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  • Acid Reflux Disease May Cause Esophageal Pre-Cancer Conditions (ABC News)
      "More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month and more than 15 million experience it daily. While occasional heartburn is normal, chronic heartburn is not and can lead to cancer when not properly treated."

      "But many people ignore serious acid reflux because instead of heartburn they have other, sometimes confusing symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, a choking sensation, chronic cough, and sore throat." 09-06

  • Esophageal Cancer Treatment (MSNBC News)
      "Chronic heartburn appears to be fueling the nation's fastest-growing cancer, esophageal cancer. Some 3 million Americans are thought to have a type of esophagus damage from severe acid reflux that puts them at increased risk for the deadly cancer and new research is exploring whether it's possible to zap away that damage and block the cancer from ever forming." 03-06

  • Foods that Help Prevent Acid Reflux (Health.com)
      "In Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure, authors Jamie Koufman, MD, Jordan Stern, MD, and French master chef Marc Bauer take a healthy eating approach to reducing acid reflux." 04-11

  • Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease (GERD) (Healthopedia.com)
      Provides information by topic. 8-04

  • Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease (GERD) (USNews.com)
      "Reflux is the involuntary movement of stomach contents back into the esophagus. This process is normal and occurs several times a day without symptoms or damage to the lining of the esophagus in healthy individuals. But in some people, the reflux can cause symptoms such as burning or pain in the chest, and cause bitter or sour stomach contents to back up into the throat, which may even affect the vocal cords or lungs." 01-07

  • Study: Acid Reflux Pills Linked To Hip Fractures (CBS News)
      "Millions of Americans suffering from heartburn and acid reflux take a class of prescription drugs that includes Nexium, Prevacid and others. With 180 million prescriptions a year and sales topping $14 billion, these drugs are a success story. But, as CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reports, a new study shows using them long-term may significantly raise your chances of fracturing bones."

      "They found people who took PPIs for 5 years were more than one-and-a-half times more likely to have hip fractures. Those who took the drugs for 7 years were four-and-a-half times more likely, which is of particular concern, because 30 percent of seniors who break a hip die within a year." 08-08

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