rises with long-term use of PPIs. Use of proton pump inhibitors – a class of drug taken by millions to treat heartburn and reduce stomach acid – is tied to a higher risk of premature death. So concludes a large study that followed nearly 350,000 United States veterans. Reporting their findings in the journal BMJ Open, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St….

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Acid Reflux 

What causes stomach pain at night?

What causes stomach pain at night? Nighttime stomach pain is an extremely common problem and can occur for a variety of reasons. Many cases of overnight stomach pain are caused by digestive problems and improve with lifestyle changes or basic medications. Nighttime stomach pain can also be a sign of more serious health conditions, such as cancer or a cardiac event. Such cases are usually accompanied by additional, more severe symptoms. Common causes of nighttime stomach pain Nighttime stomach pain may be caused by eating close to bedtime, acid reflux,…

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Acid Reflux 

Nausea after eating: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Nausea after eating: Symptoms, causes, and treatment Many people will experience feelings of nausea after eating too much food in one sitting. However, feeling nauseated after eating on a regular basis can be related to a variety of conditions. The conditions that cause nausea after eating range from mild to severe. This article will outline: what these disorders are how to tell what is causing the nausea how to avoid or treat it How the digestive system works Food is broken down in the stomach and the intestines. The digestive…

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Acid Reflux 

Popular heartburn drugs linked to gradual yet 'silent' kidney damage

Popular heartburn drugs linked to gradual yet 'silent' kidney damage Taking popular heartburn drugs for prolonged periods has been linked to serious kidney problems, including kidney failure. The sudden onset of kidney problems often serves as a red flag for doctors to discontinue their patients’ use of so-called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are sold under the brand names Prevacid, Prilosec, Nexium and Protonix, among others. But a new study evaluating the use of PPIs in 125,000 patients indicates that more than half of patients who develop chronic kidney damage…

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Acid Reflux 

Itchy throat: Causes and remedies

Itchy throat: Causes and remedies Almost everyone experiences the nuisance of an itchy throat from time to time. Itchy throats are a very common sign of hay fever and other allergies or may be an early sign of a viral or bacterial infection. Most of the time itchy throats can be managed with simple over-the-counter treatments and home remedies. Causes Irritated itchy throats can be caused by a wide variety of things. Likely causes of an itchy throat include the following: Allergic rhinitis A common cause of itchy…

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Acid Reflux 

Barium swallow: What to expect and side effects

Barium swallow: What to expect and side effects A barium swallow is a type of test used to look inside the esophagus, or food pipe. A doctor might recommend this test if they need to look at the outline of any part of a person’s digestive system. Barium is a white liquid that is visible on X-rays. Barium passes through the digestive system and does not cause a person any harm. As it passes through the body, barium coats the inside of the food pipe, stomach, or bowel, causing the…

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